Foreign Languages B.A. – German Secondary Teaching Emphasis Initial license in Foreign Language (K-Grade 12)

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact: Fumiko Fukuta, Ph.D., Chair

Location: Candelaria 0140

Telephone: 970.351.2685

Fax: 970.351.2898


Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login;; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of four parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits
  4. Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) Credits

Program Description:

By applying critical thinking skills at all levels of language learning, foreign language students develop familiarity with contemporary global issues, knowledge of civilization and culture, and a competence for reading and interpreting in their chosen language of study. The study of foreign languages helps students develop functional proficiency in the language, cultural competence, and an understanding of content in other disciplines through the language. Further, this study provides insight into students' own language and culture, and facilitates the use of linguistic and cultural knowledge beyond the classroom. Foreign language majors may further their studies by pursuing a graduate program in their discipline. They may also choose to combine their language studies with a study of education, business, political science, international studies, history, and fine arts, to mention a few. Graduates work in careers in international relations, law, education, public policy, social services, health professions, business, publishing, and the arts. Faculty encourage and assist students in arranging foreign study opportunities. Participation in study abroad programs reinforces and strengthens language acquisition, and heightens cultural awareness and appreciation. The program's extracurricular activities encourage cultural consciousness and communication skills while developing leadership, organizational, and promotional abilities. Participation is optional. Activities include regularly scheduled conversation credits, language immersion weekends, World Language Day, and Foreign Language Clubs.

Completion of the French or German teaching major prepares the student for State of Colorado Licensure to teach in the elementary and secondary schools.

Program Admission Requirements:

  • All work to be counted toward the degree must be beyond the first year level. Advising and advisor’s signature are required each semester before registration.

Program Requirements:

  • Unless otherwise noted, all courses with the GER prefix are conducted in German.
  • Students must demonstrate competency in certain areas of language activity: oral and written proficiency in foreign language, ability to apply one’s knowledge of the culture to appropriate situations in a foreign language environment. Consult program advisor.
  • To graduate with a Foreign Language degree, students must have a 2.5 grade point average in those courses that count toward the major and that were taken at UNC.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 6 credits

LAC area 3.d. — Foreign Languages

GER 201Intermediate German I


GER 202Intermediate German II


Remaining LAC — 34 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

2. Required Major — 29 credits

Take all of the following courses:

GER 251Intermediate German Lab I


GER 252Intermediate German Lab II


GER 301Germany and the Germans I


GER 302Germany and the Germans II


GER 311German Civilization and Literature Survey I


GER 312German Civilization and Literature Survey II


GER 407German Phonetics and Oral Proficiency


GER 422Directed Studies


Choose two of the following courses:

GER 411Germany Then and Now


GER 412Politics and Society


GER 413German Cultural Identity


GER 414Language, Society and the Profession


Choose two offerings from the two repeatable, variable-topic courses

GER 450Literature, Self and Society


GER 475Research Seminar: German Texts and Contexts


3. University-Wide Credits — 13 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 13 credits

4. Required PTEP — 38 credits

Phase I (5 credits taken concurrently).

EDFE 110 required semester before; see

STEP 161Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching I


EDF 366Conceptions of Schooling: Context and Process


Phase II (8 credits taken concurrently)

STEP 262Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching II


EDSE 360Adaptation, Modification, and Integration of Curriculum for the Secondary Exceptional Learner


PSY 349Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers


Phase III (11-14 credits taken concurrently)

EDFE 120 required semester before.

STEP 363Clinical Experience: Secondary


EDRD 340Developing Language and Literacy in the Content Areas


ET 449Integration of Technologies in Secondary Education Pedagogy


FL 341Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages


EDRD 340: maybe taken outside of Phase III

Phase IV (14 credits).

EDFE 130 required semester before.

STEP 464Secondary Student Teaching


  • Candidates must pass the Praxis or Place test prior to Student Teaching.
  • Candidates may not take extra courses with Student Teaching without prior approval from the Program Coordinator and the STE Director.
  • All PTEP Field Experiences and methods courses need to be successfully completed prior to Student Teaching.
  • Student Teaching outside the supervision of UNC Faculty may or may not be approved.
  • Teacher Candidates will not be placed in a school where they were once students or where they have a close relative attending and/or working.

A 2.5 grade point average is required before students may seek approval for full admission to the Secondary Professional Teacher Education Program and to be recommended for teacher licensure.

Students must meet all requirements for the Secondary Professional Teacher Education Program as described in this Catalog, including STEP 363, Clinical Experience (3 credit hours) to be taken concurrently with the Methods Course FL 341.

In order to obtain approval for a student teaching assignment, a French or German teaching major must have obtained a grade of (3.0) or better in FL 341 and have successfully passed the program oral proficiency exam. (Consult advisor).

Teaching skills are developed through advising and consultation with program faculty, through FL 341, and through the courses in the Secondary Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP).

In order to be recommended for teacher licensure, a 2.5 grade point average is required at the completion of the program in those courses that count toward the major and that were taken at UNC.