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Explore the teaching - German bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Combine your love for teaching and the German language with a bachelor's degree in German education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Graduates are certified to teach German to students in pre-K through grade 12.

The curriculum within the German teaching major provides countless opportunities for you to grow both as a person and an educator. Courses in structural language skills, including grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and style will give you a broad understanding of the German language. Students also can choose to pursue courses related to European art and design, geography, history, philosophy, political science and religion to provide an even more well-rounded and interdisciplinary education. 

Professional development and real-world learning are critical components of the teaching - German major. A semester spent student teaching, as well as multiple opportunities to assist teachers in their classroom, will help you identify your preferred teaching style and discover how to best meet the needs of your learners. Courses in professional communication and modern Germany will further enhance your reading, writing, listening, speaking and translating skills. 

An exciting and key feature of this program is that all German teaching majors are required to participate in an international language immersion experience. Ranging from six weeks to a semester abroad, you'll immerse yourself in a country where German is spoken, gaining a deeper cultural awareness and a better understanding of the German language. 

Rooted in experiential learning and travel, the German teaching major will help you share your love of the German language with the next generation, shaping your future students into curious and culturally competent citizens along the way. 

Annisa Luginbill in the Weiner Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera House).

Blugold begins teaching career in Germany

Recent German education grad Annisa Luginbill will begin her career teaching English in Germany, thanks to the Fulbright Diversity Program. Annisa learned about the Fulbright opportunity while studying abroad in Marburg, Germany, and is thrilled to be returning. 

“I completely fell in love with the country and culture while I was there and I truly never wanted to leave,” she said. “The Fulbright seemed like a perfect fit for me, and a great way to combine my interests in travel, teaching and German.”

Once in Germany Annisa will be placed in a school with a high population of students with immigrant or minority backgrounds. Annisa said she most looks forward to being immersed in the German language and culture, traveling to parts of Europe that she didn't have a chance to explore previously and getting to know her students.

“I’m also hoping to gain more self-confidence and experience as an educator,” she said. “This will follow me back to the states as I begin my teaching career.”

Teaching - German degree scholarships

Through the generosity of alumni and other partners, UW-Eau Claire is able to offer many different scholarships to both new and current Blugolds. Many incoming students are automatically awarded scholarships for having outstanding academic achievements. There also are additional scholarships reserved for students seeking a German degree. For example, the John and Hilde Bacharach German Scholarship offers two scholarships ranging from $350 to $700 to those wishing to major or minor in German.

Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.

To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your German teaching degree.

Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.

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Quick facts

Teaching - German program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Availability: campus
  • This major requires a minor or certificate.
  • This program is also available as a minor.
Student organizations
  • Der Deutsche Verein (German Club)
  • Aspiring Educators

Licensure information

The United States Department of Education requires institutions to disclose information for programs leading to professional certification or licensure about whether each program meets state educational requirements for initial licensure or certification. Please note:

  1. The licensure information assumes that a student has obtained a Wisconsin Teaching License PRIOR to applying for a teaching license in another state.
  2. "Meets requirements" means that a student is eligible for a license with stipulations, typically for 1-3 years, in that state. The stipulations are likely to be specific testing requirements and/or competency through a course or examination of the history, culture and/or constitution of the specific state. In some instances, additional stipulations might be added.
  3. State licensure requirements may change at any time. While the listing will be updated annually, a student must be aware that any particular state could move from Does Not Meet to Meets to Undetermined and back again over the course of a degree program.
  4. Licensure questions should be referred to the Teacher Education Program Office (teacheredprogram@uwec.edu).

The requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Wisconsin, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Wyoming, District of Columbia

The requirements of this program do not meet licensure in the following states: Delaware, New Jersey, New York

It has not been determined whether the requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

Teaching - German bachelor's degree program highlights

Explorative, skill-building curriculum. The German teaching major offers a variety of fascinating classes and electives. Learn about Renaissance art, continental European politics or the Holocaust. Coursework and related projects will prepare you for in-depth travel experiences and help you develop empathy through insights into other cultures. Our graduates leave ready to stand out in the job market and continue their lifelong journey of learning, speaking and teaching German.

State-of-the-art technology. Outside-the-classroom learning opportunities at UWEC are endless. For example, our language lab and the Roma Hoff Instructional Resource Center are filled with sound and video programs, films, games and computer software to help you apply what you've learned in class.

Study abroad opportunities. Whether it's a few weeks in Marburg or a semester in Hessen, UWEC German teaching majors have multiple study abroad and cultural immersion programs to choose from. Learn how different societies educate their youth and gain new ideas about how teachers reach their students. Take it from our grads — developing teaching techniques in another country is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won't want to miss!

Connection to local employers. To help you explore career opportunities and make valuable connections, we host an annual Education Job Fair, an on-campus career fair specific for those looking to enter the field of education. This event is an excellent opportunity to make connections and submit your resume for current and future job openings.

A supportive environment. Recognized nationally for the quality of its faculty and curriculum, our languages department is known for helping students grow, achieve and succeed. Here, our talented professors make it a priority to create an impactful learning environment where you come first. Faculty have abundant experience in the subjects they teach and go out of their way to help you become the best teacher you can be. 

Awarded

Center of Excellence

by the American Association of Teachers of German in 2015

Spend

6+ weeks

in a country where German is spoken

What jobs can you get with a teaching - German degree from UWEC?

Upon completion of the German teaching program, you’ll earn the licensure necessary to teach German in elementary, middle and high school (pre-K-12) classrooms. And because UW-Eau Claire is known nationally for our top-notch education programs, Blugold educators don't have to look very far to find teaching jobs. 

Where are teaching - German alumni now?

Hannah Schneeman in Heidelberg, Germany.

Recent grad creates German/Wisconsin pen-pal exchange

Since graduating from UWEC, Hannah Schneeman has been putting her German education degree to good use. Teaching middle- and high-school German in Portage, Wisconsin, Hannah has made a lasting impact on her students — something she will continue to do while teaching abroad. 

Selected as a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award recipient, Hannah is off to teach English in the state of Saxony in eastern Germany. And while Hannah won't physically be with her Wisconsin students, she'll still be educating them from afar. Setting up a pen-pal exchange between her current Portage students and her future German students, Hannah will benefit both classes with her expertise and insights from students in another country. 

"I'm excited to be immersed in the language again while exploring Saxony, which I've never visited; visiting Marburg, where I studied abroad; and, of course, enjoying the food. I'm always trying to improve my German, and I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the German school system," she said. 

Teaching - German bachelor's degree program curriculum

Courses within the teaching - German major and minor will help you master speaking, writing, communicating and teaching German. Through unique projects, discussions and assignments, you'll explore the many factors that affect the school performance of second language learners, giving you better insight into teaching techniques and how to best reach your students.

Classes for teaching - German majors may include:

Learn more about the teaching - German major in the UWEC course catalog.

Learn more about the teaching - German (MC-EA) minor in the UWEC catalog.

Learn more about the teaching - German (EA-A) minor in the UWEC catalog.

Learn more about the teaching - German (EC-A) minor in the UWEC catalog.

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