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Master of Education, World Language Education

Are you eager to share your experience, passion and proficiency in world languages and cultures with students? The Master of Education (MEd) program in World Language Education leads to an initial Ohio teaching license for those interested in teaching Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian or Spanish. 

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"My cohort is absolutely full of the most amazing people with whom I have ever had the opportunity to work."
- Gabriela Ruiz
MEd, World Language Education


The MEd program in World Language Education is an intensive, competitive enrollment program that prepares teacher candidates in the pedagogical knowledge and skill required to be licensed to teach in K-12 settings in the State of Ohio. 

As a pre-service world language educator, you will experience what it is like to teach in real classrooms early. You’ll take what you learn from your professors and immediately apply it through these valuable field experiences.

In your first semester, you will complete foundational coursework in equity and diversity, linguistics, and language teaching methods.

During the autumn semester, advanced language-teaching coursework accompanies your two part-time field experiences in a world language classroom (in an elementary school and in a secondary setting). You will develop the use of three core practices for world language teaching, as well as other essential skills in planning, instruction and assessment.

In the spring, you will complete a full-time student teaching experience in one school, as well as the final coursework.

Career Paths

Upon successful completion of the World Language Education MEd program, candidates apply for the State of Ohio’s multi-age K-12 teaching license in the target language.

According to the U.S. Department of Education in 2016, world language education is one of the academic disciplines in Ohio experiencing a critical teacher shortage, and our MEd graduates have found teaching positions in a wide variety of grade levels, school districts, and locations throughout Ohio, as well as in other states.

The rigorous language proficiency prerequisites for admission into the MEd and our intensive three-semester format for completing the program have made our candidates highly competitive when interviewing for positions. This high-quality preparation may also make transferring your licensure credentials to other states a possibility, depending on the policies and requirements of the state.


Deadline to Apply: 
November 15
Program Start: 
Summer semester

Prerequisite Coursework

Prior to admission to this highly competitive program, successful applicants will have completed 30 semester hours of language coursework, earned a grade point average of a 3.0 or above, and achieved the required language proficiency level as stated on the prerequisite coursework document for their language of licensure (see below). It is important to note that applicants may have prerequisites in progress during the Autumn semester in which they submit their application, but must have all prerequisites completed by the end of the spring semester before they intend to begin the MEd program.

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PDF iconFrench
PDF iconGerman
PDF iconItalian
PDF iconJapanese
PDF iconRussian
PDF iconSpanish

*It is highly recommended that you schedule an appointment with T&L Academic Services to review your progress towards prerequisite completion, two semester prior to the Summer semester in which you intend to enroll. Call our scheduling line at 614-292-2332.

The MEd in World Languages is a competitive program. Acceptance into the program is not guaranteed by completion of the prerequisites. Applicants to the World Language Education program must have a 3.0 GPA in content and education prerequisites.

Admission Considerations: all applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree prior to the start of classes, minimum GPA of a 3.0, experience working with youth in various group settings.

GRE: Applicants with an overall GPA between a 2.75-2.99 MUST take the General Test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) to be eligible for admission to the M.Ed. Applicants with an overall GPA of 3.0 and above are not required to submit GRE scores.

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Teaching and Learning

Disclaimer: Licensure requirements may be subject to change because of state-legislated mandates. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Department of Teaching and Learning each year to ensure they have the most up-to-date information.

Ohio State academic programs are designed to prepare students for licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and certification at