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BA in German Teaching
(63–79 hours*, including licensure hours)


This major is designed to prepare students to teach in public schools. In order to graduate with this major, students are required to complete Utah State Office of Education licensing requirements. To view these requirements go to http://education.byu.edu/ess/licensing.html or contact Education Student Services, 350 MCKB, (801) 422-3426.

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  1. See General Information section.
  2. 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 go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
  3. Grades below C- in professional education courses or content courses will not be accepted in the teaching major or teaching minor. Teacher candidates must have a cumulative 2.85 GPA in teaching major and teaching minor courses to qualify for student teaching.
  4. A teaching minor in another subject is strongly recommended. Teaching opportunities in public schools may be significantly reduced without a second teaching subject that a teaching minor provides.
  5. Declare the major at the Humanities Advisement Center and contact the German teaching major advisor to complete a German proficiency examination. A minimum initial rating of intermediate - mid is recommended.
  6. Complete the following Level 1 courses (may be waived with equivalent experience including Germ 330):
  7. Complete the following Level 2 courses (may be waived with equivalent experience including Germ 330):
  8. Complete three hours of one of the following (or equivalent):
  9. Complete the following Level 3 courses:
      GERM 302 : Advanced German Language 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      GERM 302 : Advanced German Language 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Germ 301 and/or an "advanced" score on the 300-Level German Placement Test (administered in Germ 202 or 330).
      RECOMMENDED: Germ 301, 330 if major language exam score is "intermediate" or lower; Study Abroad in Berlin or Vienna.
      DESCRIPTION: Integration of different aspects of language learning including speaking, listening, culture, writing, reading, pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar.
      NOTE: Required for German major or minor. Geared toward the "advanced" level language learner.

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      GERM 303 : Advanced German Language 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      GERM 303 : Advanced German Language 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: GERM 302
      RECOMMENDED: Germ 330; Study Abroad in Berlin or Vienna.
      DESCRIPTION: Continuation of Germ 302. Integration of different aspects of language learning including speaking, listening, culture, writing, reading, pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar.
      NOTE: Required for German major or minor. Geared toward the "advanced" level language learner.

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      GERM 330 : Cultural History of German-Speaking Peoples. (3:3:1.5)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      GERM 330 : Cultural History of German-Speaking Peoples. (3:3:1.5)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Germ 202 or equivalent experience.
      DESCRIPTION: Culture, with listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar as secondary emphases. Includes International Cinema.
      NOTE: Entry course for returned missionaries or others with equivalent German language experience. Required course for obtaining language credit by examination (Germ 101, 102, 201, 311R). Prerequisite to all 400-level courses. Culminating course for Languages of Learning requirement.

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      GERM 343 : Introduction to Literary Analysis. (3:3:.5)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      GERM 343 : Introduction to Literary Analysis. (3:3:.5)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      RECOMMENDED: Germ 302, 303, 330, 340.
      DESCRIPTION: Close reading of texts; examining various critical theories and their application to German prose, drama, poetry, and film. Preparation for 440R - 445R sequence. Includes International Cinema.

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      GERM 344 : Introduction to Phonetics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      GERM 344 : Introduction to Phonetics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: GERM 330
      RECOMMENDED: Germ 301, 302, 303.
      DESCRIPTION: Perfecting listening and speaking skills through applying phonetics and acoustic analysis; practicing speaking and listening.

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      GERM 377 : Methods in Teaching German. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      GERM 377 : Methods in Teaching German. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: GERM 303 & GERM 344 & FLANG 276
      DESCRIPTION: Developing meaningful and engaging instruction for secondary students in German; developing critical thinking, problem solving, literacy, and democratic character; assessing learner performance.

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      GERM 378 : Practicum in Teaching German. (1:1:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      GERM 378 : Practicum in Teaching German. (1:1:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: GERM 303 & GERM 344 & FLANG 276; concurrent enrollment in Germ 377.
      DESCRIPTION: Implementing meaningful and engaging instruction for secondary students in German; developing critical thinking, problem solving, literacy, and democratic character; assessing learner performance.

