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German Teacher Education

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Our award-winning and nationally accredited German Teacher Education major prepares graduates for K-12 teaching while offering a dynamic interdisciplinary approach for exploring the German-speaking world.

You'll have the opportunity to study literature, examine fairy tales or popular song texts, and learn about the latest developments in the European Union. German coursework prepares students to achieve Advanced-Low or higher proficiency, an endeavor supported by study abroad programs in Paderborn or Bonn, Germany. Co-curricular activities, carried out by the German Club and the German Honor Society, also help students develop their speaking skills and learn more about German-speaking communities.

Why Study German Teacher Education?

German Teacher Education majors acquire skill sets that prepare them for K-12 classroom teaching. The hands-on experiences during pedagogy coursework prepare German teacher candidates to succeed in their future teaching career, while reaching a variety of diverse learners. The skills developed during coursework and clinical experiences make graduates of this program ready to meet the challenges of teaching in the 21st century and in a variety of environments.

Upon successful completion of their degree, our graduates are certified to teach K-12 German in Illinois, as well as in 32 other states with reciprocity agreements. Career outlook for graduates remains promising. In fact, school principals around the state regularly contact the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in search of qualified job candidates.

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Ability to adapt to other cultures
  • Good writing and speaking ability
  • Understand cultural diversity, different cultural values and habits
  • Critical reader
  • Ability to translate carefully
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Being Successful in the Field

  • Research and Investigation -
    The search for specific knowledge, from controlled laboratory experimentation to detective work, from scholarly endeavors to investigative journalism.
  • Organize: Information Management -The arrangement and retrieval of data and knowledge, from cataloguing to accounting, from computer programming to inventory control.
  • Communicate: Communications and Persuasion -The exchange, transmission, and expression of knowledge and ideas, from sales to film news writing to illustrating, from teaching to performing.
  • Emphasize: Humanitarian Service -The attention to physical, mental, or social needs of people, from medicine to social work, from labor relations to play therapy.
  • Administer: Organization Management -The direction and guidance of a group in the completion of tasks and the attainment of goals, from politician to minister, from industrialist to school principal.
  • Imagine: Design and Planning -The conceptualization of the future and description of a process for creating it, from the city planner to artist, proposal writer to architect.

Related Fields

Industry and Commerce

  • Overseas sales representative
  • Overseas manager
  • Overseas researcher
  • U.S.-based import/export officer or investment specialist
  • Interpreter
  • Translator
  • Technical writer/translator

Academic and Professional

  • International lawyer 
  • Medical researcher 
  • Health care professional
  • Academic researcher 
  • Librarian 
  • International researcher 
  • UNESCO project worker 
  • Translator 
  • Interpreter 
  • Foreign language/Bilingual teacher 

U.S. Government

  • Agency for International Development (AID)
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Immigration &Naturalization Service (INS):
  • U.S. Customs Service
  • National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Immigration/Customs official 
  • Staff /Faculty at overseas U.S. school 
  • Foreign Embassy staff 
  • Overseas broadcast staff 
  • State Department staff/ Armed forces staff 
  • Translator 
  • Interpreter 
  • Intelligence Agent 

Arts, Media, Entertainment

  • Journalist 
  • Foreign/overseas correspondent 
  • Film producer 
  • Art dealer 
  • Overseas manager 
  • Translator/interpreter 


  • Employee of overseas non-governmental organization
  • United Nations agency and project employee
  • UN translator/interpreter
  • Overseas medicator agricultural worker
  • Peace Corps volunteer
  • Missionary

Travel and Tourism

  • U.S. based travel agent 
  • U.S. hotel staff 
  • U.S. tour guide for foreign visitors 
  • Writer of tourist literature 
  • International airline employee 
  • International hotel staff 
  • International tour guide
  • Agency for International Development (AID)
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Immigration &Naturalization Service (INS):
  • U.S. Customs Service
  • National Security Agency (NSA)


Approximately 100,000 people in this country work in the field of foreign language teaching. Over two-thirds teach in Jr. & Sr. High Schools, and the rest in colleges and universities, elementary schools and commercial and government-operated language schools with the greatest number teaching Spanish. In addition, a substantial number teach English to those who speak other languages as their native tongue. The teaching of English to speakers of other languages also offers expanding opportunities for employment abroad in government, academic & volunteer programs.

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Renee Carrigan  110 Student Services Building  (309) 438-5864 

Internship Coordinator

Name Email Phone Note
Nancy Ferrill  (309) 438-7960  Student Teacher Supervisor 

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for fall transfer students is September 1-January 15. For the spring semester, the preferred filing period is from April 1-August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Minimum GPA


Middle 50% GPA

2.62 - 3.40

Required Courses


Recommended Courses

  • Foreign language equivalent to Illinois State’s 115 level or higher
  • Introduction to psychology (PSY 111)
  • Introductory-level composition (ENG 101)
  • Introductory-level speech (COM 110)

Additional Information

It is strongly recommended that students meet the Basic Skills Requirement prior to enrollment. Visit the College of Education's website for details on acceptable ACT or SAT scores which can be used to meet this requirement.

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Laura Edwards  Stevenson Hall 231B  (309) 438-3279 

Middle 50% GPA

2.62 - 3.40

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Application Period

Applications are always accepted.

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Laura Edwards  Stevenson Hall 231B  (309) 438-3279 
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