Kennesaw State’s German program designated a “German Center of Excellence”

National association cites program’s curriculum, faculty and student focus

KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct 13, 2016) — The American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) has designated Kennesaw State University’s German language program a “German Center of Excellence.”

The program will be honored during the awards presentation at the AATG Convention, held in conjunction with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention and World Languages Expo, in Boston on Nov. 19.

In making its determination, the AATG noted the Kennesaw State German program’s curriculum, faculty and focus on students. In a notification letter, the organization’s executive director, Keith Cothrum, said jurors were impressed that the program is well established and growing, has strong support from the administration, professional colleagues, parents and students, has strong ties to the wider community, and has made extracurricular activities and special events integral elements of the program.

“Most impressive is the program’s curriculum,” Cothrum wrote. “There is a clear, articulated
sequence of instructional programming that is standards-based and reflects current methodologies. Outcomes at each instructional level are clearly articulated, and diverse learning styles are respected through varied instructional and assessment techniques. The materials used in the program are culturally authentic, and interdisciplinary connections have been established … This is truly a program that is designed to meet the needs of students.”

AATG panel

The AATG supports the teaching of the German language and German-speaking cultures in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education in the United States. It also promotes the study of the German-speaking world in all its linguistic, cultural and ethnic diversity, and endeavors to prepare students as transnational, transcultural learners and active, multilingual participants in a globalized world.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit