World Languages & Cultures Education

There are two pathways for the World Languages & Cultures Education Program depending on the licensure being sought. The first, a combination of a Spanish, German or French major and Secondary Education minor, prepares candidates for becoming K-12 world language teachers and attaining the K-12 World Language & Cultures license in their language of choice. Alternatively, students may pursue a combination of an Elementary Education major and World Languages and Cultures endorsement in French, German or Spanish. This prepares students above and beyond elementary education to teach the selected language of choice to grades K-8. Succesful students will attain two licenses with this pathway. Both programs include foundational coursework as well as a student teaching experience.

What You'll Gain

At the completion of this program, students will have accomplished:  

  • 100+ hours of field experiences
  • An additional 600 hours during 16 weeks of student teaching
  • A program approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Opportunities for leadership through partnerships between CSB/SJU and local school(s) during Discover Your Future


Interested in the courses that the K-12 World Languages & Cultures Education Program includes? Check out the content (major) courses and education (department) courses for French, German, or Spanish.

Alternatively, if you are interested in a K-8 World Languages and Cultures endorsement in conjunction with the Elementary Education program, learn about the courses for this endorsement here. As this endorsement requires completion of the Elementary Education program as well, learn more about the Elementary Education and endorsement courses here.

Admission to World Languages & Cultures Education

Interested in the World Languages and Cultures Education program for French, German or Spanish? Learn about the application process to the department and how to prepare.

Seeking Licensure

For students pursuing a Minnesota teaching in K-12 World Languages and Cultures, Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations are also required. Students must complete the following exams:

For more information regarding licensing, please see "Apply for Licensure." Additional questions regarding licensing can be directed to the Program Coordinator. Teacher candidates are reminded of MTLEs prior to student teaching and receive instructions on the application to their license near the completion of their student teaching experience. It is recommended that teacher candidates complete the MTLEs for their applicable license just prior to student teaching. Spring student teachers should be especially proactive in registering early for these examinations.