We offer different levels of certification programs, according to students' prior preparation/background:
Undergraduate students may do certification in conjunction with a major concentration in French, German, Russian or Spanish. The required courses and testing are listed below. This includes any students who are transferring to WCU who have done part of a language major and/or certification elsewhere.
Remember that all Certification Students will have to complete an Assessment 7 Assignment before Student Teaching.Increase your employment options! Seek a Dual Language Certification. More information regarding our traditional and non-traditional routes to dual certification.
See also the information below on the Graduate Certification page under Graduate Programs.
Post Bac Undergraduate Level Certification
See the Undergraduate Post-Bac Advising sheet (Nov 2017)
Non native-speaker students who are college graduates but have not finished the undergraduate major in the language and wish to become certified:
*Students who are college graduates may do their student teaching as an internship in a contract job (usually called emergency certification) at full salary, but they still have to enroll in student teaching, EDS 411-412, and complete the program with practicum sessions and a certified language coop teacher in their school.
Beginning April 2, 2012, BALC candidates, whose PA certification programs require basic skills tests (formerly PPSTs), now register to take the PAPA - Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment offered by Pearson under the Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT), if they have not already taken or registered for any of the PPST tests. Find more information about the PA Tests and how to register for them. Undergraduate foreign language students seeking initial certification must take the PAPA series of basic skills tests.
Achieving a high score on SATs may exempt students from the above testing requirements.
Additional required testing includes the OPI and WPT tests to be taken before student teaching. See below for full schedule of required testing.
Professional Education (37 S.H.)
Formal admission [EDF 030] to the teaching program (Formal Admission to Teacher Education-FATE) must be completed in order to take the following courses:
PREREQ: Completion of language courses through the advanced level, LIN 230 or LAN 327 [min. grade of "C"], and professional education courses including EDS 306 (excluding EDS 411/412).
For more information on applying for certification, please consult the College of Education web site.