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 Russian

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

Course Requirements

Education Introductory Courses: 40 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.  

Education Elective Course: 4 quarter hours are required, grade of C or better required.

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 60 quarter hours. Choose an Education course in consultation with the Academic Advisor or Content Advisor. Courses must be approved by the WLE Program Director prior to registration and requires graduate level registration.

  • Elective Course

Graduate Level Content Area Courses: 4 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.  

Either a course in Russian at the graduate level or an education language course is required; either course must be approved by the WLE Program director.  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. 

  • RUS 300-600 level Russian 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 Russian majors must complete the following tests:
  • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math.  It is recommended to be taken during the first or second quarter in the program.  Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).  *Check with your advisor about qualifying for a waiver with acceptable ACT or SAT test scores.​
  • Foreign Language: Russian Content Area Test (test #134) – assesses knowledge of the Russian language and culture. Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply). 
  • OPI Test (see below).
  • Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) – assesses knowledge of teaching planning, delivery, assessment, professionalism, and technology. Test is required to be licensed; recommended to be taken before Student Teaching.    
  • EdTPA - assessment conducted during the student teaching experience including video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries. Students will submit an electronic portfolio to an outside agency for independent evaluation and a fee will be imposed by that agency as part of the assessment.

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.  It is recommended that the OPI be taken during the first year in the program and in consultation with the WLE content advisor in Modern Languages.

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

T&L 611


This course is designed to assist first-year secondary teachers to make the transition from student of teaching to teacher. The course creates a bridge between first-year teachers' formal education and the realities of their classrooms. In particular, the course provides assistance with the following: 1) understanding their induction into the profession; 2) analyzing their new educational contexts; 3) actualizing their educational philosophies; 4) developing their pedagogical knowledge; and 5) identifying and making the most of professional support systems within their schools. Prerequisite: Completion of student teaching or practicing teacher. PREREQUISITE(S): T&L 590 or practicing teacher.
T&L 590 is a prerequisite for this class.