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      Note: Germ 377 must be taken concurrently with Germ 378 fall semester and prior to student teaching; however, Germ 377 and 378 may be waived for students who have taken a methods course for another language.
  10. Complete the following or other approved advanced writing course:
      GERM 340 : Writing About Literature. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      GERM 340 : Writing About Literature. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      DESCRIPTION: Methods of literary interpretation. Reading, writing, and research skills integral to the literary analysis expected in German major or minor courses.
      NOTE: Fills GE Advanced Written and Oral Communication requirement.

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  11. Complete one course from the following:
  12. Complete 10 additional hours of pro-seminars and/or courses numbered 315 or higher.
  13. Complete a senior capstone paper. (The teacher work sample completed during student teaching serves as the capstone paper.)
  14. Complete an ACTFL OPI exam with a minimum rating of Advanced-Low before applying to student teach. Contact the Center for Language Studies, 3086 JFSB, to schedule. This requirement may also be satisfied during Germ 400R.
  15. Final German proficiency examination: Complete the following during the last two semesters before graduation (not offered spring or summer).
      GERM 400R : Fourth-Year Proficiency Tutorial. (1-3:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      GERM 400R : Fourth-Year Proficiency Tutorial. (1-3:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      DESCRIPTION: Individualized skill building in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar. Open to students of all levels. For graduating seniors, completed portfolios reviewed, and final proficiency examination administered.
      NOTE: Required for one credit in one of final two semesters for graduating seniors.

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        (1 hour required).

  16. Complete an ETS Praxis exam in German prior to applying for graduation and certification. Contact Education Student Services, 350 MCKB.
  17. Complete the Professional Education Component:
    • Complete the following:
        CPSE 402 : Educating Students with Disabilities in Secondary Classrooms. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        CPSE 402 : Educating Students with Disabilities in Secondary Classrooms. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
        PREREQUISITE: Sc Ed 350 or concurrent enrollment; Sc Ed 276R or comparable major course; FBI fingerprint background clearance.
        DESCRIPTION: Issues, policies, and methods in teaching secondary students with disabilities in general education classrooms. Lab.

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        FLANG 276 : Exploration of Teaching Foreign Languages. (4:2:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        FLANG 276 : Exploration of Teaching Foreign Languages. (4:2:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: FBI fingerprint and background clearance.
        DESCRIPTION: Field-based exposure to practices, demands, and issues associated with teaching foreign languages in public secondary schools.

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        IP&T 286 : Instructional Technology in Teaching. (1:1:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        IP&T 286 : Instructional Technology in Teaching. (1:1:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
        DESCRIPTION: Using instructional design, visual design, and differentiated staffing principles along with multimedia authoring systems, telecommunication, and other computer-based tools in the development of educational applications for secondary education settings.

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        SC ED 353 : Multicultural Education. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SC ED 353 : Multicultural Education. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
        PREREQUISITE: Sc Ed 350 or concurrent enrollment; Sc Ed 276R or Phy S 276 or Engl 276R or Bio 276 or SFL 276R or Hlth 276R or MthEd 276 or PETE 276R or TEE 276A or TEE 276B.
        DESCRIPTION: Designing and adapting instruction for diverse learners; collaborating with families, cultures, and communities in promoting and sustaining learning.

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        SC ED 375 : Adolescent Development and Classroom Management. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SC ED 375 : Adolescent Development and Classroom Management. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
        PREREQUISITE: Sc Ed 276R or Phy S 276 or Engl 276R or Bio 276 or SFL 276R or Hlth 276R or MthEd 276 or PETE 276R or TEE 276A or TEE 276B; or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Analysis of education practice and the relationship between theories and research on development, classroom management, education and the practice of teaching. Focus on adolescent development and an introduction to classroom management.

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        Note: FBI fingerprint and background clearance must be completed before enrollment in FLang 276.

    • Complete 12 hours from one of the following:

*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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