Female Student at Graduate

Dr. Jennifer Behney, Program Coordinator

Multi-Age Education (PK-12)

Italian

OVERVIEW

The program in Italian Education prepares students to become a teacher of foreign language at the high school, middle school, and elementary school levels in the state of Ohio.  Graduates are fully licensed to teach Italian in Ohio (Multi-age P-12 Licensure) and are fully prepared in their knowledge of the target language, of best practices and standards in general pedagogy, and of specific Second Language Acquisition (SLA) theories and foreign language education techniques.  Students enter student teaching in the last semester of study with a level of Advanced Low in both oral and written communication in the target language, as measured by the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) and as required by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).  

The Multi-Age Italian License, Grades P-12, Bachelor of Science in Education degree requires a minimum of 122 semester hours of course work.  This teaching field also requires passage of the Ohio Assessments for Educators in order to be eligible to student teach. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Cultural Understanding – The student will develop an understanding and appreciation of the history and culture of those areas in which the target language is spoken.
  • Reading Comprehension – The student will be able to read and understand a variety of materials written in the target language. These materials may include but are not limited to: novels, plays, poetry, newspaper and magazine articles, and private correspondence (e.g., business communications).
  • Listening Comprehension – The student will be able to understand the target language when spoken in a variety of contexts. These contexts may include but are not limited to: conversation with another individual or individuals, formal lectures, song, and film.
  • Oral Expression – The student will be able to carry on a conversation and deliver a speech in the target language. The student will achieve a level of Advanced Low on the Oral Proficiency Interview administered by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
  • Written Expression – The student will be able to compose in the target language a variety of written documents. These documents may include but are not limited to: formal and casual correspondence, essays, and creative works. The student will achieve a level of Advanced Low on the Writing Proficiency Test administered by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Professional Dispositions

In addition to the above learning outcomes, teacher candidates are expected to display the following professional dispositions:

  • Creating fairness in the classroom
  • Providing an inclusive environment that is safe and conducive to learning
  • Demonstrating the belief that all students can learn
  • Fostering collaborative relationships to support student learning and well- being
  • Exhibiting professional skills

Field Experiences and Student Teaching

Students complete over 120 hours of pre-clinical experiences in addition to student teaching.  Field experiences are included in the following courses and offer opportunities to provide varying levels of classroom support (observing, one-on-one tutoring, small group teaching, whole class teaching).

Field Experiences:

Pre-clinical Field Experiences

The pre-clinical experience is conducted in local schools and provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to complete an in-depth field experience prior to student teaching.  This field experience requires a substantial time commitment, as teacher candidates spend the entire day in schools during designated weeks. The Italian Education pre-clinical experience is scheduled during the fall semester.  Applications for the pre-clinical experience must be submitted (1) one year in advance to BCOE Room 2101, by September 1 for the pre-clinical experience.  Contact the Beeghly College of Education, academic advisors for minimum pre-clinical prerequisites. 

Student Teaching

Students complete a 16 week student teaching experience.  Students must pass the edTPA performance-based assessment with a minimum score of 137during this experience.

  • SED 4827 Supervised Student Teaching: Language (K-12)
  • SED 4842A Student Teaching Seminar for Secondary Education

Required Assessments

The Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) assess the content area and professional (pedagogical) knowledge of candidates who are seeking initial Ohio educator license or adding a new license area.  The assessments are aligned with Ohio's New Learning Standards.  Teacher candidates must pass these exams prior to student teaching.

004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK-12)

ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview

Writing Proficiency Test

These exams are administered by Language Testing International/ACTFL.

Advisement

Advisement is provided by the academic advisors in the Beeghly College of Education.  Majors in this program must complete general education requirements, subject area curriculum requirements, reading course requirements, and professional education requirements.  Prior to student teaching, all adolescent/young adult majors must complete a pre-clinical experience. 

