WORLD LANGUAGE EDUCATION


World Languages open the door to linguistic and cultural explorations of a global community. Through language, cultural, and pedagogical studies, the K-12 World Language Education Major prepares students to introduce that community to new generations of global explorers. For a full description, visit the UMF catalog.

How do I explore World Language Education at UMF?

There are many ways to explore a major. You could:

  • Review the webpage for this major.
  • Talk to faculty members in the major. Ask about their career path.
  • Sit in on a class in this major. Choose a class of interest and contact the faculty member to find out which day might be best to drop in on. If you have access to myCampus, click here to go to Schedule Planner to view classes.
  • Talk with upperclass students in the major. They can give you insights into the courses you will take and professors who will instruct you. Just remember, their reasons for liking a major may be different from your own. Ask your advisor, your CA or other UMF staff to help you find someone in the major.
  • Enroll in the EDU 102 and Experiences of Schooling and EDU 103 Diversity and Social Justice intro courses and/or begin study in French or Spanish. (Permission from the department is needed for the EDU courses; contact Lori Soucie at 207-778-7040 for more information.)
  • Get involved with a Club & Organization related to the major (for example, S.E.A.M Student Education Association of Maine, or organizations related to content areas).
  • Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major. Contact Lorraine Pratt at The Partnership for Civic Advancement, or Career Counselors Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane to discuss opportunities.
  • Try a Job Shadow or Informational Interview. Contact Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane for more information.
  • Make an appointment to talk to a Career Counselor (Steve or Cyndi) or Academic Advisor (Lori Soucie) about the major.

What can I do with this major?

Learn more about the major using this resource maintained by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington: http://www.uncw.edu/career/WhatCanIDoWithaMajorIn.html

Can I minor in World Language Education? Are there related majors at UMF?

While there is no minor in World Language Education, students can minor in related content areas, for example, French and Spanish. Click here for more information.  Majors related to World Language Education include Middle/Secondary Education, Community Health Education/Teaching Concentration, Elementary Education, Special Education 7-12, and related content areas.

What kind of jobs have UMF graduates obtained with this major?

Graduates will be prepared to teach languages in k-12 classroom settings.

What other career paths can I pursue?

Other career paths for education majors include Education Administrator, Education Technician, School Guidance Counselor, Gifted and Talented Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Professor, and many more. Talking to faculty in the major or a career counselor can provide you with more information about a variety of career paths associated with this major.

How to I declare this major?

The first step is to communicate with the contact person for this major:  Dr. Theresa Overall, Education Center room 220, theresa.overall@maine.edu, 207-778-7049 or Dr. Linda Britt, Roberts Learning Center, room 139B, lbritt@maine.edu, 207-778-7459.

To apply to the major, contact Kristin Hickey in the Education Center (room 219) to request information.  Applications are recommended by March 1 for fall enrollment and October 1 for spring enrollment. The application must include proof of passing the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test, an essay describing your interest in becoming a teacher, and a change of major form (available in Merrill Center or any academic office). Applicants must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher to be considered for this major.