Degree + Professional Educator License

Examplary World Language

Provide students with a rewarding future in an increasingly more diverse society.

As the U.S. becomes more diverse, young minds benefit from knowing how to communicate with people from different cultures and backgrounds. The Master of Arts degree in Foreign Language Instruction at Lewis University is the perfect program for education professionals who wish to develop Spanish-language proficiency, cultural and linguistic knowledge, and critical thinking skills to provide young learners with the best possible educational experience. Upon completion, graduates of the program will be prepared to instruct Spanish language and culture for grades Pre-K through 12 in Illinois public and private schools.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Foreign Language Instruction students are highly encouraged to study abroad for a summer or semester, made affordable through relationships with Lewis’ Lasallian partner schools around the world.

The Foreign Language Instruction graduate program is fully approved by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board and the Illinois State Board of Education.

Scholarship Options

In addition to the wide variety of Education Scholarships available to students, the TEACH Grant is available specifically for students pursuing specialization in foreign language education.

Sample Courses:

  • Pedagogy and Assessment for Effective Instruction
  • Characteristics and Development for the Adolescent Learner
  • Curriculum and Instruction in the Middle School
  • Special Methods of Teaching Elementary Grades Foreign Language: Spanish
  • Special Methods of Teaching Foreign Language to Adolescents: Spanish
  • Foundations of Bilingual and English Language Learner Education
  • Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities

Career Options

  • Spanish Language Teacher
  • Translator in the U.S. or Spanish-speaking countries

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (to qualify for full admission, a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 for the final 60 hours is required)
  • Official college transcripts from all institutions previously attended
  • Successful completion of Lewis' COESS Graduate Writing Examination
  • Submission of a graduate application form.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Meet with the appropriate Department Chair or Program Director for a personal interview to discuss your educational goals

Please refer to the Office of Graduate Admission for application requirements and specific next steps.


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