Secondary Teaching Certification

The MA Program in French – Secondary Teaching Certification

Cecilia Siruno, MA in French with Secondary Teaching Certification, doing her student teaching (Fall 2015). Juliana Scrivner, French teacher at Ironwood Ridge High School, and Cecilia Siruno.

Secondary Teaching Certification

The M.A. Program in French – Secondary Teaching Certification

 I. Program Requirements

  • The MA in French with Secondary Teaching Certification requires a minimum of 54 units. 
  • Students normally proceed through this M.A. program in six semesters, completing 6 courses or 18 units during each year in residence, plus one summer.
  • Students in the Secondary Teaching Certification will complete their coursework by taking the courses outlined below. 

1. French Language, Literature, and Culture (12 units) from:

FREN 532, French Translation
FREN 533, Business French 1                                                                                                         
FREN 534, Business French 2                                                                                                         
FREN 540, Topics in French Literature
FREN 542, French Narratives and Film
FREN 543, Contemporary Francophone Literature and Cinema
FREN 544, Topics in French Culture
FREN 545, Francophone Cultures and Traditions
FREN 547, Topics in Francophone Studies
FREN 550, French Cultural & Literary History: Renaissance to Revolution
FREN 551, French Cultural & Literary History: Revolution-World War II
FREN 552, French Cultural & Literary History: Contemporary France (20th-21st)
FREN 553, Literature in Context: Focus on a Historical period
FREN 561A, French Linguistics
FREN 563, Simultaneous and Consecutive Interpretation

2. Secondary Teaching Certification (30 units)

a. Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

FREN 567, Topics in French Linguistics: The Acquisition of French
FREN 579, Issues/Methods in Post-Second Foreign Language Teaching/ Learning
                   (required for GATs)
FREN 578, Literacy in L2/FL Classroom: Theory, Research, and Practice
FREN 587, Testing and Evaluation in Foreign/Second Language Programs

b. Certification

TTE 597R, Action Research Workshop
EDP 510, Learning Theory in Education
SERP 596c, Introduction to Learning and Behavioral Disabilities
TTE 536, Alternatives in the Secondary Classroom
LRC 516, Structured English Immersion
LRC 517, Structured English Immersion II

3. Student Teaching (12 units):  TTE 593: Internship

4. Constitution (Online test can be taken within 3 years)

Sample Course Sequence

1 Fall

- FREN 579: Issues/Methods in Foreign Language Teaching/Learning
- FREN 567: Topics in French Linguistics: The Acquisition of French or TTE 539: Recent Research in Teaching and Schooling

2 Spring

- FREN 587: Testing and Evaluation in Foreign/Second Language Programs
- TTE 536:  Alternatives in the Secondary Classroom

3 Summer

- EDP 510: Learning Theory in Education
- SERP 596c: Introduction to Learning and Behavioral Disabilities

4 Fall

- FREN 578: Literacy in L2/FL Classroom or LRC 535: Literacy in a Multicultural Society
- LRC 516: Structured English Immersion

5 Spring

- TTE 597R:  Action Research Workshop
- LRC 517: Structured English Immersion II

6 Fall

- TTE 593: Internship (Student Teaching)

UA South LCEV 508 (offered online) may be taken as equivalent for LRC 516
UA South LCEV 516 (offered online) may be taken as equivalent for LRC 517
NB: If you take LRC 516 at the UA, you also have to take LRC 517 at the UA. If you take LCEV 508 at UA South, you also have to take LCEV 516 at UA South.

II. Completing the M.A.

Preparing for Your M.A. Exams

The M.A. examination is given twice a year, usually in October-November and March-April, and consists of two parts, written and oral. No later than the beginning of the semester of the expected graduation date, the candidate and DGS should agree upon the Exam Committee members, whose chair will be formally appointed by the DGS. The candidate is responsible for:

  • checking Graduate College deadlines and submitting the Master/s/Specialist Committee Appointment Form through GradPath
  • meeting with the Exam Committee members and providing (e-mailing) each of them (+ the DGS) copies of all course syllabi covered in the MA program;
  • alerting them to the proposed date of the written examination, ascertaining their times and dates of availability for the Oral Exam, and communicating these times and dates to the DGS, who will schedule a provisional time, date, and classroom for the Oral Exam; 
  • clearing all fees with the Bursar's Office.

The M.A. Written Examination

The M.A. written examination will be based on the candidate's coursework in French and/or Francophone literature, culture, and/or theory, as well as related areas of the graduate curriculum when appropriate (as determined by the DGS and Exam Committee Chair). The written component of the examination will consist of two take-home exams (sent via e-mail) in French and a teaching portfolio. In consultation with the members of the examination committee, the candidate will select the general area of the papers. All essays should be written in French, typed, double-spaced, and 4-6 pages in length. The student has one week to complete all exams and return them to the DGS, who will distribute them to the committee members for evaluation.

The M.A. Oral Examination

The candidate is not permitted to undertake the oral component of the MA Examination until s/he has performed satisfactorily on the written part. (Satisfactorily is defined as a passing grade on the written part from at least two of the three committee members). A student required to retake one or more parts of the written examination (normally in the semester following the one in which the original attempt was made, but not sooner) must do so before proceeding to the oral examination. The Oral Examination (1-2 hours maximum) will cover works on the candidate’s course syllabi as well as areas considered in the written examination. The M.A. oral examination is usually scheduled within a week to ten days of the written examination. The Graduate College sets deadlines each semester for the completion of this examination.  The Graduate College sets deadlines each semester for the completion of this examination; students are responsible for knowing these deadlines and scheduling their exams accordingly. The examination committee shall meet prior to the oral examination to determine time limits and questioning sequences. It shall meet once more after the completion of the oral examination to determine if the candidate has:

1. Passed.

2. Failed (in which case the student must wait until the following semester before retaking the oral examination). A second oral examination will take place no sooner than four months after the initial one.

Note: Two adverse votes result in failure. An abstention counts as a vote for failure. Results are tallied by the committee chair, who informs the candidate only as to whether the vote was Pass or Fail.


ll-updated and approved by the faculty on Dec. 2, 2016