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Female Student at Graduate

Dr. Jennifer Behney, Program Coordinator

Multi-Age Education (PK-12)



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 pedagogy, and in 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 120 semester hours of course work.  This teaching field requires passing of the Ohio Assessments for Educators in order to be eligible to student teach. 

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 a number of field experiences to support the learning of content and best practices of teaching.  Field experiences offer opportunities to provide varying levels of classroom support (observing, one-on-one tutoring, small group teaching, co-teaching, whole class teaching).

Pre-clinical Field Experiences

The preclinical 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. This preclinical experience is scheduled during the fall semester.  Applications for the preclinical experience must be submitted to the Office of Student Field Experience, one year in advance (by September 1).   


  • EDFN 3710 Educational Assessment

Student Teaching

Students complete a 16 week student teaching experience.  Students must pass the edTPA performance-based assessment with a minimum score of 32 during 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 this exam 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 is provided by the academic advisors in the Beeghly College of Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, and 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 foreign language majors must complete a preclinical experience. 

YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Mathematics Requirement3
One of the following courses may be taken to fulfill the Mathematics Requirement
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
PSYC 1560General Psychology3
Social Science (1 course)3
Arts and Humanities (2 courses)6
Natural Sciences (2 courses, 1 with lab) 6-7
Social and Personal Awareness (2 courses)6
Subject Area Curriculum
TCED 1500Introduction to Becoming a Teacher First Year Experience Course BCOE3
ENGL 2651Introduction to Language3
ITAL 1506Elementary Italian 2 (A student who starts with ITAL 2607 or ITAL 2608, may take ITAL 1506 Credit by Examination)4
ITAL 2607Intermediate Italian 14
ITAL 2608Intermediate Italian 24
ITAL 3726Italian Phonetics Phonology4
ITAL 3736Italian Linguistics4
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
Survey of Italian Literature 1
Survey of Italian Literature 2
Contemporary Italian Literature
Advanced Italian Conversation and Composition
Literary Representations of 19th Century Italy
Special Topics in Italian
Study Abroad in Italian
Professional Education Curriculum (39 s.h.)
EDFN 1501Introduction to Education3
SED 3706Principles of Teaching Adolescents 23
PSYC 3709Psychology of Education3
SPED 2630Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society 13
EDFN 3708Education and Society3
TERG 3711Reading Application in Content Areas, Secondary Years 23
Preclinical Curriculum
FNLG 4801Methods of Foreign Language Teaching3
EDFN 3710Educational Assessment3
Student Teaching Curriculum
SED 4827Supervised Student Teaching: Language (K-12) 210
SED 4842AStudent Teaching Seminar for Secondary Education 22
Total Semester Hours123-126

BCOE Notes:


  • It is highly recommended that all teacher candidates meet with an academic advisor every semester.
  • Freshmen, athletes, and students on warning and probation are required to meet with an advisor before registration.
  • At the completion of 30 SH any teacher candidate who: 1)was required to and has not passed PRAXIS Core Exam(s), or 2) holds a GPA of 2.25 or below will be referred to Central Advising for advising and career services.  If at a later date the teacher candidate passes all required parts of the Praxis Core Exam and attains a GPA of 2.25 or higher that student may return to BCOE for advising.

Important 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 teacher candidates are allowed to enroll in certain junior and senior level courses in BCOE.
  • Undetermined education majors must declare a major before applying for admission to a Teacher Education Program.
  • Admission to a Teacher Education Program is obtained upon satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

_____ Minimum completion of 50 SH

_____ 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, Math-22, AND/OR

_____ SAT scores of Reading-450, Writing-430, Math-520, AND/OR

_____ Praxis CORE scores, Reading-156, Writing-162, Math-150

(Attach a copy of your CORE scores to the application)

  • “B” average or better (A-C, B-B) for:

_____ ENGL 1550_____ ENGL 1551

If failure to meet “B” average above must also complete:

_____ ENGL 2601 grade of “B” or better.If you receive a “C” or below you will need to retake the course.

  • “B” average or better (B-B-B, A-B-C) across the following:

_____ EDFN 1501_____ CMST 1545

_____ SPED 2630 _____ ITAL 2605

If student does not have a “B” average, student will be required to retake one or more of these courses until the “B” average is achieved.

