Foreign Language Education
Kennesaw offers two different programs leading to initial P-12 certification in foreign language: B.A. in modern languages (Concentration II: FLED) and the Alternative Teacher Preparation Program. Our program allows you to experience teaching hands on in the field where you will put theory to practice and our program will prepare you to navigate the complex educational profession by focusing on real-world applications of theory, helping you prepare for certification, and supporting you with experienced advisors throughout the process. In addition, we welcome Asian Studies students interested in learning about second language education, methodologies, and language acquisition via the TEFL concentration.
Our students are a diverse group of aspiring educators with destinations all over the world and we seek to prepare them for the challenges and places that await them. Our students are passionate about their studies and about sharing their experiences with students.
Teaching foreign language is not just a career in teaching; it is a career where you will throw open the doors for students to see the many, rich ways of living across the world. You are bringing your students into a global community of learners and the world is your classroom. Initial certification for foreign languages will prepare you to teach from pre-school to high school. Foreign language teachers are an area of critical need throughout the state and the nation. Learn more about the opportunities by visiting Teach Georgia and the national initiative to recruit language teachers, Lead with Languages. We encourage you to explore the possibilities of teaching a second language!
Teacher Education Admission Requirements
Students must meet all the Teacher Education admission requirements of the Bagwell College of Education as well as additional Department of Foreign Languages requirements for admission to the FLED program. Please note that admission to Teacher Education is separate from admission to Kennesaw State University.
Language Skills Assessment
An evaluation from the instructors of your two most recent Chinese, French, German, or Spanish courses, assessing your skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, as well as your potential for success in the program. If you've not had any courses at the 3000-level, one evaluation from CHIN 2002, FREN 2002, GRMN 2002, or SPAN 2002 will suffice.
To maintain academic standing in the FLED program, all students, once admitted, must maintain a GPA of 2.75 or higher.
The Foreign Language Teacher Education (FLED) program allows degree candidates to complement their studies in the primary language with the coursework required for teacher certification. The FLED program is accredited by ACTFL / NCATE and the FLED curriculum satisfies requirements of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC). Students successfully completing the FLED program are recommended for the State of Georgia Induction Certificate in P-12 Chinese, French, German, or Spanish. This FLED program is Nationally Recognized by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). It is one of only two nationally recognized foreign language teacher certification programs in the state of Georgia.
Steps for Undergraduate Majors
Steps for Alternative Teacher Preparation and Certification-Only Program
- Policies and Procedures for non-degree, certification-only candidates (with a degree in a foreign language)
- Policies and Procedures for Alternative Teacher Preparation program for candidates currently employed as foreign language teachers on provisional certification
- FLED ATP/Certification Program Requirements
Learn more about language teaching and learning! Do you have questions about our program? Are you a teacher looking for professional development resources? Please contact us! We are always looking for opportunities to collaborate with the K-12 community and connect our students to the schools where they will work.
- Karen Graf, Senior Lecturer of Spanish & FLED Adviser
- Dr. Brian Olovson, Assistant Professor of FLED & Spanish
- Allison Webb, Lecturer of Spanish and FLED
Georgia Department of Education World Languages
- GADOE World Languages and Global Initiatives
- GADOE World Languages Professional Development Page
- GADOE World Languages on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
State and Regional Professional Organizations
National Organizations and Committees
Research and Professional Development
- American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)
- American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)
- American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI)
- American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese (AATSP)
- The Chinese Language Teachers Association, USA (CLTA)
- American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ)
- American Association of Teachers of Korean (AATK)
- American Classical League (ACL)
- Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
An Advocacy Project by Kennesaw State FLED Students
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