COURSETITLES.H.
General Education Requirements
Core Competencies12
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics Requirement
One of the following courses may be taken to fulfill Math GER:
Math 2652 is preferred math course if you are required to take Math Praxis Core
Quantitative Reasoning
Mathematics for Early Childhood Teachers 2
Introduction to Logic
Introductory Statistics
General Education Knowledge Domains
Some courses are categorized in more than one knowledge domain. Courses can only be used once within the General Education model. Some majors prescribe specific GE courses. If a course has been added to the domains, it is required.
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Sciences (2 courses, 1 lab)7
Social Science6
General Psychology
Social Science GER
Social and Personal Awareness6
General Education Elective / First-Year Experience3
Introduction to Becoming a Teacher First Year Experience Course BCOE
Subject Area Curriculum
ITAL 2600Intermediate Italian (A student who starts with ITAL 2605, may take ITAL 2600 Credit by Examination)4
ITAL 2605Advanced Intermediate Italian4
ITAL 3702Intensive Italian Review4
ITAL 3724Italian Linguistics and Phonetics4
ITAL 4880Italian Conversation and Composition Capstone 14
FNLG 4899Professional Development for Teachers1
ENGL 4851Language Acquisition3
Four of the following courses:16
Italian Civilization and Culture (4 s.h.)
Survey of Italian Literature 1 (4 s.h.)
Survey of Italian Literature 2 (4 s.h.)
Contemporary Italian Literature (4 s.h. )
Literary Representations of 19th Century Italy (4 s.h.)
Study Abroad in Sicily (4 s.h.)
Professional Education Curriculum (39 s.h.)
FOUN 1501Introduction to Education3
EDTC 3771Technology for Teaching (See Advisors, this course to be deleted from program requirements)3
SED 3706Principles of Teaching Adolescents 23
PSYC 3709Psychology of Education3
SPED 2630Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society 13
FOUN 3708Education and Society 1,23
TERG 3711Reading Application in Content Areas, Secondary Years 23
Preclinical Curriculum
FNLG 4801Methods of Foreign Language Teaching3
FOUN 3710Educational Assessment 23
Student Teaching Curriculum
SED 4827Supervised Student Teaching: Language (K-12) 210
SED 4842AStudent Teaching Seminar for Secondary Education 22
Total Semester Hours: 122
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 Prerequisites for preclinical curriculum

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 Upper Division Courses

BCOE Notes:

  • Neither admission to the University nor declaration of a major related to a teaching field guarantees admission to the BCOE’s Teacher Education Programs or candidacy for a teaching license. Formal Admission to Teacher Education (Upper-Division) is required before students are allowed to enroll in junior and senior level courses in the college.  Undetermined Education students must declare a major before applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program.
  • Admission to the Teacher Education Program is obtained upon satisfactory completion of the following requirements:
    • Minimum completion of 50 s.h.
    • Minimum 2.75 overall GPA
  • Meet one of the following criteria:
    • Overall GPA 3.4 or better, OR
    • ACT scores of Reading 21, English 18, Mathematics 22, OR
    • SAT scores of Reading 450, Writing 430, Mathematics 520, OR
    • Praxis CORE scores, Reading 156, Writing 162, Mathematics 150
  • Grade of "B" or better in:
    • ENGL 1550
    • ENGL 1551
    • If failure to receive a grade of "B" or better in ENGL 1550 and ENGL 1551 - ENGL 2601 grade must be a "B" or better. If you recieve a "C" or below, you will need to retake the course.
  • Grade of "B" or better in the following courses. If you do not have a "B" or better, you will need to retake one or more of these courses until the "B" is achieved.
    • FOUN 1501
    • CMST 1545
    • SPED 2630
    • ITAL 2605
  • Professional education, preclinical, and student teaching courses may only be repeated one time.
  • Minimum requirements for teachers' licenses are determined by the Ohio Department of Education; if those requirements change, they become effective immediately at Youngstown State University. 

Program Notes;

  • ITAL 1550 is a prerequisite to ITAL 2600, that does not count toward the major and is not listed on the 4 year plan.  This course must be taken prior to ITAL 2600 if the student does not place into ITAL 2600 through the Italian Placement exam or other advance placement process. 
  • Students start with ITAL 2605 if they have taken ITAL 2600 credit by exam. An Italian 3700-level or above course must be substituted.
  • Prior to student teaching, students must achieve a level of Advanced Low on the Oral Proficiency Interview and on the Writing Proficiency Test, both administered by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
  • 36 s.h. in major are required starting at ITAL 2600.
  • ENGL 4851 and FNLG 4801 are taken only once when acquiring licensure in multiple languages.
  • ITAL 4880 is taken only once when acquiring license in multiple languages.  In order to complete ITAL 4880, the student must achieve the level of advanced low on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview and Writing Proficiency Test. 
  • Study abroad in Italy is highly recommended.

Upper Division Notes:

Upper Division Application (The application and forms must be completed and printed from the BCOE website.)

  • After candidates have completed a minimum of 50 s.h., they should submit an Upper Division application along with the completion of the Good Moral Character Statement, a copy of BCI and FBI clearances, and Dispositional Assessment to the BCOE Office of Student Services, room 2101, no later than:
    • September 1 - to register for upper division courses for Spring 
    • February 1 - to register for upper division courses for summer and fall
  • Each completed application must be reviewed and approved by the Upper Division Admission and Retention Committee. If all requirements are met, the student will be allowed to register for upper division courses the following semester. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be processed until the end of the respective semester.