  • A grade of “C” or better is required in all required major courses.  Courses taken as “CR/NC” will not count towards the major
  • Professional education and block courses may only be repeated one time.
  • Minimum requirements for teaching licenses are determined by the Ohio Department of Education; if those requirements change, they become effective immediately at Youngstown State University. (YSU Undergraduate Catalog).

Upper-Division Application Process

  • Upper division application and forms must be printed from the BCOE website.
  • After completing a minimum of 50 SH, submit the following:
    • Upper Division application
    • Good Moral Character Statement
    • copy of BCI & FBI clearances
    • schedule an upper division interview with the BCOE Office of Student Services, room 2101, no later than:
  • Upper Division Application Deadline
    • September 1—to register for Upper Division Courses for Spring
    • February 1—to register for Upper Division courses for Summer & Fall
  • Each completed application is reviewed and approved by the Upper Division Admission and Retention Committee.  If all requirements are met, the teacher candidate may register for Upper Division courses for the following semester.  Upper Division courses are the courses designated with the “+” symbol.  Applications submitted after the deadline will not be processed until the end of the respective semester.

Program Notes:

  • If Math concentration is chosen, Math GER is not required. If Science concentration is chosen, Natural Science GER is fulfilled through subject area curriculum. If Language Arts concentration is chosen, Arts & Humanities GER is fulfilled through subject area curriculum. If Social Studies concentration is chosen, Social Sciences GER is fulfilled through subject area curriculum.
  • Candidates will not be permitted to take the following professional education courses more than twice:  EDFN 1501, EDFN 3708, PSYC 3709, SPED 2630, TERG 2601, 3701, 3702, 3703, 2610, 3711, TEMC 4802, SED 4800, ECIS 2629, ECIS 3700, all preclinical experience courses, student teaching, and student teaching seminar.
  • If the program is concerned regarding teacher candidate performance in the preclinical experience, as determined by CPAST criteria, the program coordinator may require the teacher candidate to complete an additional preclinical experience prior to the student teaching experience. 

Preclinical Application with Request for Graduation Evaluation

  • Preclinical application is completed on TaskStream. Directions are available on the BCOE website.
  • Preclinical application and graduation evaluation request must be submitted one year prior to the intended preclinical semester no later than:
    • September 1—for Fall preclinical
    • February 1—for Spring preclinical
  • Preclinical candidates are screened for eligibility based on GPA and course completion.

Student Teaching:

  • 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” (each computed individually),
    • 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.  Graduation evaluation must be completed in advance of application for graduation.

Completing a Bachelor of Science in Education without Licensure:

  • Teacher candidates who choose to graduate without licensure must apply for approval in the BCOE Office of Student Services.
  • Once approved, teacher candidates graduating without licensure must take TCED 4830 (3 SH) capstone in place of student teaching.
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
YSU 1500 Success Seminar 1
ITAL 1506 Elementary Italian 2 4
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Mathematics for Early Childhood Teachers 2  
Introduction to Logic  
Introductory Statistics  
Natural Science GER 3
TCED 1500 Introduction to Becoming a Teacher First Year Experience Course BCOE 3
 Semester Hours17-18
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 (GER requirement) 3
ITAL 2608 Intermediate Italian 2 4
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations (GER requirement) 3
PSYC 1560 General Psychology (GER #1) 3
Arts and Humanities GER 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
EDFN 1501 Introduction to Education 3
ITAL 2607 Intermediate Italian 1 4
Natural Scienc/ Lab GER 4
Social and Personal Awareness GER 3
 Semester Hours14
SPED 2630 Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society 3
ENGL 2651 Introduction to Language 3
Social Science GER 3
 Semester Hours17
Year 3
ITAL 37XX 1 4
PSYC 3709 Psychology of Education 3
EDFN 3708 Education and Society 3
ENGL 4851 Language Acquisition 3
ITAL 37XX 1 4
 Semester Hours17
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
 Semester Hours14
Year 4
ITAL 37XX 1 4
ITAL 4880 Italian Conversation and Composition Capstone (or Elective) 4
FNLG 4801 Methods of Foreign Language Teaching 3
EDFN 3710 Educational Assessment 3
 Semester Hours14
SED 4827 Supervised Student Teaching: Language (K-12) 10
SED 4842A Student Teaching Seminar for Secondary Education 2
 Semester Hours12
 Total Semester Hours121-122
  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.

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.