German and Russian

German Teaching

German Teaching
Hours64 - 80 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

The German and Russian Department requires a minimum of 18 hours of upper-division major credit to be taken in residence at BYU for this degree program. These hours may also be applied to BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
For students accepted into the major after December 16, 2019, grades below C in any required coursework in a teaching major or teaching minor will not be accepted. Teacher candidates must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher once admitted into the program and to qualify for student teaching. For additional details on admission and retention requirements for teaching majors and teaching minors, see Educator Preparation Program Requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Declare the major at the Liberal Arts Advisement Center and contact the German Teaching major advisor for advising.
Complete the following prerequisite courses: Germ 101, 102, 201, 202. Some or all may be waived based on placement exam. See for more information or contact the department.
requirement 1 Complete 3.0 hours from the following course(s)
Complete 3 hours of the following or equivalent residency (mission, study abroad, internship, German language residence):
requirement 2 Complete 7 courses
Note: Germ 377 must be taken concurrently with Germ 378. Germ 377 and 378 may be waived for students who have taken a methods course for another language.
requirement 4 Complete 2 courses
Complete the following courses (not offered spring or summer) during one of last two semesters before graduation. The courses must be taken concurrently. Germ 400R prepares students for proficiency exams. Germ 401 posts the Teacher Work Sample grade to the transcript. Completion of Germ 400R two semesters before student teaching is recommended.
Complete the Teacher Work Sample, during student teaching, which serves as the required capstone paper.
Complete the ETS Praxis test for German prior to applying for graduation and certification. Contact Education Student Services in 120 MCKB to sign up for the test.
requirement 5
Professional Education Component:
Licensure requirements: Contact the Education Advisement Center, 350 MCKB, 801-422-3426, to schedule the final interview to clear your application for the secondary teaching license. You should be registered for your last semester at BYU prior to the scheduled appointment.
All candidates for teacher licensure are required to be fingerprinted and pass an FBI background check prior to enrolling in FLANG 276. Go to 350 MCKB for fingerprinting and an FBI background check. Allow 2-3 weeks for processing. Fingerprint clearance is valid for three years only. If clearance expires prior to student teaching, candidates must repeat the fingerprint clearance and fee process. Failing to expunge or clear up a police record of any kind prior to the background check may result in a blocked registration while a review board investigates the charges. Candidates who do not pass an FBI background check will be removed from the teacher education licensure program.
requirement 7 Complete 12.0 hours from the following course(s)
Complete an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview and receive a minimum rating of Advanced-Low before applying to student teach. Contact the Center for Language Studies (3086 JFSB) to schedule your interview. This requirement may also be satisfied during Germ 400R.
Student teachers/interns must complete required forms in their mYlink accounts and attach their TWS to their mYlink account for their program. All requirements must be completed to be cleared for graduation.
Program Outcomes: 

1. German Language Proficiency

At the end of each of these courses, students will demonstrate minimum German language proficiency according to the 2012 ACTFL Oral Proficiency Guidelines as follows:

101: Novice High; 102 Intermediate Low

201: Intermediate Low/ Intermediate Mid; 202: Intermediate Mid/High

301: Intermediate High; 302 Intermediate High/Advanced Low; 303: Advanced Low (Some higher)

330: Students will demonstrate ability to complete written assignments in German. This will likely be at the Intermediate High/Advanced Low level.

2. Written Assignments and Research Papers

In written assignments, students will analyze and engage with concepts or German-language artifacts in a coherent, thoughtful manner appropriate to their course level. In research papers and capstone papers, students will demonstrate their abilities to

1) find problems and questions in the artifacts that they are discussing

2) compose thesis statements that make defensible claims that address the problems and questions in the artifact;

3) Compose a well-ordered argument that logically develops the ideas in the thesis statement; and

4) Introduce specific supporting evidence through well-integrated quotes in carefully-crafted paragraphs

3. Entering the Critical Discourse

When confronted with new concepts and/or artifacts, students will demonstrate a level-appropriate capacity to do the following:

1) test and question the soundness of ideas;

2) apply theoretical concepts in their analysis;

3) recognize ethical problems and global implications;

4) explore the multivalent nature of the object of their analysis; and

5) engage in ongoing critical discussions and negotiate between a plurality of viewpoints.

4. Cultural Literacy

Students will be able to engage with and cogently discuss a variety of culturally significant German-language literary, historical, artistic, filmic and musical texts and artifacts from all major periods. They will be able to analyze and discuss these works in their various social, cultural, historical, religious, and ethical contexts.

5. Second Language Acquisition and Learning Theories

Apply second language acquisition and general learning theories to create effective language learning environments and programs at different levels.

6. Planning and Delivering Instruction

Plan and deliver instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, goals, and national and state standards.

7. Assessment

Use formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and improve learner performance and improve language instruction at different levels

8. Professionalism and Self-Reflection

Maintain professional standards by self-reflection and improvement, professional development, and development of productive relationships with colleagues, the profession, and the community.