Student working in ILRC

Language Education Requirements

Foreign Language Education Language Proficiency Requirements (B.S. and M.A.T.)

Pre-requisite for EDT 445/545

Pre-requisite for EDT 419

Pre-requisite for graduation/ applying for licensure

Take OPI or OPIc

Retake the OPI or OPIc if needed

Take the WPT

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

If you obtain an AL or higher, congratulations! You have met the program requirements

If you obtain an IH on the OPI, petition to remain in EDT 445/545, include a detailed plan of how you will improve your proficiency.  You will need to re-take the OPI prior to Student Teaching (EDT 419)

If you obtain lower than an IH, it is highly recommend you seek assistance. You will be unable to obtain a license from the State of Ohio and consequently, unable to Student Teach.

 If you obtain an AL or higher, congratulations! You have met the program requirements

If you still obtained an IH on the OPI, petition to remain in EDT 419/519, include a detailed plan of how you will improve your proficiency.  You will need to re-take the OPI prior to graduation.

If you obtain lower than an IH, you will be unable to student teach. The State of Ohio requires a minimum score of IH on both the OPI and WPT in order to obtain a license.

If you obtain an IH or higher, congratulations! You have met the program requirements

If you obtained an IM on the WPT, petition to remain in EDT 419/519, include a detailed plan of how you will improve your proficiency.  You will need to re-take the WPT prior to graduation.

Take the OAE Professional Knowledge Assessment your last year at Miami, either your penultimate or last semester. Since your license is PK-12, you will need knowledge of how all these students learn.

Qualifying Score: 220

Note: Chinese Teacher Candidates, you will need an IH proficiency level.

Important:  If you do not obtain a minimum score of IH on both the OPI and WPT, you will not be eligible for a license; this is an Ohio Department of Education regulation.  Since you are not eligible for licensure, you will be unable to student teach.



FAQ for Foreign Language Education Majors:

What if I do not obtain the required score for the Foreign Language Education program?

Proficiency takes ample exposure to and practice and will require multiple, consistent, and long term actions. In addition to your semester long study abroad, you can engage in activities that help increase your proficiency. Sample supplementary steps you can take include, but are not limited to: summer study abroad, conversation courses, extra curricular conversation activities such as the French and Spanish table, Skype sessions with Native Speakers, etc.

If you do not achieve the required score on the OPI, you are strongly advised to request the OPI diagnostic comments of your test from LTI. These comments will outline your strengths and weakness and can be used as a plan to improve your proficiency. There is an addition fee for this service.

How will my scores be reported?

When you take the test at the ILRC at Miami, your scores will be automatically reported to the State of Ohio when you apply for license. 

Is there specific information available about preparing for the tests?

Yes, see the following pages for specific information about taking the OPI, OPIc, or WPT.

Frequently Asked Questions about the OPI and OPIc
Frequently Asked Questions about the WPT