French Education (7–12; PTCP)
Postbaccalaureate Teacher Certification Program
Program Code: UG-PBC-AH
Major Code: FRS
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.
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.
In addition to academic requirements, students who are enrolled in teacher education programs leading to Initial Certification or Initial/Professional certification are required to complete all seminars specifically required by New York State for program completion and graduation, including School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE); Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment; Alcohol and Other Drug Avoidance; Fire and Arson Safety; HIV and the Classroom; and Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training). These seminar requirements are subject to change.
For financial aid purposes, students are considered fifth-year undergraduates, eligible for undergraduate loans.
- 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).1
- A minimum GPA of 2.75 in French coursework and overall.
- Successful completion of two written essays (one English, one French), administered by the department as part of the interview process.
- 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 this catalog.
|Required Courses (6 credit hours) 1|
|Select two from the following:||6|
|PHONETICS AND ORTHOGRAPHY|
|FRENCH CULTURE: PREHISTORY TO THE RENAISSANCE|
|FRENCH CULTURE: RENAISSANCE TO REVOLUTION|
|FRENCH CULTURE: REVOLUTION TO BELLE EPOQUE|
|LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF FRANCE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY|
|FRENCH POETRY FROM BAUDELAIRE TO PRESENT|
|STUDIES IN THE FRENCH NOVEL|
|ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION|
|ADVANCED CONVERSATION AND COMPOSITION|
|SEMINAR II (1-3)|
|Professional Education Courses (24 credit hours)|
|SPF 303||EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: MIDDLE AND SECONDARY EDUCATION||3|
|SPF 403||HISTORICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL FORCES INFLUENCING SECONDARY EDUCATION||3|
|EDU 416||TEACHING LITERACY IN MIDDLE AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS||3|
|EXE 372||FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING ADOLESCENTS WITH DISABILITIES||3|
|FLE 200||FIELD EXPERIENCE IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE EDUCATION||3|
|FLE 316||TEACHING READING IN THE SECOND LANGUAGE IN MIDDLE SCHOOLS||3|
|FLE 405||METHODS AND MATERIALS FOR TEACHING FOREIGN LANGUAGES IN HIGH SCHOOLS||3|
|FLE 406||TECHNIQUES FOR TEACHING AND EVALUATING FOREIGN LANGUAGES IN MIDDLE SCHOOLS||3|
|Student Teaching Courses (12 credit hours)|
|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 Credit Hours||42|
Selected under advisement.
All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.