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Certification Only

The Second BA with a concentration in Teacher Education program is for those, who have already earned a Bachelor's degree at an accredited university, that desire to be certified to teach one of the following foreign languages:


Advising Check Sheets

This program is technically not for a 2nd degree just for a certification only.  The student does not have to take any of the core course requirements, only the language major courses, and the teacher certification courses. 


Transfer Credits

If the student has previously taken education courses or courses in the target language at the 3000/4000 level at another accredited university, it may be possible to use these toward the program We would need to review your transcripts, course descriptions, and syllabi to see if anything can be used.

Please contact the following professors to set up an appointment to evaluate your transfer courses:

 Classics (Latin) Dr. Gerard Pendrick 
 Education Dr. Peter Swanson
 French Dr. Kay Doig 
 German Dr. Robin Huff
 Spanish Dr. Oscar Moreno


Steps for the 2nd BA Teacher Education

  • Apply to GSU with your major in French, German, or Spanish with a concentration in Teacher Education.  For Classical Studies (Latin) your major in BIS Classical Studies.  You are not required to take any of the core courses or language courses for which you already have transfer credit.
  • Those holding a degree from a foreign university will need to order an official evaluation of their university transcripts to be sent to the office of Admissions.  Non-native English speakers may also have to take and pass the TOEFL exam. 

  • Take all courses needed in the Target Language, Education, & Foreign Language Education.  Please consult the above Advising Check Sheet Areas for a complete list of required courses.  Note that students must make a minimum grade of “B” in all of the Target Language and Foreign Language Education courses.  courses.  In order to take the Education courses and Foreign Language Education courses students must apply to the Teacher Education program.   If it has been a while since your last language course, it is recommended that you take the WebCAPE prior to taking courses.  Depending on your score, will determine if you need to start at the intermediate level or if you need to take a 2nd placement exam.

  • Take and pass all sections of the Departmental Proficiency Exam in the Target Language studied.  Exams are given every February & October.  Students must have passed all sections of the Departmental Proficiency Exam in the Target Language prior to taking the Student Teaching or Internship.  To register for the exam please contact Dr. Swanson pswanson@gsu.edu.

  • Pass all three of the GACE - Program Admission Assessments (Reading, Writing, & Math).  You do not have to take the GACE - Program Admission Assessments if you have one of the following:  SAT Verbal/Critical Reading & Math combined scores of 1000, ACT combined score of 43, or GRE combined score 1030 (old scale) or 297 (new scale) or have hold a master’s degree from GSU or another university. 
  • All teachers seeking certification in Georgia must pass the GACE - Content Assessments (Reading/Writing & Listening/Speaking in the target langauge) in order to be certified.  

    • If you are already teaching in your own classroom, then you will take the Internship and will be exempt from having to take the Practicum.  The Practicum is taken your 2nd to last semester of the program and can be taken with other courses.  The Student Teaching or Internship is taken your very last semester alone.  Students must submit the below online information forms prior by February 1st for the fall semester and September 1st for the spring semester.

    Be sure to read the Program Policies and Procedures