Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

BA in French Teacher Education K-12 Certification Track

The curriculum for this track of the French degree is designed to provide prospective teachers a strong academic foundation in French along with a continuous focus on both the theory and practice of teaching through a sequence of pre- internship education courses and field experiences.

Students completing the 120-hour degree will have satisfied the USM Core Curriculum and the French Major as well as liberal arts courses required for initial teacher certification. Graduates are eligible for recommendation for K-12 teacher certification in Maine.

Course Requirements

USM Core Curriculum (including pre-internship education courses):

  • EYE 108-Culture, Identity and Education (recommended) (3 cr)
  • EDU 100 Exploring Teaching (recommended) (3 cr)
  • College Writing-ENG 100 (3 cr)
  • Cultural Interpretation (3 cr)
  • Quantitative (4 cr)
  • Creative Expression (3cr)
  • Socio-Cultural Analysis- HRD/SBS 200: Multicultural Human Development (3 cr)
  • Science Exploration- (4 cr)
  • Ethics- EDU 310: Purpose of Schooling in a Democracy recommended (3 cr)
  • Education Cluster (9 cr):
    • EDU 305: Foundations of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
    • SED 335: Students with Exceptionalities in General Education
    • SED 420: Multi-Tiered Systems of Educational Support
French Major Requirements: (39 cr)

Track 1 Literary Studies

Requirements

  • Language Classes (21 credits)
    7 Language courses among the following:
    • FRE 201-202 2nd year French (8)
    • FRE 301-302 3rd year French (6)
    • FRE 303 Thème et Version (3)
    • FRE 305 French Phonetics (3)
    • FRE 330 The Art of Writing (3)
  • French Civilization (6 credits)
    2 courses in French or Francophone civilization, among the following:
    • FRE 291 French Civilization I (3)
    • FRE 292 French Civilization II (3)
    • FRE 293 Topics in French/Francophone Cinema (3)
    • FRE 294 Topics and Themes in Francophone Studies (3)
  • French Literature (12 credits)
    • 3 300-level French courses, including FRE 331 and 2 courses in literature (FRE 367, FRE 369, FRE 399) (9 credits)
    • 1 400-level French course, including FRE 475 (3 credits)
    • FRE 331 Workshop in French Literary Analysis (3)
    • FRE 367 Genres and Periods in French Literature (3)
    • FRE 369 Topics and Themes in French Literature (3)
    • FRE 467 Genres and Periods in French Literature (3)
    • FRE 469 Topics and Themes in French Literature (3)
    • FRE 475 Capstone in French (3)

*FRE 399 may be substituted for FRE 367 or FRE 369 when offered.

Substitutions or alternatives to these curricular offerings may be considered by the French Section as appropriate.

Track 2 French Studies

Requirements

  • Language Courses (15 credits)
    5 courses among the following:
    • FRE 201-202 2nd year French (8)
    • FRE 301-302 3rd year French (6)
    • FRE 303 Thème et Variation (3)
    • FRE 305 French Phonetics (3)
    • FRE 330 The Art of Writing (3)
  • Civilization (6 credits)
    2 courses in French or Francophone civilization or electives, among the following:
    • FRE 291 French Civilization I (3)
    • FRE 292 French Civilization II (3)
    • FRE 293 Topics in French/Francophone Cinema (3)
    • FRE 294 Topics and Themes in Francophone Studies (3)
  • Electives (9 credits)
    3 courses of electives, among the following:
    • ARH 322 Medieval Art (3)
    • ARH 323 Renaissance Art (3)
    • ARH 324 17th and 18th Art (3)
    • ARH 326 19th European Art (3)
    • ARH 327 Modern Art (3)
    • ARH 328 Contemporary Art (3)
    • ENG 354 Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture (3)
    • (when topic deals with France and England)
    • HTY 311 Medieval Civilization (3)
    • HTY 312 Renaissance and Reformation (3)
    • HTY 313 French Revolution and Napoleon (3)
    • HUM 301 French North America (3)
    • HUM 310 French Settlement in the Northeast (3)
    • POS 205 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)
    • POS 245 French Politics (3)
    • POS 380 Issues Before the United Nations (3)
    • POS 335 Politics in Western Europe (3)
    • POS 405 The European Union (3)
    • POS 406 Research in the European Union (3)
  • Literature (6 credits)
    • 2 300-level French courses in literature, FRE 331 (required) and 1 of the following: FRE 367, FRE 369 or FRE 399 when offered:
    • FRE 331 Workshop in Literary Analysis (3)
    • FRE 367 Genres and Periods in French Literature (3)
    • FRE 369 Topics and Themes in French Literature (3)
  • Capstone (3 credits)
    • FRE 475 Capstone in French (3)
Strongly Recommended courses for both Tracks 1 and 2;
  • LIN 185 Language, Mind, and Society (3)
  • Full-year or semester-abroad program
  • Substitutions or alternatives to these curricular offerings may be considered by the French Section as appropriate.
Professional Education Internship Year Requirements ( 18 cr)
  • EDU 441 Seminar in Teaching and Learning I (3 cr)
  • EDU 442 Seminar in Teaching and Learning II (3 cr)
  • EDU 503 Methods of Teaching Foreign Language (3 cr)
  • EDU 413 Professional Internship in Secondary Education (9 cr)
Electives:

Students must complete elective credit to complete the 120 credit hour degree. For those students interested in teaching at the middle level (grades 6-8), it is recommended that they complete coursework in a second content area (e.g., English, mathematics, life or physical science) to become highly qualified to teach an additional content area. Those students interested in teaching high school may want to use their elective credits to bolster their content knowledge by taking additional courses in their major discipline and related fields. Finally, students should consider taking education courses that will support them to become better teachers including, but not limited to, topics such as literacy, technology, understanding and collaborating with families.

Other Requirements:

Acceptance into the Bachelor of Arts in French / K-12 Teacher Certification Track is contingent upon admission to USM and successful completion of the University's writing and mathematics proficiency requirements. Other acceptance criteria include a minimum 3.0 GPA and experience working with children. No more than 60 credits can be transferred into the program. Minimum academic requirements to remain in the program are as follows:

  • A grade of C or better in all University Core and major coursework.
  • A grade of B or better in all professional education coursework.
  • An overall GPA of 3.00 or better.

For the purposes of field placements in schools during the educational cluster and internship year, students are required to complete and show documentation of the fingerprinting process outlined by the Maine Department of Education: http://www.maine.gov/doe/cert/fingerprinting/

All students must formally declare their entry into a teacher certification concentration by completing the declaration procedures found on the Office of Educator Preparation web site at http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation. Passing Praxis I scores, subscription to Tk20, and two recommendation forms are necessary to complete the declaration process.

Tk20 Subscription:

All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an Educator Preparation program or pathway in USM summer 2013 or later are required to subscribe to the Tk20 online data management system. The subscription allows students to use the system for assessment, advisement, field-experience and career portfolio management. The subscription fee of $103 covers some of the expenses related to the administration and assessment of the program. For loan purposes, it will be eligible for consideration as part of costs. The subscription is a one-time payment and must be made by each student during the first semester of program or pathway matriculation (check with individual programs and pathways for specific subscription timelines). Subscription instructions are posted on the Office of Educator Preparation web site: http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation 

Students who fail to meet any of the academic or professional requirements of this track of the major must withdraw from this track and complete all requirements for the B.A. in French without certification.