Completing the program in foreign language, including passing all state tests, “highly qualifies” you to teach grades K-12 French or Spanish, including honors and AP courses. 

Course Requirements

Secondary Education Major (Professional Education: 10 units)

Take the courses below in the sequence listed. Refer to the IWU catalog for course prerequisites and restrictions on concurrent enrollment. The professional education courses listed below are used to compute your professional education grade point average for TEP and student teaching acceptance.   

First year,



Educ 225

Educ 255


Education and Social Justice (CSI)

Child Study and Assessment (WI)

(or sophomore year)

20-25 hours field experience


Sophomore year



Educ 255

Educ 257

Child Study and Assessment (WI)

The Exceptional Child (U)

20-25 hours field experience


Junior Year*



Study Abroad (see section below)


Junior year*


Educ 360

Curriculum and Pedagogy in Foreign Language

40-45 hours field experience

Junior year


Educ 365

Reading, Writing, and Communication in the Content Areas

15-20 hours field experience

(continues spring placement)

Senior year



Educ 490

Educ 493

Student Teaching Seminar

Student Teaching: Foreign Language

15 week full time immersion in the field (continues May placement)

Senior year*



Educ 498

Educational Inquiry (WI)


*If planning to travel abroad, do so prior to spring term of junior year, and plan enrollment in 225, 255, and 257 accordingly. Ninth semester graduates delay required 300 level professional education coursework to the senior year, and take Educ 498 prior to student teaching spring semester senior year.

French Major Requirements  

The required French courses listed below are used to compute your major grade point average for TEP and student teaching acceptance.

These requirements reflect the most recent information from the major departments. You are advised to consult the IWU catalog and your major advisor regarding current requirements for your graduating class.

French 203 (G)

Intermediate French Conversation and Grammar (G)

French 301 (CSI) or 302 (W)

Advanced Language Studies. (Strongly encouraged to take both courses).

French 303, French 304, or French 330

Literature (L)

French 315, 316, 317, 318, or 340

Humanities  (CHC)

French 310 (W), 312 (CSI, G), or French 350

Social Science

French 360

Advanced Language Study Abroad

French 405, 406, 407, or 408

At least one 400 level French literature course taken as a senior seminar. Additional courses may be counted toward elective requirement below.

Three electives at the 300 or 400 level

Candidates are encouraged to take an additional Humanities course (315, 316, 317, 318, or 340).

Candidates pursuing Research Honors should plan to enroll in French 499 spring of the senior year.

All foreign language candidates are also required to:

  • Study abroad in a country where the target language is spoken (one semester prior to spring of the junior year or enrollment in Educ 360).
  • Earn a minimum score of advanced low on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency telephonic interview (prior to licensure, February or March senior year). 
  • Complete a satisfactory Foreign Language Writing Portfolio (April senior year).

Consult with Professor Sheridan regarding the Oral Proficiency interview and the contents of the Writing Portfolio.

IWU General Education

French secondary education candidates meet IWU general education requirements with the following courses; note that only two general education requirements (not including flags) may be met through each major.

  • Analysis of Values (AV): PHIL 214, Philosophy of Education (recommended)
  • Cultural and Historical Change (CHC): French Major course
  • Contemporary Social Institutions (CSI): Educ 225 (required)
  • Formal Reasoning (FR):  PHIL 102 or MATH 110 (recommended)
  • Literature (LIT):  French 303, 304, or 330
  • U.S. Diversity flag (US):  Educ 257 (required)
  • Global Diversity  (G):  Major course
  • Writing Intensive (WI): EDUC 255 and 498 (required). Additional WI requirements are required for the major.

No more than two general education courses may come from a single department or school, Gateway and Writing Intensive.