Course Requirements

Content Area Courses

Note: Language courses begin at the Advanced language for the major.  A placement test in the language is required to determine skill level and appropriate level to begin the language.  Beginning and Intermediate language courses are in addition to the content area requirements but can fulfill open elective requirements.

Advanced Language Core: 12 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Language Electives Core: 36 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

  • ITA 200-300 level course 1
  • ITA 200-300 level course 2
  • ITA 200-300 level course 3
  • ITA 200-300 level course 4
  • ITA 200-300 level course 5
  • ITA 200-300 level course 6
  • ITA 200-300 level course 7
  • ITA 200-300 level course 8
  • ITA 200-300 level course 9

Teaching Culture Core: 4 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Pre-Education Introductory Courses: 22 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Advanced Standing Education Courses: 24 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Test

Pursuing certification in the teaching of a world language (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, 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.  

Open Electives: 2 quarter hours are required

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.  The following cannot be used to fulfill an open elective: WRD 98, MAT 94, and MAT 95.

Student Teaching: 12 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures indicated in the college core section.  EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete.  All students also take WLE 384 with student teaching (listed in the Liberal Studies section).

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 Italian 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.
  • Italian Content Area Test (test #130) – assesses knowledge of the Italian language and culture.  Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).
  • Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) (test #104, grade K-12) – assesses knowledge of teaching planning, delivery, assessment, professionalism, and technology.  Test is required to be licensed; recommended to be taken before Student Teaching.

ITA 201



EDU 25


(0 Credit) This online course provides students with a knowledge about assembling, using, and troubleshooting basic technology hardware and software. In this course, students demonstrate understanding of basic computer setup and the use of peripheral devices such as printers, speakers, flash drives, scanners, digital cameras, videos, and computer software.