College of Arts and Letters2014-2015

Department of Global Languages and Cultures

Secondary Education - German, Bachelor of Science in Education

This degree prepares future educators to teach German language and stylistics, heightened by an exposure to Germanic civilization and literature. Students also become versed in the theories of language acquisition and best practices for teaching language.

This program is nationally recognized by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Careers

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Education in Secondary Education - German?

You love the German language and culture and you relish the opportunity to teach it to another generation. If that sounds like you, then becoming a high school German teacher might just be the path to follow. Major in secondary education with an emphasis on German, and you'll learn how to communicate in the language and spread cultural awareness.

In the department of Modern Languages, you’ll have access to the Language Learning Center, a state-of-the-art computer, video, and audio laboratory, as well as opportunities to study abroad or participate in exchange programs. While gaining expertise in teaching skills, you’ll develop all the tools you need to shape the educational experience of high school German students.

Note: You must apply and be accepted to the College of Education’s teacher education program in addition to being admitted to the university.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Tutor
  • Reading specialist
  • Curriculum specialist

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Counselor
  • School psychologist
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Superintendent


University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 38 units of major requirements
  • At least 24 units of Foundations in Teaching requirements

  • Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements

  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Candidates in this program are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, professional knowledge, and professional dispositions to be eligible to enter student teaching or internship placements. Content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills, professional dispositions are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in the following course(s):

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
GPA 2.5
Mathematics Required MAT 114
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Foreign Language Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching Required
Study Abroad Required
University Honors Program Optional
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Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • To be eligible for admission to the program, candidates must meet the following requirements:

    30 units of coursework which includes:

    • EDF 200 with a grade of "C" or better
    • MAT 110 or MAT 114 with a grade of "C" or better
    • The English foundations requirement (ENG 105 or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 3.0. (If your English GPA is below 3.0, you may take an approved writing course to achieve the 3.0 GPA.)
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 in all content major coursework (must have taken at least 3 units) and a cumulative 2.5 GPA in all courses.

  • Additional requirements:

    • You must be declared in this major.
    • Completion of teacher-education orientation for Secondary Education
    • Submission of a copy of your State-approved Identity-Verified Print (IVP) fingerprint clearance card, obtainable through the Arizona Department of Public Safety (602-223-2279)
Major Requirements
  • Take the following 62 units with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all GER and LAN courses and with a grade of "C" or better in each course.

    German (GER) and Language (LAN) courses (38 units)

    *Of these 15 units of 300- and 400-level GER courses, you must complete at least 12 study-abroad units from either GER 323 or GER 423. NAU has a variety of study-abroad options for you to complete your German study-abroad requirement. Your advisor will work with you personally to identify necessary courses as well as an affordable and an effective experience.

    Please be aware of the following:
    • You may count up to 9 units of credit-by-exam. Contact the department for more information.
    • You may not count GER 100 level courses toward your major requirements.
    • You may only take lower-level GER courses if you have not already taken advanced GER coursework. For example, after you have completed 200-level GER courses, you may not take GER courses at the 100 level; after completing a 300-level course, you may not take 100- or 200-level courses.
  • In all of our teacher education programs, you are required to complete a student teaching or internship experience. In addition, a minimum number of units of practicum is required, which involves supervised field experience with a practicing teacher.  

    Before being accepted to student teaching, the following criteria must be met:

    • Admission to the teacher education program
    • NAU GPA must be at least 2.5, with a GPA of 2.5 in all GER and LAN courses, with no grade lower than a "C" in the major.
    • Complete all plan requirements.
    • All major coursework, with the exception of [EDF 200] must be completed within the six years prior to student teaching.
    • All candidates must demonstrate social and emotional maturity consistent with professional standards of classroom instruction as well as adequate physical health for teaching.
  • Arizona Teacher Certification

    In order to obtain an Arizona teaching certificate you must pass both the appropriate National Evaluation Series subject matter test and the National Evaluation Series Secondary Assessment Professional Knowledge.

Additional Information
  • Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Plan Option

    This program is available as an Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan.  Accelerated Programs provide the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates working on their bachelor’s degree to simultaneously begin work on a master’s degree, which may allow them to complete both degrees in an accelerated manner by applying 6 units toward both degrees.  Students must apply to the accelerated program and the master’s program by the application deadline, and meet all requirements as listed on the Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Programs to be considered for admission.  Admission to programs is competitive and qualified applicants may be denied because of limits on the number of students admitted each year.  Be sure to speak with your advisor regarding your interest in Accelerated Programs.
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.  

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

  • Please note that you may take as an elective POS 220 (or POS 110 and POS 241), which satisfies the state and federal constitution requirement for Arizona certification, or you may meet the requirement by demonstrating proficiency on a special exam.
Additional Information
  • All candidates for the German B.S.Ed. major must take the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Advanced-Low Level Check. See your advisor for details.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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