1) Students who wish to obtain Colorado licensure for K-12 Foreign Language must earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Modern Languages.
Students may obtain licensure without pursuing a degree at MSCD, if they have this completed major from another institution. The BA in another discipline requires a second BA degree, but fulfills most General Studies requirements.
Students must complete 48 hours in their language concentration of French, German, or Spanish. Alternately, students may choose to complete 42 hours in one primary language and take an additional 18 hours at the 2000 level or above in a second, different secondary language for a total of 60 hours.
2) The licensure requirements are updated to reflect any changes as required by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and are fulfilled by courses in Education and in Modern Languages.
Students preparing for K-12 teacher licensure must fulfill both Modern Languages and Secondary Education requirements at MSCD as well as Colorado Department of Education endorsement standards. It is important to remember that the BA degree in Modern Languages is not alone licensure for public schools.
3) Coursework for licensure under direct or indirect MDL supervision includes a three semester sequence over one Spring semester and the following academic year and successful completion of two external examinations:
-MDL 390M: “Educational Technology for Modern Languages” (2-4 credits) This class will soon be a regular course and replaces for K-12 Foreign Language licensure EDT 3610: Applications of Educational Technology (2-3 credits) [SPR]
-MDL 499A: “Field Experience” (3 credits). This class will soon be a regular course and is to be completed concurrently with MDL 4960 [FALL]
-MDL 4960: “Teaching Foreign Languages in K-12” (3 credits). Students may include this course in the 48 hours. [FALL]
-EDS 4290: “Student Teaching and Seminar: Secondary 7-12” (12 credits) [SPR]
-Pass the PLACE Modern Language exam BEFORE a student may student teach
(See: http://www.place.nesinc.com/ )
-Demonstrate oral proficiency on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) at the Advanced-Low level on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) scale (NCATE requirement – currently $99.00 from http://www.languagetesting.com/ )
4) The core curriculum has been designed to ensure that the Modern Language Education Program meets the Colorado Endorsement Standards. It has been designed to prepare Modern Language teachers to meet
-the Colorado Endorsement Standards
-the Colorado Performance Based Standards for teachers
-the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Program Standards for the Preparation of Foreign Language Teachers
5) All students seeking K-12 licensure should meet EACH semester with both an Advisor in Education AND in Modern Languages to review the CAPP progress report!
(Updated: 2 November 2009)