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Students pursuing teacher certification in Arabic may receive fellowships of up to $25,000 from the Qatar Foundation International. 

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Arabic Teacher Certification

Major in Arabic with Teacher Certification

WKU offers the only program in Kentucky to certify teachers to teach Arabic at the K-12 level.  This certification is easily added to the Arabic major and easily combined with certification to teach other subjects, such as English, Spanish or French.  Arabic is the fastest growing language of instruction in the United States and numerous scholarships and grants exist for prospective teachers of Arabic.

Required core courses (21 hours):

  • ARBC102 (3 hours) Elementary Arabic II (or equivalent) Arabic Teacher
  • ARBC 201, ARBC 202 (6 hours) Intermediate Arabic I & II
  • ARBC 301 , ARBC 302 (6 hours) Advanced Arabic I & II
  • ARBC 437 Advanced Media Arabic

 Elective Courses (18 hours): At least six other ARBC courses at the 300- or 400- level, for a total (including the core courses) of 36 or more credit hours. Students may include among the six courses up to six credit hours of 300- or 400- level courses delivered in English but related to Arabic studies (HIST 462, GEOG 467, PS 365, RELS 306, RELS 311, RELS 320, or other courses with permission of the program advisor).

Total required hours in Arabic: 36 (Note: these are the same requirements as the Arabic major)

Professional Education Coursework: Required for Certification in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, & Spanish are listed as follows: EDU 250, LTCY 421, SPED 330, PSY 310, SEC 351, SEC 453, MNLG 410, MLNG 474, EDU 489, and SEC 490.

Hours in Professional Education: 37

All students seeking teacher certification must take the official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) given by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).


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 Last Modified 10/8/18