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Teaching German B.A.A.

Foreign Languages & Literatures
College of Education and Human Service Professions
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 71 to 91
  • Degree: Bachelor of Applied Arts
The B.A.A. in teaching German is offered through the Department of Education, in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. This major prepares students to teach German from kindergarten through grade 12. Note: Students pursuing both the B.A. and B.A.A. degrees in German must satisfactorily complete 12 non-overlapping upper division credits of German electives beyond the requirements for both degrees.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 45 credits before admission to the program.
Freshman and transfer students are usually admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
Students entering the secondary and K-12 licensure programs are bound by the policies in effect at the time of application; admission is based on criteria established by the Dept of Education, consistent with MN policies as established by the National Council for Accreditation in Teacher Education. Students must 1)complete EDUC 1101; 2)GPA of at least 2.50 cumulative, including transfer work & in major courses completed at time of application; 3)take the MTLE Basic Skills Test for licensure; 4)passing scores on a nationally recognized standardized test (MTLE Basic Skills Test, ACT, SAT); 5)minimum 30 documented hours working with students in grades 5-12; 6)receive a C- or better in all required courses for the major. Students must submit a letter of application, resume, letters of recommendation and their APAS report. There are alternatives to the admission procedures to encourage the participation of individuals from underrepresented groups and students as determined by the dept.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Course (1 cr)
This course will be waived for transfer students or students who change colleges from a college where it is not required. Register course for one credit.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
Required prerequisites
Lower Division Requirements (3-23 cr)
Students may be exempted from part of the lower division requirements if they have previously completed German language coursework. Dept of Foreign Languages and Literatures determines exemptions based on acceptance of transfer credits and work done in secondary school. Students with 3 years of high school German enter sequence at the intermediate German level and are exempted from GER 1101-1102. Exemption does not necessarily carry credits toward the 120 credits needed for graduation.
EDUC 1101 - Education in Modern Society [LE CAT7, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
GER 1101 - Beginning German I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
GER 1102 - Beginning German II [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
GER 1201 - Intermediate German I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
GER 1202 - Intermediate German II [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
GER 2301 - Advanced German [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1. It is recommended students take LING 1811 for Lib Ed Logic and Quantitative Reasoning, ENGL 1907 for Humanities. 2. Students must successfully complete an oral proficiency exam administered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures before student teaching. 3. Compliance with general regulations governing granting of degrees. Students are required to review their degree status in the CEHSP Advising & Academic Services Office early in their senior year. 4. Program completers must pass all tests required by the Minnesota Board of Teaching to be recommended for licensure. 5. Students are expected to: a) make satisfactory progress each semester, including grades of C- or better in all courses required in the major; b) demonstrate acceptable professional performance in applied learning settings (e.g., laboratory, field experiences, clinical experiences); and c) obtain an approved background check before being placed in clinical, field, intern, or student teaching experiences. Students who do not meet program expectations can be dismissed from the major. Details on these requirements are available from the department office.
Upper Division Requirements (29 cr)
Some of the upper division German courses may be transferred from another college or earned abroad, but at least two courses must be taken at UMD. By the second semester, sophomore year, students start upper division major courses and plan for application to the secondary teacher education program (STEP). Students must register for 4 credits in EDUC 3412. GER 4044 will satisfy LEP Global Perspective requirement.
EDUC 3412 - The Computer in Education (4.0 cr)
HLTH 3202 - Drug Education (2.0 cr)
WRIT 3140 - Advanced Writing: Human Services (3.0 cr)
Ger 3xxx-5xxx: including one culture course taught in German
See complete listing of Duluth course descriptions at www.catalogs.umn.edu/UMDcourses/.
Take 20 or more credit(s) from the following:
· GER 3xxx
· GER 4xxx
· GER 5xxx
Diversity Immersion Experience Requirement
Candidates must spend a minimum of 40 hours at a formal or nonformal educational setting that has a high percentage (greater than 50 percent) of children, young adults, or families from diverse communities. The format of this experience allows candidates to observe, interact, and reflect in an educational setting guided by focus questions and recommended readings.
Students must meet this requirement after they take EDUC 1101 and before they complete their education program. Registration for credit is not required for this experience; however, candidates who wish to earn credit may register for EDUC 4991.
Block Requirements (38 cr)
Application for admission to the blocks is preferred to be completed fall semester for spring semester admission. Application for admission to the blocks must be submitted by the 6th Friday of the semester. Applications are available from the Department of Education website.
Block 1 (12 cr)
All courses must be taken concurrently. Consult advisor for additional upper division German course.
EDSE 4204 - Designing Learning Environments and Lessons (3.0 cr)
EDSE 4100 - Teaching in a Diverse Society (3.0 cr)
EDSE 4501 - Adolescent/Adult Development and Learning Theory (3.0 cr)
SPED 3415 - Special Education in the Secondary School (3.0 cr)
Block 2 (13 cr)
All courses must be taken concurrently. Application for student teaching must be made by the 4th Friday of the semester before student teaching. Applications are available from the Department of Education website. Consult advisor for additional upper division German course.
EDSE 3206 - Apprenticeship: Secondary School (2.0 cr)
EDSE 4214 - Teaching Content-Area Reading (2.0 cr)
EDSE 4525 - Assessment for Secondary Education (3.0 cr)
EDUC 4040 - World Language Teaching Methods (4.0 cr)
EDUC 4381 - Teaching Indigenous Students (3.0 cr)
Block 3 (13 cr)
All courses must be taken concurrently; EDSE 4600 register for 12 credits; registration for student teaching in the sr year requires grades of C- or better in all courses in the teaching major/minor; graded completion of all education block courses including EDUC 4044; completion of at least 85% of teaching major courses; passed the oral proficiency exam and permission from faculty in the foreign languages program. Must have personal liability insurance while working in field placement setting
EDSE 4600 - Student Teaching (3.0-12.0 cr)
EDUC 4500 - Professional Issues and Ethics (1.0 cr)
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