Secondary Education (BSEd): World Languages Education

The World Languages Education program is devoted to providing students with a combination of fluency in the target language and the ability to implement best practices in foreign language pedagogy. The World Languages Education program emphasizes that learning a foreign language also means learning about another way of life and avoiding a narrow cultural perspective by developing intercultural understanding. Through the experiences in this program, students gain a deeper understanding of the nature of language and culture. Students seeking certification in Secondary Education, World Languages must complete the requirements for both the major in Secondary Education, World Languages AND for the language major as specified by the College of Liberal Arts (CLA); specific requirements for the language can be found in the CLA programs section of the Undergraduate Bulletin.

The World Languages program offers certification in:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Latin
  • Portuguese
  • Hebrew

Although most graduates work in secondary school settings, there is an increasing need for foreign language teachers in elementary schools, especially for teachers of Spanish. In response to this need, the curriculum is designed to equip students with knowledge and skills they can apply in K-12 settings.

Studying Abroad

Secondary Education World Language majors are encouraged to study overseas, when possible, in relevant foreign language speaking areas through Temple or external study abroad programs. Temple offers semester and year-long programs at Temple campuses in Rome and Oviedo, Spain, as well as exchange options at the University of Puerto Rico and Universities of Hamburg and Tübingen in Germany. Temple offers various summer language programs in Rome, Germany, Spain, and France. The Latin American Studies Semester program is an immersion experience available at Temple's Main Campus to all Spanish majors during spring semesters. Students interested in study abroad should consult with the office of Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses and College of Education Academic Advising to explore program options and develop a study abroad academic plan in advance.

Contact Information

If you have additional questions about the World Languages Education program, please contact:

Elvis Wagner, Associate Professor
phone: (215) 204-5821

Major Requirements

Course List
Code Title Credit Hours
EDUC 1255 Inclusive Education for a Diverse Society 3
EDUC 2103 Socio-cultural Foundations of Education in the United States 1 3
EDUC 2109 Adolescent Development for Educators 1 3
EDUC 2296 Effective Teaching: Theory and Practice 3
SPED 2231 Introduction to Inclusive Education 1 3
EDUC 2255 Effective Use of Instructional Technology in Classrooms 3
EDUC 2306 Assessment and Evaluation 3
ENES 3338 Foundations of Language Teaching: Teaching English Language Learners in Grades 4 to 12 3
SECE 3796 Differentiated Literacy Instruction in the Disciplines, 7-12 3
EDUC 4111 Classroom and Conflict Management in Grades 4 through 12 3
SECE 4801 Senior Seminar and Performance Assessment in Secondary Education 3
SECE 4688 Student Teaching in Secondary Education 9
Total Credit Hours 42

Course required for candidacy.

Program Requirements for Secondary Education /World Languages Education

Course List
Code Title Credit Hours
FLED 5429 Curriculum and Methods in Foreign Languages 3
FLED 5431 Innovations in Foreign Language Education 3
EDUC 4389 Field Experience 1
EDUC 4389 Field Experience 1
Total Credit Hours 8

Academic Content Area - World Languages

Language courses should be chosen in accordance with major requirements outlined by the relevant department in the College of Liberal Arts.

Total Semester Hours for Certification in One Foreign Language: 122-124

Optional Certificate in English as a Second Language (ESL):  It is recommended that certification in English as a Second Language (ESL or ESOL) or in an additional foreign language be pursued in order to enhance career opportunities. Courses may be taken during summer sessions to avoid heavy course loads during the academic year. Total Semester Hours for Certification in One Foreign Language and ESL: 131-133