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About the Program: 

The French secondary education program enables students to earn provisional certification to teach French in New York State secondary schools.

Students develop French language skills, study the structure and sound system of French, expand their knowledge of the literature and culture of French-speaking peoples, and explore the teaching and learning of foreign languages in school settings.

The curriculum includes a series of field experiences. All students desiring this program may be admitted into the B.A. Language and Literature program, which functions as a pre-major for the B.S. program.

Admission Requirements: 

Prospective students who apply for admission to the B.S. program must complete a Change of Major Form and complete two brief entrance essays – one in English and the other in French – in the Modern and Classical Languages Department office (Bishop Hall 122) after they have successfully completed 6 credits beyond FRE302.

No student will be admitted with less than a 2.5 overall GPA, or with less than a 2.5 GPA in French courses. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (overall and in French), to enroll in the teaching practicum.

Also, students must complete an ACTFL-approved Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in order to demonstrate Advanced-Low Proficiency in French.

Program Requirements: 

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 39–66 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in French 36 cr

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

B. Electives (9 cr)
Select three courses from the following:
FRE 303 Translation
FRE 331 French Literature in Translation (if all assignments are completed in French)
FRE 341 Francophone Literature in Translation (if taken in French)
FRE411 Studies in French Poetry
FRE412 Studies in the French Novel
FRE413 Studies in French Theater
FRE417 Business French
FRE496 Seminar I
FRE497 Seminar II

Total Required Credit Hours in Professional Education (24 cr)

SPF 303 Educational Psychology
SPF 403 Historical and Philosophical Forces Influencing Secondary Education
EDU 416 Teaching Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools
EXE 372 Foundations of Teaching Secondary Students with Disabilities
FLE 240 Introduction to Linguistics
FLE 300 Introduction to the Foreign Language Classroom
FLE 340 Second Language Acquisition and Literacy
FLE 401 Teaching Foreign Language in Middle and High Schools

Total Required Credit Hours in Student Teaching

FLE 407/SED 407 Student Teaching of Foreign Languages in the Middle/Junior High School (6)
FLE 408/SED 408 Student Teaching of Foreign Languages in the High School (6)

All College Electives 0–6 cr
Total Required Credit Hours 120 cr

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