About the Program

The French bachelor of science program in foreign language education leads to eligibility for a New York State Initial Certificate to teach French in grades 7 through 12.

These programs offer students the opportunity to explore the knowledge necessary for teachers to implement the New York State Learning Standards for Languages Other Than English (LOTE) 7-12. They also meet the standards set by national professional organizations such as the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Students are responsible for any additional certification requirements, including the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), the Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W), Content Specialty Tests (CST) in French, Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPI), and all seminars required for initial certification.

After successfully completing the BS program and passing all required tests, students are eligible to apply for New York State Initial Certification through the Teacher Certification Office, Caudell Hall 112.

Admissions Requirements

1. Completion of two upper-level French courses beyond the 301/302 sequence offered by the Modern and Classical Languages Department (or the equivalent offered by an accredited college or university).

2. Completion of a Buffalo State College Change of Major Form (available through the department) signed by the chair of the Modern and Classical Languages.

3.Completion of two diagnostic essays (one in English and the other in the language of specialization).

4. Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (4.0 scale) and a minimum language GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale).

*Applicants who do not meet these minimum requirements should contact a Modern and Classical Languages adviser.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 39–66 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in French 36 cr

A. Required Courses (27 cr)
FRE 301, FRE 302 French Conversation and Composition
FRE 305 Phonetics and Orthography
FRE 306 Literature and Culture of France – Pre-history to Renaissance
FRE 307 Literature and Culture of France – Renaissance to Revolution
FRE 308 Literature and Culture of France in the Nineteenth Century
FRE 309 Survey of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century French Literature
FRE 415 Advanced Grammar and Composition
FRE 416 Advanced Conversation and Composition

B. Electives (9 cr)
Select three courses from the following:
FRE410 French Poetry from Baudelaire to Present
FRE411 Studies in French Poetry
FRE412 Studies in the French Novel
FRE413 Studies in French Theatre
FRE417 Business French
FRE496 Seminar I
FRE497 Seminar II

Professional Education (12 cr)
EDF303 Educational Psychology
EDF403 Historical and Philosophical Forces Influencing Secondary Education
EDU416 Teaching Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools
EXE372 Foundations of Teaching Adolescents with Disabilities

Foreign Language Education (12 cr)
FLE240 Introduction to Linguistics
FLE300 Introduction to Foreign Language Classrooms
FLE340 Second Language Acquisition and Literacy
FLE401 Teaching Foreign Languages in Middle and High Schools

Student Teaching (12 cr)*
FLE407 Student Teaching of Foreign Languages in the Middle/Junior High School (6 hours)
FLE408 Student Teaching of Foreign Languages in the High School (6 hours)

*Student Teaching Requirements
1. Cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher (4.0 scale)
2. Minimum 2.50 GPA (4.0 scale) in language courses
3. Minimum 2.50 GPA (4.0 scale) in education courses
4. Grade of “C” or higher in FLE 300, FLE 340, and FLE 401W
5. OPI Advanced Level Check results
6. TB Test
7. Fingerprints

Modern and Classical Languages

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Bishop Hall 122
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-5414 •  Fax: (716) 878-6730

languages@buffalostate.edu