When you combine your area of expertise, or interests, with the knowledge of a world language, the possibilities are many. Here are
but a few of the professions where a language can offer you an advantage: Teaching, Translation, Counseling, Interpreting,
Health/Medical Field, FBI, CIA, International Business, Advertising, Management, International Law, International Relations,
Finance, Public Service, Computer Science, Diplomatic Corps, Travel
Visit the Career Development Center at CSUSB for additional information and career services.
Careers in Teaching
There is a strong need for Foreign Language teachers in the San Bernardino and Riverside high school districts, as well as statewide. The program at CSUSB has a good reputation; department chairs and principals call regularly for recommendations for new foreign language teachers.
What are the criteria to become a teacher?
You need to complete an approved degree program in the foreign language (or take the CSET exam, see below) then complete a series of courses leading to a Teaching Credential for a "Single Subject" (in the foreign language). The Teaching Credential is usually completed after completing the Bachelor's Degree. At CSUSB, one-year and two-year Teaching Credential programs are available. More information regarding the single subject credential is available through the College of Education.
Students enrolling after July 2006 will need to pass the CSET exam to be admitted to the program.
French - Students who began the B.A. in French program (Culture Studies or Literature track) at CSUSB before July 2006 are part of the Approved Teaching program and do NOT need to take the CSET exam [pdf] in order to be admitted into a teaching credential program. For French, the CSET has three parts covering knowledge of linguistics, knowledge of literature & culture, and knowledge of the language. For more information about the French CSET exam, click here.
Spanish - The CSET is not required for Spanish major. The Bachelor of Arts in Spanish is approved as a single subject teaching credential program. In addition to the requirements of the major, credential candidates must complete certain prerequisites to the teacher education program. For information about the professional education component, admission to the teacher education program or specific requirements of the single subject waiver program, see Page 165 of the 2010-2011 CSUSB Bulletin [pdf] or contact the Credentials Office, CE-102. [From the 2010-11 CSUSB Bulletin, Catalog of Programs]
Online sites to explore for job openings include:
- California Language Teachers' Association Jobs List
- San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (links to all school districts)
- Riverside County Superintendent of Schools (links to all school districts)
- American Association of Teachers of French Jobs Board
Careers in Government Service
There are many ways in which a mayor or a minor in a foreign language can enhance your abilities to find a job in a state or
national government office. The Department of Agriculture, the Department of Transportation, the National Park Service, the Foreign
Service, and the military are all organizations that need employees with multlingual skills. To learn more about these job
opportunities, visit the following sites:
Other Careers Using Foreign Languages
There are many jobs which either require a foreign language skill or in which your skills in another language will strengthen your
Other websites providing information about careers in foreign languages are: