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Modern Languages - Option 3: Teacher Education BA

Teacher Education Concentration

When you choose Modern Languages as your major, you can choose our Teacher Education Concentration. Not only will language courses give you a unique skill set, they will set your resume apart in the job market by demonstrating great discipline, flexibility in learning and critical thinking, and the ability to interact with a variety of backgrounds. In our Teacher Education Concentration, you’ll learn pedagogy and the foundations of education needed to teach foreign languages. Our graduates teach Spanish, German, and French at high schools across Missouri.



Please join us for the 13th annual Foreign Language Film Festival on April 3, 2020

The event will be held for language students in grades 6 through 12.

Click here for registration information!

Meet the Program Coordinator

Kristy BoneyDr. Kristy Boney is coordinator of the Modern Languages division in the Department of Government, International Studies, and Languages. She began teaching at UCM after directing the undergraduate German language program at the University of Kentucky.  She received a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English and German from Georgia Southern University.





About the Program

Placement Exams

Students who have taken high school language courses (French, German or Spanish) may enroll beyond the Elementary I level and may apply for Validated Credit for the class(es) skipped. A student completing Elementary II with a grade of C or higher will receive three additional credit hours at no tuition charge; a student completing Intermediate I with a grade of C or higher will receive six additional credit hours at no tuition charge.

Please note that you will NOT be able to enroll yourself in courses above the Elementary I level. If you wish to be enrolled in Elementary II or Intermediate I, please email:

In the email, please include the following:

- Your name
- Your 700#
- The name and CRN of the course you wish to enroll in
- The number of years in the language taken in high school

Not sure which class to take?

While there are some course restrictions regarding prior experience (see course descriptions), many students will have some flexibility in their decision. For further guidance on which class is right for you, the following placement exams are available. Students may also contact the instructor with questions regarding placement.

Click here for French placement exam

Click here for the German placement exam

Click here for the Spanish placement exam

Do you have the Seal of Biliteracy?  If yes, you may qualify for credit for the beginning language and intermediate language courses.  Click here for more information.


High Quality Instruction

You will learn from faculty members who are dedicated to helping students develop real-world linguistic skills and broaden their horizons, becoming world citizens. You can also earn credit for graduation while traveling the world. The communication skills and cultural proficiency derived from languages complement any career path. Studying a language goes beyond learning grammar; it gives you solid preparation for understanding and dealing with an entirely new culture—a skill that is increasingly important in today’s global society.

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Study Abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to experience another culture directly by going abroad.

Languages and Cultures

You’ll gain a global understanding to complement any field of study.

Study Abroad Germany

Apart from linguistic and cultural proficiency, a major or minor in a language tells a potential employer that you are flexible in learning and thinking.

Related Programs

  • French Language (K-12)
  • Spanish Language (K-12)


Dr. Kristy Boney
Associate Professor
203 Wood Hall
Tel: (660)543-8948


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