World Language Education

About BGSU's World Language Education Program:

Bachelor’s in World Language Education

BGSU's World Language Education Program prepares you for a career teaching one of eight languages – Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, or Spanish. As a language teacher, you can have a direct impact on the ability of future generations to be more globally connected in the 21st century. In the program, students will experience classroom theory with field and clinical experiences from freshman through senior year to provide valuable insight into the teaching profession. During introductory and advanced methods courses, and student teaching, teacher candidates will participate in authentic teaching experiences in PK-12 classrooms. World Language Education students have the opportunity to study abroad and participate in multicultural student teaching experiences.

Master’s in Teacher Education

Beginning in Summer 2014, students who 1) have earned a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four year institution, 2) earned a 3.0 GPA or higher, 3) and had a major, minor, or equivalent appropriate content area or related field, and 4) have achieved the required levels of oral and written proficiency or higher in their language (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian or Spanish), can apply to earn a master’s degree in Teacher Education in order to become licensed to teach in the state of Ohio.

Where Are the World Language Education Alumni Now?

In the last several years, graduates have become teachers in Ohio, as well as other states.  Alumni also have chosen to teach English abroad, enter the Peace Corps, pursue graduate studies, or work in educational positions that involve planning curriculum.


Students who want to teach Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian ,or Spanish in elementary (PreK-8) or secondary (7-12) schools may pursue the graduate or undergraduate World Language Education program. In addition to University and College requirements, successful completion of the undergraduate program includes a specialization in one of the 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), and field and clinical teaching experiences in world language classrooms. These components prepare students to apply for a multi-age (3-21) teaching license in the language. World Language Education Checksheet

Study Abroad

BGSU's renowned Academic Year Abroad programs offer undergraduate students the linguistic and cultural benefits of extended living and studying in another language and culture. Teacher candidates work with the Academic Year Abroad Office and their advisors regarding the timing of their abroad and on-campus courses.

BGSU faculty members direct study abroad programs in collaboration with local, on-site professors. Because of BGSU's extensive commitments and contacts, BGSU study abroad programs are among the least expensive. Students pay regular BGSU tuition and receive full academic credit for their coursework abroad. In addition, students may apply for University or departmental scholarships. Students live with host families.

Students also can study abroad through other university programs or apply directly to international universities.  Some candidates have decided to participate in alternative experiences such as becoming an “au pair” or participant in mission trips.

Career Services and Campus Life

BGSU is home to one of the largest Teacher Job Fairs in the country, sponsored by BGSU’s Career Services. Candidates in BGSU teacher education programs enjoy a variety of resources for their use including the Curriculum Resource Center in the Jerome Library and the Technology and Resource Center in the Education Building.  In addition to Greek Life, additional campus-wide clubs and organizations are available, including education-related associations. French Education majors can live in La Maison Francaise and Spanish Education majors can live in La Communidad.

The World Language Education program at Bowling Green State University is an ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Nationally Recognized Program. All Teacher Education programs at BGSU are also fully accredited by NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education).


For information on scholarships available through the college of EDHD, please visit: EDHD Scholarships