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.
The event will be held for language students in grades 6 through 12.
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Dr. 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.
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:
Click here for French placement exam:
Click here for the German placement exam:
Click here for the Spanish placement exam:
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.
You’ll have the opportunity to experience another culture directly by going abroad.
You’ll gain a global understanding to complement any field of study.
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.