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About the Program: 

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in the catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

The French education (7–12) postbaccalaureate teacher certification program leads to eligibility for New York State initial certification to teach French in grades 7–12.

This program is designed for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in French or a related field from an accredited college or university and intend to complete the coursework required for New York State certification to teach French in secondary or middle schools.

The program provides the background necessary for teachers to implement the New York State learning standards for Languages Other Than English (LOTE) 7–12. It also meets the standards set by such national professional organizations as the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

After successfully completing the teacher certification program and passing required New York State teacher certification exams, students are eligible to apply for New York State certification through the Teacher Certification Office, Chase Hall 222. No degree or certificate is awarded by Buffalo State.

It takes approximately three to four semesters to complete certification requirements at Buffalo State College.

Students are responsible for any additional certification requirements, including the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), the Assessment of Teaching Skills written test for provisional/initial certification, and child abuse certification.

To student teach, a student must have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in French coursework and overall, and must have earned a minimum grade of C in FLE 405 and FLE 406. Also, the student must complete an ACTFL-Approved Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in order to demonstrate Advanced-Low Proficiency in French. If Advanced-Low Proficiency is not achieved, an additional upper-level French course, chosen in consultation with the student’s adviser, must be successfully completed.

Financial Assistance: For financial aid purposes, students are considered fifth-year undergraduates, eligible for undergraduate loans.

Admission Requirements: 

1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) and a major in French language, literature, and culture (or a related discipline with a minimum of 36 credit hours in French).*

2. A minimum GPA of 2.75 in French coursework and overall.

3. Successful completion of two written essays (one English, one French), administered by the department as part of the interview process.

4. A personal interview with the program coordinator, department chair, or other designated official.

*Applicants who do not meet these admission requirements may take courses at Buffalo State to become eligible to apply to the program.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in the catalog.

Program Requirements: 

Required French Courses1 (6cr)

Select two courses from the following:
FRE 305 Phonetics and Orthography
FRE 306 The Civilization of France
FRE 307 Survey of French Literature
FRE 308 Survey of French Literature
FRE 309 Survey of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century French Literature
FRE 410 French Poetry from Baudelaire to Present
FRE 411 Studies in French Poetry
FRE 412 Studies in the French Novel
FRE 413 Studies in French Theater
FRE 415 Advanced Grammar and Composition
FRE 416 Advanced Conversation and Composition
FRE 417 Business French
FRE 496 Seminar I
FRE 497 Seminar II

Professional Education Courses (24 cr)
EDF 303 Educational Psychology
EDF 403 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Secondary Education
EDU 416 Teaching Reading in Secondary Schools
EXE 372 Foundations of Teaching Secondary Students with Disabilities
FLE 200 Field Experience in Foreign Language Education
FLE 316 Teaching Reading in a Foreign Language in Middle School
FLE 405 Methods and Materials for Teaching Foreign Languages in the Secondary Schools
FLE 406 Techniques for Teaching and Evaluating Foreign Languages in Middle and Secondary Schools

Student Teaching Courses (12 cr)
FLE 407 Student Teaching of Foreign Languages in the Middle/Junior High School (6)
FLE 408 Student Teaching of Foreign Languages in the High School (6)

Total Required Credit Hours 42 cr

1Selected under advisement.

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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