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Chinese Education (K-12)

Bachelor of Science in Education


  • Oxford
  • Major
  • On Campus

Become a Chinese Language Educator

Research shows there are benefits of second language learning that exceed a student’s own linguistic abilities. Second language learning provides cognitive benefits that help to support academic achievement and improve beliefs about other cultures. Miami offers five K-12 licensure programs: Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish.

Contact Info

Martha Castañeda, Ph.D.
Professor of Foreign Language Education
Department of Teacher Education
McGuffey Hall 401
210 E. Spring St., Oxford, OH 45056


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Curriculum and Courses

The Chinese Education major requires courses in the language, methods of teaching, and student teaching in the language field. Teacher candidates complete language and culture courses in the College of Arts and Science. For the education portion of the degree, we utilize a cohort-based approach to teaching methods and pedagogy for each language taught in the department. We offer two teaching methods courses to instruct teacher candidates on effective language teaching strategies. Study abroad is also required.

A few of the courses you will take in the in Chinese Education major include:

  • CHI 101/102, 201/202, 301/302, 401/402 
  • TCE 191 Threshold Concepts of Teaching, Curriculum, and Educational Inquiry
  • EDP 301 Assessment and Evaluation in Educational Settings
  • TCE 421A Classroom Cultures, Community, and Climate
  • TCE 454 TESOL in PK-12: Instructional Theory & Practice

Depending on a placement exam, you will take Elementary Chinese through Fourth Year Chinese II for proficiency in the Chinese language.  Native or heritage speakers will choose from a different set of courses. See advisor for details.

At Miami, there is something for everyone.

Course Catalog

Career Options

Besides language teaching, those who take a second teaching field in mathematics, science, social studies, or another subject may find employment teaching that subject in a bilingual school. Additionally, students who obtain additional education may choose to pursue roles in educational administration.

Additional Opportunities

Teachers prepare, motivate, encourage, and inspire.

Why Teach?
  • Teaching licensure

    Miami’s Department of Teacher Education is fully accredited by the Ohio Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

    View our Accreditations
  • Teacher Job Fair

    Teacher Job Fair

    Miami’s annual teaching-specific job fair connects our undergraduate and alumni teacher candidates with school districts from across the country.

  • students on a study abroad trip in belize

    Study Abroad

    Discover all the study abroad options available to you. One favorite Winter Term course, Culture, ELs, Research and Writing in Belize, is specially designed for students who desire to add international teaching, field, and service experiences to their resume and broaden their perspectives of teaching.

    Study Abroad Opportunities


Jing Xiao
  • Miami’s Department of Teacher Education is a great place for future teachers. As an international student, I found my professors to be supportive. They really care about their students’ passion and about what I needed to succeed.

    Jing Xiao ‘13
    MAT AYA English Language Arts and Chinese Education Licensure

Facts and Stats

Your college experience here will be one of the most exciting times of your life. To make sure of this, we’ll provide you with a powerful support system.

  • 90% First-to-second year retention

    Miami University Data

  • 21st Among Public Universities in the United States for Four-Year Graduation Rate

    The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac

  • 96% of 2018-2019 graduates who were employed or furthering their education by fall 2019

    Miami University Data

Admission and Aid

This is Where Your Journey to Miami University Begins.

Explore what it means to be a college student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where students prepare to go anywhere and everywhere. We’ll be here to help every step of the way as you prepare for college admission, enrollment, and success.

Students declare a pre-major in a Teacher Education program at the time of university admission or as soon as possible. After declaring a pre-major, students must apply for acceptance to a cohort—a group of students selected to experience certain parts of the program together. Selection is limited for each cohort to ensure quality instruction; those applicants with the greatest potential for academic success are selected for each cohort. Admission to Miami University or to the College of Education, Health, and Society as a pre-major neither implies nor guarantees selection to a cohort.

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