Bachelor of Science in Education in Secondary Education: World Languages

Help high school students develop the ability to communicate competently in a foreign language. Earn the Bachelor of Science in Education in Secondary Education: World Languages. Develop your own foreign-language proficiency. Master effective instructional strategies. Harness both in teaching students to read, write, and speak with clarity and nuance in a foreign language.

Although your degree is awarded by the College of Education, this degree program requires you to complete major requirements for a language program in the College of Liberal Arts. To develop foreign-language proficiency, you will complete introductory, intermediate, and advanced coursework for your chosen foreign language. You will:

  • learn to write formally and informally,
  • learn to read complex literary texts and narratives,
  • learn to speak conversationally, and
  • study the cultural context of the language, including its society, history, and/or mythology.

To develop instructional competency, you will complete the requirements for the Secondary Education majors within the College of Education. You will learn

  • how to create and use student and teacher-produced materials;
  • how different ages create different language learning challenges;  
  • how to evaluate the effectiveness of whole language, cooperative learning, pair and small group instructional strategies; and
  • how to complete multiple field assignments in classroom, after-school, nonprofit or other youth and educational settings.

Your degree program culminates in a year-long high school teaching assignment supervised by Temple faculty and assisted by a cooperating teacher.

Teacher Certification

This degree program is designed to prepare you to successfully complete the teacher certification exams administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Passing scores are required before you can be licensed to teach in the state of Pennsylvania. Visit the Certification Office to learn more about the teacher certification process.

Tracks & Concentrations

You must choose a concentration in one of the following languages and complete its major requirements as determined by its academic department.

  • French - (10 courses, 30 credits) Learn to understand complex French texts; develop the ability to write comfortably in formal and informal French; and survey France’s literary canon.
  • German - (10 courses, 30 credits) Master grammar and syntax; develop high proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking; and explore the language’s evolution by studying German history and culture.
  • Italian - (approximately 10 courses, 30 credits) Master reading, writing, and speaking to the point of developing facility with creative writing in Italian.
  • Latin - (approximately 11 courses, 35 credits) Study the ancient Roman language, literature, and related mythology along with a study of the Greek language.
  • Spanish - (approximately 10 courses, 30 credits) Study the literature, culture, and linguistics in order to master speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish.

Coursework for each language is completed within the corresponding French, German, Italian or Spanish departments within the College of Liberal Arts. Latin courses are offered through the college’s Classics Department.

Related Graduate Degrees

A graduate degree in Education gives you maximum flexibility and advancement prospects within the education profession. Temple offers a number of related graduate degree programs, including

Temple also offers a number of graduate-level certificate programs, including

Review the full list of graduate degree and graduate certificate programs in Education.

4+1 Accelerated Dual Degree Programs

For particularly focused students, the College of Education offers accelerated 4+1 dual-degree programs. Qualified students earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in one five-year course of study instead of the usual six years. Learn more about the College of Education’s 4+1 accelerated dual-degree programs.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Science Education program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2017–2018 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $15,768.00 per year
Out-of-state: $27,528.00 per year

Student Clubs & Organizations

Participating in student groups increases your chances for peer support and future professional contacts. It also provides you with opportunities to give back to the community, either locally or globally. Explore the opportunities available through organizations like

  • Be The Change, an organization that provides education and healthcare services to communities in North Philadelphia and overseas.
  • Black Diamonds Union, which works to celebrate and disseminate education about black culture at Temple University and in Philadelphia’s wider urban community.
  • College of Education Student Council, a group that provides students with leadership opportunities and an opportunity to effect change.   
  • Grandma’s Kids, a K–5 afterschool program that focuses on homework, and academic, emotional and social support.
  • Jumpstart, a national early education organization that trains students to work with preschool children in low-income neighborhoods.
  • Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, which promotes academic excellence and a network for those who are committed to teaching.
  • The Petey Greene Program at Temple University, an organization that supports prisoner education by training volunteers to provide weekly tutoring sessions to inmates in four correctional facilities in Philadelphia
  • Temple University - Students Teaching Underrepresented Developing Youth (TU-STUDY), a group that assists children and adults in the greater Philadelphia area with advising, tutoring and other kinds of support in overcoming learning challenges.
  • Temple Student Pennsylvania State Education Association, which increases esteem for educational professions among teacher candidates, constructively affects the process of teacher education and represents students regarding these issues.
  • Treehouse Books, a literacy center near Temple’s Main Campus where students can engage in literacy service work.

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