World Language Education program is part of the School of Teaching & Learning in the BGSU College of Education & Human Development  

  • Bachelors Available
  • Bachelors Available

World Language Education

Prepare for a career teaching one of eight languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian or Spanish. As a language teacher, you'll have a direct impact on the ability of future generations to be more globally connected in the 21st century.

Quality classroom experiences

Experience classroom theory with field and clinical experiences from freshman through senior year; this provides valuable insight into the teaching profession. During introductory and advanced methods courses, and student teaching, you'll participate in authentic teaching experiences in PK-12 classrooms. You'll also have the opportunity to study abroad and participate in multicultural student teaching experiences.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Conversation across Cultures
  • Topics in Hispanic Culture
  • Roman Civilization


Besides your University and college requirements, successful completion of the undergraduate program includes:

  • a specialization in one of the eight listed languages
  • a full academic year abroad experience (or acceptable equivalent)
  • a series of professional education courses
  • professional exams (including content exams, and speaking/writing proficiency exams)
  • field and clinical teaching experiences in world language classrooms. 

This prepares you to apply for a multi-age (3-21) teaching license in the language.

Students study abroad for a full academic year
(bilingual students with extensive life experience abroad may appeal this)

Internships and Careers

Students receive valuable field experience as early as the freshman year. Additionally, the college hosts one of the country’s largest teacher job fairs, sponsored by BGSU’s Career Services.

Average BGSU Placement Rate

89% of graduates report they're employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation

GO FAR in your career

  • World Language teacher (Ohio or other states)
  • Teacher of English (worldwide)
  • Peace Corp.

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World Language Education program is part of the School of Teaching & Learning in the BGSU College of Education & Human Development

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in the world language education major are expected to:

  • Apply theories of human development and learning to their teaching through the design of lessons and units of instruction.
  • Plan, implement and assess instructional strategies.
  • Exhibit professional and ethical behavior when working with students, their parents, other educators and community members.
  • Have developed oral and written proficiency in their world language (for Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish), or reading proficiency (for Latin), at the level prescribed by ACTFL/NCATE and BGSU.

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The World Language Education program is accredited by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification

More information on accreditation

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state.  

More information on professional licensure

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact

Updated: 10/16/2023 09:43AM