Requirements for a Major in Foreign Languages with Teacher Licensure
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers the only nationally recognized teacher licensure program in the state of Mississippi. The Professional Education Unit at The University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The B.A. in Foreign Languages (licensure in French or Spanish) is nationally recogized by the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Students may choose between Spanish or French and must complete 30 semester hours at the 200 level or above in the appropriate concentration with a grade of C or higher. All licensure students must take FL 461 Teaching Second Languages: Theory into Practice and FL 461L Teaching Second Languages Lab, a 30-hour observational practicum in area schools, as well as complete one semester of student teaching. To fulfill the requirements of the teacher education program, students will also take courses in educational psychology, classroom management, general methods of teaching, testing and assessment, foundations in education, and special education. Before graduation students will be required to take the Praxis II Test in Spanish or French and an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) administered by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), with a target level of Advanced Low. As a part of the licensure concentration, all students must graduate within the requirements of an NCATE approved program of study. Due to the prerequisites, GPA requirements, and specific plan of study, students interested in this program must inform their advisor early in their academic career (Freshman or Sophomore year).
Upon graduation students with a BA in Foreign Languages and Licensure may apply for jobs to teach Spanish or French at the K-12 levels in Mississippi with reciprocity in many bordering states. Our licensure graduates are in high demand by area schools and are often offered jobs at the completion of their student teaching semester.