French with Secondary Certification, BA
Shippensburg University is a great place to study to become a French teacher because its secondary education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. It also has the only public elementary lab school in the state.
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What Will I Learn?
You will learn interpersonal communication, interpretive listening, interpretive reading as well as oral and written presentations in French. In addition, you will learn about the French and Francophone cultures including the products, practices and perspectives. Critical thinking, problem solving and cultural awareness are also other student learning outcomes of the program. You would attain an Intermediate-Low level minimum in oral and written skills. In addition, you will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions to teach French in a K-12 setting according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages standards for the preparation of language teachers.
What are the requirements for this degree?
In this program, you will complete the requirements for the French major while taking education courses required for certification.
What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?
The Bachelor of Arts in French with secondary certification program prepares you to teach French in grades 7-12 in Pennsylvania, as well as in more than 40 other states with reciprocal agreements.
Learning French also prepares you for a diverse job market in other areas. This program is a great asset for students who may decide to seek careers in such fields as:
- Services (health, international organizations, volunteering)
- Industry (import/export, marketing and advertising, overseas investments)
- Government (foreign service, department of state, FBI, CIA, homeland security)
What Career Outcomes Do Alumni Have With This Degree?
What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?
The focus is on oral proficiency. Thus, the program adheres to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) standards. Our classes are small so we can provide students with a truly one-on-one learning experience.
As you prepare to become a teacher, you will participate in hands-on learning experiences such as:
- Observation of classes in elementary, secondary and community college settings
- Observations of physically challenged and exceptional learners
- Student teaching placements
As you complete the requirements for the French major, you have access to:
- A multimedia language learning center
- Communication with native speakers
- A large collection of literature and media concerning the French language and culture
Study abroad and internship opportunities are also available and look great on your resume.
You can also pursue involvement with student education groups, French Club and Pi Delta Phi, the national French honor society.