Foreign Language Education (1-6 Extension; 7-12) (M.S.Ed.)
Master of Science in Education
Program Code: MSED-AH
Major Code: FLE
Modern and Classical Languages Department
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Accredited
Buckham B234, (716) 878-5414
Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.
This program is designed primarily to accommodate the needs of initially licensed 7-12 French or Spanish teachers for professional licensure in the teaching of foreign languages and extension of the certificate to the 1-6 level. Because the M.S.Ed. in Foreign Language Education Program is intended to accommodate full-time, practicing teachers, it is expected that most will be enrolled as part-time students.
Students must complete 30 graduate-level credit hours, observing the guidelines and policies that govern graduate-level study at Buffalo State College. Students are expected to maintain a 3.00 GPA (out of 4.00) and to complete the program within a period of 3-5 years.
Students will take a set number of required and elective courses of study within four areas, as follows:
- foreign language, literature, and culture (12 credits);
- advanced foreign language teaching and learning (9 credits);
- computer-assisted instruction (3 credits), and
- educational research (6 credits).
Before completing 15 credit hours toward program requirements at Buffalo State College, students are expected to present to their adviser a research topic based on a clinical question that is relevant to their own classroom teaching experiences. The program culminates with a 3-credit thesis or project based on the research area they have selected.
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- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall, and 3.0 (4.0 scale) in a major in French or Spanish language, literature, and culture (or a related discipline with a minimum of 36 credit hours in French or Spanish), or a minimum combined quantitative/verbal score of 290 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The department may grant conditional admission to the program, if the minimum requirements are not met. Any additional work requirements or waivers of general prerequisites for admission shall be set by the department at the time of acceptance.
- A current résumé.
- Two letters of reference, attesting to the applicant’s language competence and readiness for this program. These letters should be on department forms that may be downloaded at http://graduateschool.buffalostate.edu/supplemental-application-materials.
- Successful completion of a written essay demonstrating skill in English; and of a second essay, showing skill in the target language. In both essays, applicants will describe their professional skills, interests, and goals. The essays are to be written on site as part of the application process.
- An interview with at least two faculty members of the Modern and Classical Languages Department in the language of the applicant’s specialization. The interview will be conducted in both English and the target language. The department will contact the applicant to make an appointment for this interview, after the complete application package is received.
- Initial Certificate in Spanish 7-12 or French 7-12.
In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.
|Foreign Language, Literature, and Culture (12 credit hours)|
|Select one track from the following:||12|
|THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT|
|GEORGE SAND SEMINAR|
|FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE POPULAR NOVELS SINCE THE NINETEENTH CENTURY|
|EXPERIMENTAL LITERATURE OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY|
|CONTEMPORARY CIVILIZATION AND CULTURES OF SPAIN|
|CIVILIZATIONS AND CULTURES OF LATIN AMERICA|
|CINEMA OF SPAIN|
|More graduate-level courses in French or Spanish language, literature, and culture are in development in the MCL Department. Also applicable are graduate-level courses in French or Spanish literature and/or culture approved by the MCL Department and taken in study abroad programs such as those offered through Middlebury College, as well as campus-networked, structured immersion programs such as Trois Pistoles (Canada) and the program in Salamanca, Spain.|
|Advanced Foreign Language Teaching and Learning (9 credit hours)|
|Select 9 credit hours from the following:||9|
|TEACHING A SECOND LANGUAGE IN MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS 1|
|TEACHING A SECOND LANGUAGE AT THE ELEMENTARY LEVEL 2|
|SEMINAR: SPECIAL TOPICS IN RESEARCH ON FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNING|
|Computer-Assisted Instruction (3 credit hours)|
|Select one from the following:||3|
|INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY INTO THE SECOND-LANGUAGE CLASSROOM|
|ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE LINGUISTICS|
|CREATING AND INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM|
|Educational Research and Clinical Master's Project or Master's Thesis (6 credit hours)|
|Select one from the following:||6|
|METHODS AND TECHNIQUES OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH|
and MASTER'S PROJECT (6)
|Total Credit Hours||30|
Required for the degree.