Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
German—Elementary Education, BAEd
What is the study of German?
In keeping with the aim of providing the skills needed to learn about a culture in depth, the department trains in two areas: language structure and literary analysis. Language structure is taught both holistically and analytically. Holistic language learning is facilitated by modern methods and multimedia technology, as well as study abroad opportunities. The department supports the analytical instruction of language structure through a full range of language skills courses, as well as a significant number of courses in linguistics. Literary analysis is essential to a student’s understanding of the highest achievements in aesthetic expression of a culture’s values. The department provides instruction in history and culture, as well as literary theory, with an end to enabling the student to gain access to the intellectual life in the culture. The department imparts skills to future foreign language teachers so that they may similarly enable high school students to begin the acquisition of foreign languages.
This major satisfies the academic major requirement for teacher certification with an endorsement in elementary education and must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in elementary education. See the Elementary Education section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.
No foreign language endorsement granted.
This program is designed for prospective elementary teachers who wish to concentrate their major efforts in a foreign language. This program is not intended to result in a teaching endorsement by the department, but does satisfy the academic major requirement for certification in elementary education.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages provides students the skills to learn firsthand about major world societies. The department believes that the best way to understand a culture directly is through its language. The modern languages offered in the department are spoken natively by nearly two billion people. The multifaceted programs of the department provide an opening to the world through language, literature, culture and civilization. It is a meeting place for true diversity.
How to Declare:
Make an appointment with the German advisor.
When meeting with the advisor, you should bring:
- An “Official Declaration of Undergraduate Major” form (available at the Department Office)
- An unofficial WWU transcript
- Documentation for courses taken at other colleges or universities
- Documentation for any study-abroad credits earned
Applying to the Elementary Education Professional Program:
Admission to the Elementary Education Professional Program is required before a student may begin taking courses in the Professional Sequence. Requirements for consideration of an application include:
- Completion of a minimum of 45 credits (most or all GURs complete)
- Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher overall or for the last 45 credits
- Acceptable WEST-B scores. This test is offered 6 times a year at various sites in the state. Visit the WEST-B website at www.west.nesinc.com for more information.
- Completion of an English composition course with grade of B- or higher
- Completed application
Meeting the above criteria makes the applicant eligible for admission, but does not guarantee admission. For further information, visit Teacher Education Admissions, Miller Hall 214, 360-650-3313 or visit the web site at www.wce.wwu.edu/admiss. See also: Elementary Education Professional Program Guide
- Minimum of 21 credits must be taken in language skills courses (e.g., GERM 201, GERM 202, GERM 203, GERM 301, GERM 302, GERM 401) through the fourth year.
- Remaining credits are to be earned in selected courses under advisement at the 300- or 400-level in the language; up to 24 of these credits may be earned through foreign study course work in language, culture or literature (if taken in the target language).
Elementary Education Professional Program Requirements
Department of Elementary Education, Woodring College of Education
Students seeking a bachelor’s degree with teacher certification and an endorsement in elementary education must complete the GURs, an approved academic major, and the professional education course work listed below.
These courses are offered within this major and may be used to satisfy GUR or Writing Proficiency Requirements.
- BCOM: GERM 103, 104, 201
- QSR: MATH 381, 382
- HUM: GERM 202, 203, 301, 302
- Elementary Teacher
Petra S. Fiero
MH 217A; 360-650-4860
Modern and Classical Languages Department Office:
MH 223, 360-650-3918
Elementary Education Professional Program Information
Miller Hall 300
Teacher Education Admissions
Elementary Education Professional Program Advisor and Program Manager: