World Languages Education

Do you love languages, and want to share that passion with future students?  Candidates can pursue a K-12 License in teaching Spanish, French or German by majoring in Hispanic Studies, French or German, and completing a minor in Secondary Education.  We also offer an endorsement in K-8 World Languages for Elementary Education Majors. Becoming a World Language teacher means bringing the world into your classroom!

What You’ll Gain

  • 100+ hours of field experience working with language learners in classrooms
  • An additional 600 hours of classroom exposure during 16 weeks of student teaching
  • A solid understanding of how students learn new languages, how best to teach languages, and how to expand your students’ worldviews through teaching meaningful cultural content
  • Opportunities to collaborate with professional language teacher organizations in our state (MCTLC) and nationally (ACTFL)
  • Experience working with learners at all levels: elementary, middle and secondary
  • Opportunities to observe and gain experience in language immersion programs in our state
  • A program approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board


Are you interested in learning more about this program? Candidates can choose between two options:

K-12 World Language license – students major in the language they will teach, and minor in secondary education. Candidates who are successful in obtaining this license often teach high school world languages, but are licensed to teach K-12.

K-8 World Language endorsement – this endorsement can be added to an Elementary Education major and allows you to teach grades K-8. Elementary Education majors complete coursework in the target language that is roughly equivalent to a minor in that language.

Admission to World Languages Education

Learn about the application process to the department and how to prepare.

Seeking Licensure

For students pursuing a Minnesota teaching license in K-12 World Languages education, Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations are also required. Students must complete the following exams:

For a K-8 World Language Endorsement to an Elementary Education K-6 teaching license, please see the Elementary Education program.

For more information regarding licensing, please see Apply for Licensure. Additional questions regarding licensing can be directed to the Program Coordinator. Teacher candidates are reminded of MTLEs prior to student teaching and receive instructions on the application to their license near the completion of their student teaching experience. It is recommended that teacher candidates complete the MTLEs for their applicable license just prior to student teaching. Spring student teachers should be especially proactive in registering early for these examinations.

Language Immersion

To teach in an immersion school (ex. Spanish immersion elementary), the state of MN does not require a special license. Qualified language immersion teachers hold an Elementary Education license and demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language that they will use to teach. Interested in becoming an immersion teacher? We recommend taking EDUC 356 World Languages Pedagogy K-8 to obtain additional training in language teaching methods, and to secure a field experience in one of our local immersion programs. Contact Allison Spenader for more information.

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Leah VanOverbeke
Department Coordinator