Content Area Courses

All students need to have sufficient knowledge of the subject they will be teaching.  Illinois State Board of Education requires a minimum of 48 quarter hours (32 semester hours) in the content area subject.  Students should meet with their designated Content Area advisor at the beginning of their program for an official written content evaluation and provide a copy to your academic advisor.  Requirements can be satisfied by undergraduate coursework or courses taken elsewhere.  Content courses must be completed before student teaching.

Requirements for World Language Education Japanese

All coursework in the content area must earn a grade of C or better and a minimum of 18 quarter hours (12 semester hours) must be coursework at an undergraduate upper level or graduate level.

  • Advanced Japanese I
  • Advanced Japanese II
  • Advanced Japanese III
  • Advanced High Japanese I
  • Advanced High Japanese II
  • Advanced High Japanese III
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective​
  • Literature/Culture Elective​

Course Requirements

Pre-Education Introductory Courses: 16 quarter hours required

Advanced Standing Courses: 28 quarter hours required

Graduate Level Content Area Courses: 4 quarter hours required

One course in Japanese at the graduate level (or with approval, an education language course) is required.  Courses must be taken before student teaching if pursuing degree (not required for individuals pursuing licensure only).  Courses must be approved by the WLE Program Director prior to registration and requires graduate level registration.

  • JPN 300-600 level Japanese course 

Student Teaching: 8 quarter hours required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures listed in the college core section. EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete.

Recommended/Optional Course

SCG 439 is required for middle school endorsements but is not required for the degree.  If taking SCG 439 for endorsement purposes, a grade of C or better is required.

Licensure Tests

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license.  World Language Education Japanese majors must complete the following tests:

  • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math.  Test is required to qualify for Advanced Standing.  *Check with your advisor about qualifying for a waiver with acceptable ACT or SAT test scores.
  • Foreign Language: Japanese Content Area Test (test #131) – assesses knowledge of the Japanese language and culture.  Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).
  • Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) (test #103, grade 6-12) - assesses knowledge of teaching planning, delivery, assessment, professionalism, and technology.  Test is required to be licensed; recommended to be taken before Student Teaching. 

Field Experiences

Each student seeking licensure from the College of Education/Professional Education Unit must complete supervised field experiences in appropriate settings in conjunction with education courses. The field experiences must include a variety of grade levels, multicultural experiences, and a minimum of 15 hours in special education settings. All field experiences must be completed prior to final approval for student teaching. Field experience hours should be entered by the student into the FEDS system when completing courses with field experience requirements.  For details on requirements, expectations, documentation, & courses in your program that require hours, visit the College of Education website.

Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Test

Pursuing licensure in the teaching of a foreign language (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, or Spanish) requires the oral proficiency test – an Interview – before you begin student teaching. You must earn a rating of "intermediate high" or better on the test.

For additional information about the OPI and a link to the test, please consult the OPI section of the College of Education website.​