Secondary Education - French, Bachelor of Science in Education

Department of Global Languages and Cultures

College of Arts and Letters

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 nationally recognized by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

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

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

  • 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 41 units of major requirements
  • At least 21 units of Foundations in Teaching requirements

  • Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements

  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Candidates in this program are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, professional knowledge, and professional dispositions to be eligible to enter student teaching or internship placements. Content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills, professional dispositions are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in the following course(s):

Please note that students 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
University Honors Program Optional
Progression Plan Link View Progression Plan

Purpose Statement

These programs prepare future educators to teach Spanish, French, or German language and stylistics, heightened by an exposure to civilization and culture and literature by becoming versed in the theories of second language acquisition and best practices for language teaching. The programs emphasize the development of a teacher’s ability to develop research-based teaching strategies that are developed from second language acquisition research that informs our field and makes language learning accessible to learners. Specific attention is directed at the interaction of second language acquisition theories, foreign language pedagogy, individual differences that learners bring to the language learning process (e.g., motivation, aptitude), curriculum, classroom management theories as well as competence in the language candidates will teach, the target language. Attaining a high level of communicative competence in the target language is an emphasis of the program such that candidates who enter future classrooms enjoy a relatively high level of proficiency; most candidates spend at least a semester studying abroad to do so and also to build competency and knowledge of the cultural products, practices, and perspectives related to the languages they will teach. The program is unique in that it focuses solely on foreign language education. This allows candidates to be in a supportive cohort of high-achieving peers taught by faculty who specialize and conduct research in second language acquisition. We strive to provide a cutting-edge, high-quality program that will utilize and build upon candidates’ knowledge, proficiency, and experiences living in the target culture to become an innovative middle or high school teacher that bases classroom practices on second language acquisition research. The program is designed for students with an interest in Spanish, French, or German education that are seeking certification to teach one or more of these languages.

Student Learning Outcomes

Outcomes align with Standards from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium

  • Standard 1.  Language, Linguistics, Comparisons
  • Demonstrating Language Proficiency: Candidates demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the target language, and they seek opportunities to strengthen their proficiency.
  • Understanding Linguistics: Candidates know the linguistic elements of the target language system, recognize the changing nature of language, and accommodate for gaps in their own knowledge of the target language system by learning on their own.
  • Identifying Language Comparisons: Candidates know the similarities and differences between the target language and other languages, identify the key differences in varieties of the target language and seek opportunities to learn about varieties of the target language on their own.
  • Standard 2. Cultures, Literature, Cross-Disciplinary Concepts
  • Demonstrating Cultural Understandings: Candidates demonstrate that they understand the connections among the perspectives of a culture and its practices and products, and they integrate the cultural framework for foreign language standards into their instructional practices.
  • Demonstrating Understanding of Literary and Cultural Texts and Traditions: Candidates recognize the value and role of literary and cultural texts and use them to interpret and reflect upon the perspectives of the target language.
  • Integrating of Other Disciplines in Instruction: Candidates integrate knowledge of other disciplines into foreign language instruction and identify distinctive viewpoints accessible only through the target language.
  • Standard 3.  Language Acquisition Theories and Instructional Practices
  • Understanding Language Acquisition and Creating a Supportive Classroom: Candidates demonstrate an understanding of language acquisition at various developmental levels and use this knowledge to create a supportive classroom learning environment that includes target language input and opportunities for negotiation of meaning and meaningful interaction. 
  • Developing Instructional Practices That Reflect Language Outcomes and Learner Diversity: Candidates develop a variety of instructional practices that reflect language outcomes and articulated program models and address the needs of diverse l described in the evidence for a standard gathered in a course or a field experience language learners.
  • Standard 4. Integration of Standards into Curriculum and Instruction
  • Understanding and Integrating Standards in Planning: Candidates demonstrate an understanding of the goal areas and standards of the Standards for Foreign Language Learning and their state standards, and they integrate these frameworks into curricular planning.
  • Integrating Standards in Instruction: Candidates integrate the Standards for Foreign Language Learning and their state standards into language instruction.
  • Selecting and Designing Instructional Materials: Candidates use standards and curricular goals to evaluate, select, design, and adapt instructional resources.
  • Standard 5. Assessment of Languages and Cultures
  • Knowing Assessment Models and Using Them Appropriately: Candidates believe that assessment is ongoing, and they demonstrate knowledge of multiple ways of assessment that are age- and level-appropriate by implementing purposeful measures.

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • To be eligible for admission to the program, candidates must meet the following requirements:

    30 units of coursework which includes:

    • EDF 200 with a grade of "C" or better
    • MAT 110 or MAT 114 with a grade of "C" or better
    • 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.)
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 in all content major coursework (must have taken at least 3 units) and a cumulative 2.5 GPA in all courses.

  • Additional requirements:

    • You must be declared in this major.
    • Completion of teacher-education orientation for Secondary Education
    • Submission of a copy of your State-approved Identity-Verified Print (IVP) fingerprint clearance card, obtainable through the Arizona Department of Public Safety (602-223-2279)
Major Requirements
  • Take the following 62 units with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in FRE and LAN courses 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 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 FRE and LAN courses, with no grade lower than a "C" in the major.
    • Passing score on the required Professional Dispositions Modules
    • Complete all plan requirements.
    • All major 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.
    In order to obtain an AZ teaching certificate, you must pass the following required Arizona Educator Exams
    • French Subject Knowledge Exam
    • Secondary Professional Knowledge Exam
  • Arizona Teacher Certification

    In order to obtain an Arizona teaching certificate you must pass both the appropriate National Evaluation Series subject matter test and the National Evaluation Series Secondary Assessment Professional Knowledge.

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.)

Additional Information
  • 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 Arizona state teacher certification requirements leading to Institutional Recommendations may change at any time, and may impact program of study requirements.

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