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About the Program: 

The French (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 middle or high schools.

The program supplies the background knowledge 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 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 Test (CST) in French, Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), and all seminars required for initial certification. It takes three to four semesters of coursework, field experiences, and student teaching to complete certification requirements.

To student teach, a student must have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.75 in French coursework and overall, and must have earned a minimum grade of C in FLE300, FLE340 and FLE401. 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.

After successfully completing the teacher certification 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, Buffalo State College. No degrees or certificate is awarded by Buffalo State College.

Financial Assistance: For financial aid purposes, students who are fully admitted into the program are considered fifth-year undergraduates, eligible for undergraduate loans, when applicable.

Admission Requirements: 

1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (4.0 scale), a major in French language, literature, culture (or a closely related discipline with a minimum of 30 hours in French.

2. A minimum GPA of 2.75 in French coursework.

3. A completed application form submitted to the Graduate School at Buffalo State

4. Official transcripts from all previous college/university work**

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

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

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

**Students who received degrees from institutions outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by a recognized evaluation service.

Program Requirements: 

Residency Requirements (6cr*)

FRE305 Phonetics and Orthography
FRE306 Literature and Culture of France – Pre-history to Renaissance
FRE307 Literature and Culture of France – Renaissance to Revolution
FRE308 Literature and Culture of France in the Nineteenth Century
FRE309 Literature and Culture of France in the Twentieth Century
FRE410 French Poetry from Baudelaire to Present
FRE411 Studies in French Poetry
FRE412 Studies in the French Novel
FRE413 Studies in French Theater
FRE415 Advanced Grammar and Composition
FRE416 Advanced Conversation and Composition
FRE417 Business French
FRE496 Seminar I
FRE497 Seminar II

*All students required to take a minimum of 6 credit hours above the 302 level
**Students with undergraduate degrees are eligible, with instructor permission, to enroll in graduate level language and literature courses at Buffalo State.

Professional Education Courses (24 cr)
SPF303 Educational Psychology
SPF403 Historical and Philosophical Forces Influencing Secondary Education
EDU416 Teaching Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools
EXE372 Foundations of Teaching Adolescents with Disabilities
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 Courses (12 cr)
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)

Total Required Credit Hours 42 cr

Modern and Classical Languages

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