No. For students in the elective certification programs, the 36 credits in professional education courses will substitute for this requirement.
We urge you to take a second language up to or beyond the 202 level for a variety of reasons that include: increased opportunities of employment in today’s competitive global job market, the ability to complete non K-12 certification requirements for the B.A. in your language area, enhanced preparation for internships and travel/study abroad, professional and personal success, and the development of critical thinking on the relationship between language and culture, amongst others.
Additionally, all new admits to the program are required to take the ACTFL OPI and WPT and pass with a score of Intermediate High, as mandated by the PA Department of Education. These tests are administered by the Department of Languages and Cultures. For further information, please contact Dr. Keith Corbitt (Supervisor of Teacher Education for the Department of Languages and Cultures, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Before enrolling in EDS 411/412, certification candidates work with designated faculty members to request and take second language proficiency tests offered through ACTFL/LTI. The OPI is administered by a certified rater via telephone; the WPT is administered online.
The exams are paid for by the Department of Languages and Cultures (DLC).
In accordance with the PA Department of Education, Intermediate High is required for certification. There is no prerequisite score for student teaching (EDS 411/412).
Although one needs only Intermediate High for certification, the Department of Languages and Cultures supports ACTFL’s mandate that all candidates speak and write at a minimum of Advance Low. Consequently, the DLC will create individualized remedial programs for those candidates who do not reach AL during LAN 401/503.
For Basic Skills and Subject Area tests, preparation material can be found at: http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/coed/PAtests.asp. Additionally, the Department of Languages and Cultures has review books and study guides available for the Subject Area tests. See Main Hall 109.
Classes such as SPA 444, FRE 305, FRE 315 and FRE 422 will help prepare you for the OPI and WPT in your respective language. Please see your advisor regarding course selection and when ACTFL exams are administered as part of a course requirement. The Department also recommends that candidates participate in a study abroad program prior to student teaching. For more information regarding study abroad, see your advisor and: http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/sch_cas.flg/studyabroad.asp
Questions regarding Clearances should be directed to the COE. In the event you have arrests or convictions on any clearance document, you are required to make an appointment with the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Accreditation in the College of Education to discuss university policy concerning continuation in teacher education and take steps to be cleared for field experiences. You should not report to any field experience site without clearance. (http://wcupa.edu/_academics/coed/studentinfo/clearances.asp).
You are assigned an academic advisor in the Department of Languages and Cultures, and a professional advisor in the College of Education’s Department of Professional and Secondary Education, in order to provide you quality advising and guidance in both disciplines (education and foreign language).
The Supervisor of Teacher Education for the Department of Languages and Cultures is Dr. Keith Corbtit (email@example.com.). Feel free to contact Dr. Corbitt with any questions you may have.