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French Education (7-12), Postbaccalaureate Teacher Certification

About the Program

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, Caudell Hall 101. No degree or certificate is awarded by Buffalo State.

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

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 2.75 (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.

Program Requirements

French Residency Requirement1 (6cr)
Select two of the following:
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 & Composition
FRE416 Advanced Conversation & Composition
FRE417 Business French
FRE496 Seminar I
FRE497 Seminar II

*All students required to take a minimum of six credit hours above the 302 level

Professional Education Courses (24 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
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 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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