Foreign Language Instruction, M.A.

Degree + Professional Educator License

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 K-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 accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and 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' COE Graduate Writing Examination
  • Submission of a graduate application form with non-refundable application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Meet with the appropriate Department Chair or Program Director for a personal interview to discuss your educational goals
NOTE: Passing the Basic Skills Test is required by the state of Illinois before the student teaching semester. While this is not a requirement for admission to any of our programs, we strongly recommend that students seeking a Professional Educator License complete this requirement as quickly as possible. Students are considered to be a provisional candidate for the education program until the Basic Skills requirement is met. The tests that meet the Basic Skills requirement are the following:
  • Test of Academic Proficiency
  • Score of 22 or higher on the ACT plus a minimum score of 6 on the Writing Exam
  • Score of 1110 or higher on the SAT (evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on the writing and language

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

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