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Grand Valley State University    
2014-2015 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Feb 23, 2019
2014-2015 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

German Minor

Requirements for a Minor in German

Minors must take at least 21 credits of German beyond GER 201, including:

Teacher Certification with a Minor

Students seeking teaching certification with a major or minor in German must attain a level of at least Advanced-Low in an official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) before applying to the College of Education. In order to achieve this level, all teacher candidates in German are strongly urged to complete an approved study abroad program of a minimum of one semester in length. We will provide information sessions on preparing for the Oral Proficiency Interview each year. Also see the College Education website for further information on application requirements.


In addition to the above, minors must complete two elective courses at the 300 or 400 level, which may include additional courses in culture, linguistics and literature, or other elective courses.

Requirements for a Secondary Education Minor in German

 Students minoring and planning for certification in German are required to complete at least 27 hours beyond the 200 level (GER 202), including: 

Additional Requirements

  • All German Secondary Education minors must complete an approved study abroad program in a German-speaking country of a minimum of one semester in length. Students who cannot complete this requirement may work with a faculty advisor to complete one of several alternative programs, which may add additional credits. Students who have already spent considerable time abroad, especially in a German-language high school, may be exempt from the requirement. Please discuss your situation with an advisor as early in your program as possible.
  • German Secondary Education minors must achieve a rating of at least Advanced-low on an official Oral Proficiency Interview in order to receive an endorsement to teach German.