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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

German Studies-Teacher Education Program (Grades PK-12), B.A.

Major Requirements

Credit Hours: 27+

In addition to completing the requirements for this major, students must also complete the degree requirements specified in the Academic Regulations  section of this catalog.

Courses within this major may also satisfy general education requirements. Please consult the Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements  for more information.

German Teacher Education Program (Grades PK-12)

Students interested in teacher licensure in foreign language must complete both the German major and the Foreign Language Education, B.S.  major requirements. See the School of Education  section of this catalog for a listing of the required foreign language education major courses.

After declaration of a major in German, students interested in teacher licensure in foreign language must meet with the director of the Office of Student Services and Credentialing, School of Education, 843-953-5613. Students must take EDFS 201  during their sophomore year and apply for acceptance into this program preferably by the second semester of their sophomore year. In addition to meeting with an assigned advisor in German, candidates in all languages must meet with Dr. Shawn Morrison, 404 J.C. Long Building, morrisonsh@cofc.edu, for additional information as soon as possible. Requirements include:

  • admission to and successful completion of the approved Teacher Education Program (see Foreign Language Education, B.S. ). Your admission process must be completed before taking EDFS 460 .
  • passing score on PRAXIS II World Language Test in German
  • passing score on the Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching Test
  • a rating of Advanced Low in German on the official OPI test
  • and the successful completion of the content major in German, with its specific GPA requirements (see below).

In order to be admitted to the Clinical Internship (EDFS 460 ), candidates must have met the following requirements:

  • Completion of all German course requirements for the German major in Education*.
  • 2.500 major GPA
  • 3.000 GPA in EDFS courses
  • 2.750 overall GPA
  • *The State of South Carolina requires 30 credit hours above the 202 level in a major for licensure.

When declaring teacher licensure in German through the Program of Study Management System (POSM), students must first select “Declare or Add a Major” and then “Foreign Language Education” from the major list. Once this selection is made, a second menu box will appear with a list of the associated majors. Select the German major and follow the on-screen instructions.

Complete 3 credit hours from the following GRMN 400-level:

Elective Requirement

Complete 18 credits hours from any GRMN 300-level or higher course or from the following courses with no more than 6 credit hours from any GRST course, JWST 230, or JWST 330.


  • No more than 3 credit hours from GRMN 496  may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 6 credit hours from GRMN 498  may be applied towards the program requirements.

Coursework Meeting Major Requirements Excluded from the Major GPA Calculation

None.  All courses that may apply toward completion of course requirements within the major apply toward the major GPA calculation.

Proficiency Exam Requirement

Majors in German Studies are required to take a proficiency exam during their last year prior to graduation. Information about the nature of the exam and the schedule for each semester is available in the department and on its website.