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German Education (K-12)

Bachelor of Science in Education


  • Oxford
  • Major
  • On Campus

Become a German 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

College of Education, Health and Society

401 McGuffey Hall

210 E. Spring St., Oxford, OH 45056


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Curriculum and Courses

Teacher candidates complete language and culture courses in the College of Arts and Science including at least 34 semester hours above the 202 level in German. 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. All German Education students are required to participate in a study abroad program. A few of the other courses you will take in this major include:

  • EDT 190 Introduction to Education
  • EDP 201 Human Development and Learning in Social and Educational Contexts
  • EDT 454 TESOL in PK-12: Instructional Theories and Practices
  • EDT 421A Classroom Cultures, Community, and Climate

At Miami, there is something for everyone.

Course Catalog

Career Options

The foreign language education licensure for grades K-12 leads most graduates into primary, middle school or high school teaching positions. 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.

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

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.

  • 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.

  • Study Abroad

    Choose from a variety of programs, including a seven-week Miami summer program, or a semester/ yearlong program with Wayne State at the Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich. Students may also take some German language courses while studying abroad at Miami’s campus in Luxembourg.

    Study Abroad
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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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