College of Arts and Letters2012-2013

Department of Global Languages and Cultures

Secondary Education - French, Bachelor of Science in Education

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2018

This degree prepares future educators to teach French language and stylistics, heightened by an exposure to French civilization and literature. Students also become versed in the theories of language acquisition and best practices for teaching language.

This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Education in Secondary Education - French?

You love the French language and culture and you relish the opportunity to teach it to another generation. If that sounds like you, then becoming a high school French teacher might just be the path to follow. Major in secondary education with an emphasis on French, and you'll learn how to communicate in the language and spread cultural awareness.

In the department of Modern Languages, you’ll have access to the Language Learning Center, a state-of-the-art computer, video, and audio laboratory, as well as opportunities to study abroad or participate in exchange programs. While collecting expertise in teaching skills, you’ll develop all the tools you need to shape the educational experience of high school French students.

Note: You must apply and be accepted to the College of Education’s teacher education program in addition to being admitted to the university.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Tutor
  • Reading specialist
  • Curriculum specialist

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Counselor
  • School psychologist
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Superintendent

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 38 units of major requirements
  • At least 24 units of Foundations in Teaching requirements
  • Be aware that you may not use courses with an FRE prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA 2.5
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Foreign Language Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching Required
Study Abroad Required
Progression Plan Link View Progression Plan


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • If you are completing an undergraduate program in secondary education, you must meet the following admission requirements.

    • 45 units of course work
    • EDF 200 with a minimum grade of "C"
    • MAT 110 or  MAT 114 with a minimum grade of "C"
    • MAT 155 with a minimum grade of "C"
    • Complete at least 3 units of concentration major course work
    • A minimum GPA of 2.5 in all content major course work
    • The English foundations requirement (ENG 105 or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 3.0. (If your English GPA is below 3.0, you may take an approved writing course to achieve the 3.0 GPA.)
    • One of the following grade point average requirements:
      • a cumulative 2.5 GPA in Liberal Studies courses
      • a cumulative 2.5 GPA in all courses
    • A declared a major and minor or extended major
    • Recommendation Form (included in application packet) completed by someone who has directly observed your work with children or adolescents within the ages of pre-school through high school. Such work experience can be either voluntary or paid, but must have occurred in a structured setting for a minimum of 15 hours. Examples of acceptable experiences may include work as a camp counselor, swimming instructor, Sunday school teacher, volunteer in a classroom, or other similar settings
    • Attendance at a teacher-education orientation for Secondary Education
    • A copy of your State-approved Identity-Verified Print (IVP) fingerprint clearance card, obtainable through the Arizona Department of Public Safety (602-223-2279).
    • Be admitted to NAU
Major Requirements
  • Take the following 62 units with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and with a grade of "C" or better in each course.

    French (FRE) and Language (LAN) courses (38 units)

    * Of these 15 units of 300- and 400-level FRE courses, you must complete at least 12 study-abroad units from either FRE 323 or FRE 423. NAU has a variety of study-abroad options for you to complete your French study-abroad requirement. Your advisor will work with you personally to identify necessary courses as well as an affordable and an effective experience.

    Please be aware of the following:
    • You must earn a grade of "C" or better in any course you wish to apply to this major.
    • We will not recommend you for student teaching if you have less than a "B" (3.0) grade point average.
    • You may count up to 9 units of credit-by-exam. Contact the department for more information.
    • You may not count FRE 100-level courses toward your major requirements.
    • You may only take lower-level FRE courses if you have not already taken advanced FRE coursework. For example, after you have completed 200-level FRE courses, you may not take FRE courses at the 100 level; after completing a 300-level course, you may not take 100- or 200-level courses.

Teacher Preparation
  • In all of our teacher education programs, you are required to complete a student teaching or internship experience. In addition, a minimum number of units of practicum is required, which involves supervised field experience with a practicing teacher.

    Before being accepted to student teaching, the following criteria must be met:
    • Admission to the teacher education program
    • NAU GPA must be at least 2.5, with a GPA of 2.5 in all teacher preparation courses, with no grade lower than a "C."
    • All education courses and departmental requirements must be successfully completed prior to student teaching.
    • All concentration courses must be completed with no grade lower than a "C." (B.S.Ed. in Elementary and Early Childhood education students only)
    • All education coursework, with the exception of EDF 200, must be completed within the six years prior to student teaching.
    • All candidates must demonstrate social and emotional maturity consistent with professional standards of classroom instruction as well as adequate physical health for teaching.
  • AEPA Requirements

    In order to obtain an AZ teaching certificate, you will need to pass the following exams:
    • AEPA Subject Knowledge Exam
    • AEPA Professional Knowledge Exam
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

  • Please note that you may take as an elective POS 220 (or POS 110 and POS 241), which satisfies the state and federal constitution requirement for Arizona certification, or you may meet the requirement by demonstrating proficiency on a special exam.
Additional Information
  • Please be aware that, for the B.S.Ed. degree, you must have the following:
    • A grade of "B" or better for the English foundation requirement (ENG 105 or equivalent) (If you don’t receive a 3.0, you may complete an additional ENG writing course, at the 200-level or above, with at least a "B," to meet this requirement.)
    • A grade of "C" or better for the mathematics foundation requirement
    • A grade point average of at least 2.5 in all of your Northern Arizona University coursework in order to student teach. This requirement applies to all B.S.Ed. majors at Northern Arizona University.
  • All candidates for the French B.S.Ed. major must take the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Advanced-Low Level Check. See your advisor for details.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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