A student seeking teacher licensure in either French or Spanish needs 30 hours at the 200 level or above in the appropriate concentration.

All students seeking teacher licensure in foreign languages must include FL 461 and FL 461L in their programs. In addition, the student should fulfill the requirements of the Teacher Education Program at Southern Miss, as explained on the SMART Degree Plan (a progress sheet for students once they are in the program).

Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all foreign language courses and in all required professional education courses.

Before graduation, all licensure students will be required to take the Praxis II Oral and Written Productive Skills Tests in Spanish or French and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), with a target level of Advanced Low.

As a part of the licensure concentration, all students must graduate within the requirements of a National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE)-approved program of study.


A foreign language minor requires 18 hours of study for most languages—including 100-level courses—but 21 hours for classics. Minors are available in French, German, Latin and Spanish. Basic language courses are also offered in Arabic.