Preclinical Application with Request for Graduation Evaluation

  • The application must be completed and printed from the BCOE website.
  • Preclinical application with the Graduation Evaluation Request summary is to be submitted one year prior to the intended preclinical semester to the BCOE Office of Student Services no later than
    • September 1 - for Fall preclinical
    • February 1 - for Spring preclinical
  • Preclinical candidates are screened for eligibility because specific course and grade point average prerequisites must be met.

Student Teaching Notes:

  • Prerequisites: BCOE upper division and senior status, overall 2.75 GPA, minimum of 2.67 GPA in subject area curriculum and professional education courses with no grade less than a "C", and passage of OAE test(s) and ACTFL tests for foreign language.
  • Instructions for completing the Student Teaching application and forms are available on BCOE website. The application and forms must be completed and printed from the BCOE website and submitted to the BCOE Office of Student Services no later than:
    • September 1 - to student teach the following spring semester
    • February 1 - to student teach the following fall semester

Graduation Process

  • Apply for graduation during the first three weeks of the semester you plan to graduate (you must have a graduation evaluation completed in advance).

Completing a Bachelor of Science in Education without Licensure:

  • Students choosing to graduate without licensure must apply for approval to graduate without licensure at the BCOE Office of Student Services, 2101 Beeghly Hall, 330-941-3268.
  • Once approved, students must complete all program requirements except for student teaching curriculum.  In place of student teaching curriculum, students will take TCED 4830 Undergraduate Capstone Course for Education Majors

General Education Requirements:

  • All students must satisfy General Education requirements; some majors, prescribe specific GE courses. 
  • Courses taken for the major may be applied toward satisfying General Education requirements but credit hours toward graduation cannot be double counted.
  • Approved General Education courses can be found at http://web.ysu.edu/ger.

Advisement:

  • Freshmen, athletes,and students on warning and probation are required to meet with an advisor before registration.
  • It is recommended that all majors meet with a faculty advisor every semester.

Financial Aid:

Other:

  • Residency rule requires the last 30 semester hours of your degree and at least 16 semester hours in your major and 21 semester hours in upper-division courses to be completed at YSU.
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
ITAL 2600 Intermediate Italian 4
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Or:
 
Mathematics for Early Childhood Teachers 2  
Or:
 
Introduction to Logic  
Or:
 
Introductory Statistics  
Natural Science GER 3
TCED 1500 Introduction to Becoming a Teacher First Year Experience Course BCOE 3
 Semester Hours16
Spring
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 (GER requirement) 3
ITAL 2605 Advanced Intermediate Italian 4
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations (GER requirement) 3
PSYC 1560 General Psychology (GER #1) 3
Arts and Humanities GER 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
Fall
FOUN 1501 Introduction to Education 3
ITAL 3702 Intensive Italian Review 4
Natural Scienc/ Lab GER 4
Social and Personal Awareness GER 3
Arts and Humanities GER 3
 Semester Hours17
Spring
SPED 2630 Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society 3
ITAL 37XX 1 4
Social and Personal Awareness GER 3
ITAL 3798 Study Abroad in Sicily 2 4
Social Science GER 3
 Semester Hours17
Year 3
Fall
ITAL 37XX 1 4
PSYC 3709 Psychology of Education 3
FOUN 3708 Education and Society 3
ENGL 4851 Language Acquisition 3
EDTC 3771 Technology for Teaching 3
 Semester Hours16
Spring
ITAL 37XX 1 4
SED 3706 Principles of Teaching Adolescents 3
TERG 3711 Reading Application in Content Areas, Secondary Years 3
FNLG 4899 Professional Development for Teachers 1
Elective 3 3
 Semester Hours14
Year 4
Fall
ITAL 37XX 1 4
ITAL 4880 Italian Conversation and Composition Capstone (or Elective) 4
FNLG 4801 Methods of Foreign Language Teaching 3
FOUN 3710 Educational Assessment 3
 Semester Hours14
Spring
SED 4827 Supervised Student Teaching: Language (K-12) 10
SED 4842A Student Teaching Seminar for Secondary Education 2
 Semester Hours12
 Total Semester Hours122

¹ Each semester one or two of the following courses will be offered:  ITAL 3724, or ITAL 3735, or ITAL 3740, or ITAL 3741, or ITAL 3750, or ITAL 3760.

2 Take ITAL 3798 during even year for 4 sh; or take Elective during odd year for 3 sh.

3 Take Elective during odd year for 3 sh; or take ITAL 3798 during even year for 4 sh.

  1. Prior to student teaching, students must achieve a level of Advanced Low on the Oral Proficiency Interview and on the Writing Proficiency Test, both administered by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
  2. Students who change from the B.S. in Italian Education to the B.A. in Italian will need to complete a minor and, in addition to coursework in the Italian major, will need 20 hours at the 3700 level or higher.