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Teacher Certification


Garrett-Rucks, Young, Swanson

Georgia State University (GSU) offers teacher certification in French, German, Classics (Latin), and Spanish. Our remarkable program features coursework unique to other certification programs in the state. Because teacher certification in Georgia is P-12, GSU offers two methods courses that focus on elementary and middle school methods as well as a 9-12 methods course for teaching languages in high school. Dr. Peter Swanson, a well-recognized Spanish teacher and researcher, directs the secondary methods course. Dr. Paula Garrett-Rucks directs the P-8 methods course as well. Both share working with students in the introduction Foundations of Second Language Learning course. GSU also offers a specialized Technology in Foreign Language Education course that prepares teachers to use technologies for different aspects of language instruction. Our field placements is directed by Dr. Melissa Young, a veteran Spanish teacher who has been the recipient of various outstanding teaching awards, who oversees the students during their student teaching and internships.

GSU offers traditional bachelor's degrees in French, German, Classics (Latin), and Spanish with concentrations in Teacher Education. Additionally, GSU offers master of arts programs in French, and Spanish. Graduate students interested in becoming teachers can take additional coursework to become certified to teach languages in Georgia.

GSU students at AATSP –GA conference with ACTFL’s Paul Sandrock

MCL Faculty with ACTFL