BA in the Teaching of German

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in the Teaching of German degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Germanic Studies degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Major Requirements34
Additional Requirements for Teacher Licensure25
General Education and Electives to reach minimum Total Hours61
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

Required Courses
GER 300Writing in the Study of German a1
Teaching Methodology
GER/SPAN 448Foundations of Second Language Teaching3
GER/SPAN 449Teaching Second Language Literacy and Cultural Awareness3
Language Focus c
Select a minimum of 9 hours from the following:9
Introduction to Advanced Language Study
German Conversation and Pronunciation
Practice in German Language Skills
Business German I
Advanced Practice in German Language Skills
Business German II
Culture Focus b,c
Select a minimum of 12 hours from the following:12
Introduction to the Study of Literary Texts
Introduction to German Cinema
Opera in Germanic Cultures: From Mozart to Berg
Vikings and Wizards: Northern Myth and Fairy Tales in Western Culture
Introduction to Germanic Literature
Contemporary Germanic Culture and Society
Periods of Germanic Literature and Culture
Topics in Germanic Literatures and Cultures
Topics in Genres in Germanic Studies
The City as Cultural Focus
Germanic Cultural Studies I: Genres
Germanic Cultural Studies II: Authors, Movements, Periods
Germanic Cultural Studies III: Themes
Contemporary Germanic Literature
The Faust Legend
Gender and Cultural Production
Business Operations in German-Speaking Countries
Exploring the Field of Germanic Studies
Interdisciplinary Focus c
Select a minimum of 6 hours from the following:6
Business German I
Advanced Practice in German Language Skills
Business German II
Business Operations in German-Speaking Countries
Exploring the Field of Germanic Studies
Computer Assisted Language Learning
Total Hours34
a

GER 300 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.

b

Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog to determine if any of these courses are approved General Education courses.

c

Courses may appear on multiple focus lists, but any given course may be applied to only one focus area.

Additional Requirements for Teacher Licensure

Courses
ED 200Education Policy Foundations3
ED 210Principles of Learning and Instruction Across the Lifespan3
ED 330Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the Urban Secondary Classroom4
SPED 410Exceptional Learners3
GER 494Educational Practice with Seminar I6
GER 495Educational Practice with Seminar II6
Total Hours25

In addition to specified course work in the major field, the teacher education student must fulfill certain other requirements and must maintain a minimum departmental GPA of 3.00/4.00, a cumulative GPA of 2.50/4.00, and a minimum GPA of 3.00/4.00 in education courses. For detailed information, see the Program Guide for Teacher Education in German, available from the secondary education coordinator in the Department of Germanic Studies.

Programs must be approved by the major advisor for Germanic Studies. Licensure requirements need to be approved by the Licensure Officer in the Council on Teacher Education.

The teaching license is not automatically awarded upon successful completion of licensure and degree requirements. Before the license is issued, the candidate must file an application for the Illinois teaching license with the Council on Teacher Education. The candidate must also pass a series of examinations required by the Illinois State Board of Education. The Basics Skills Test must be passed prior to applying for candidacy with the Council on Teacher Education. The Content Area Test must be passed before the candidate is allowed to student teach. The Assessment of Professional Teaching must be passed prior to licensure. For information on application procedures, contact the Council on Teacher Education located in 3015 ETMSW. See the Council on Teacher Education section of the catalog.

Recommended Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
Declare Secondary Education Curriculum  
Take the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) a  
OR  
ACT/SAT scores may be used in lieu of a Pass on the TAP b  
Take General Education/Curriculum courses 16-18
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
Take General Education/Curriculum Courses 16-18
(Meet with Program Advisor) c  
 Hours16-18
Second Year
Fall Semester
Request Enrollment Approval for:  
Education Policy Foundations  
Principles of Learning and Instruction Across the Lifespan  
Take General Education/Curriculum courses 16-18
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
ED 200 Education Policy Foundations 3
ED 210 Principles of Learning and Instruction Across the Lifespan 3
Complete Application to Candidacy d  
Request Enrollment Approval for:  
Exceptional Learners  
Middle and High School Literacy e  
Take General Education/Curriculum courses 10-12
 Hours16-18
Third Year
Fall Semester
SPED 410 Exceptional Learners 3
CI 414 Middle and High School Literacy (after admission to candidacy) e 3
Complete Application to Candidacy d  
Take General Education/Curriculum courses 10-12
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
Request Enrollment Approval for:  
Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the Urban Secondary Classroom (March 15) d  
Complete Application to Student Teach d  
Take Content Area Test by deadline a,d  
Complete General Education/Curriculum courses 16-18
 Hours16-18
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
ED 330 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the Urban Secondary Classroom 4
Complete General Education/Curriculum courses 8
 Hours12
Spring Semester
File Intent to Graduate Form (No later than the 3rd week of the semester in which you plan to graduate)  
Complete Student Teaching  
Take Assessment of Professional Teaching test a  
Complete Entitlement Application 12
Complete and pass edTPA assessment  
 Hours12
 Total Hours120
a

http://www.il.nesinc.com

b

https://cte.uic.edu/assessments

c

http://www.las.uic.edu/departmentaladvising

d

Consult program advisor or CTE website for deadline

e

Only for Teaching of History and Mathematics

Endorsement for the Teaching of German

Endorsement is available to students obtaining full licensure in an approved UIC Teacher Education major. To teach German as a second subject in Illinois public schools one must apply for, meet all requirements, and receive an Endorsement from the State Board of Education. For information on requirements and application procedures for a second subject endorsement in German, contact the Council on Teacher Education.