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The French Education K-12 Certification concentration brings students up to date on the latest practices, programs, and changes in education laws, and prepares students for state endorsement to teach French at the K–12 level in New Hampshire and throughout the United States. The program is ideal for anyone with a baccalaureate degree who would like to teach French at the elementary and secondary level, including those with baccalaureate degrees in French who would like to obtain their teaching certification; teachers already certified in another foreign language or another subject; and native French speakers with a college degree who would like to teach French.
Applicants should demonstrate the following college-level coursework or equivalent competencies (by audit, portfolio, or exam): completion of four upper-division major courses in French (French history and civilization, French culture and conversation, advanced French, French grammar and composition), intensive and extensive advanced readings in French, completion or equivalent of at least six advanced French literature courses, intensive immersion experience at the advanced level (i.e., semester abroad, residence in the country or community of the target language), and K–12 foreign language methods. Applicants are required to submit passing Praxis II scores as part of the admissions process.
Certification-only Option: Students would complete 30-33 credits as listed below, excluding the Master’s Core Component.
Program of Study
- Master’s Core Component – 9 credits
3Seeks to examine the manner in which the behavior, feelings, or thoughts of one individual are influenced by the behavior or characteristics of others. Topics to be considered include social perception, attitudes, gender, social cognition, conflict, social influence, intercultural awareness, prejudice, discrimination, aggression, and group behavior. Fall, spring, and summer.
3A study of the historical, philosophical, and social-philosophic foundations of education. Emphasis is placed upon the ideas of the classical, medieval, Enlightenment, and post-Enlightenment periods that have influenced types of American educational systems relative to their mission and purpose. Analysis of how these systems have defined ethics and the characteristics of the virtuous person.
3ED 5030 Research DesignKnowledge and understanding of the commonly accepted research designs. Study of research instruments and statistics used in educational research. Wide reading in various types of research design. Critical analysis of research design.
- Learning Theory Component (If not met in undergraduate work) – 18 credits
3An overview of current theories concerning the brain, development, and learning. Analysis of developmental concepts from birth through adolescence and adulthood. Discussion of language acquisition, thinking and learning styles, multiple intelligence, and creativity. Topics include teaching, learning, and assessment issues related to cultural diversity, technology, and learning differences.
3Focuses on providing students interested in elementary or secondary teaching with prerequisite skills necessary for successful student teaching. Students will demonstrate competence in: knowledge of curriculum, lesson and interdisciplinary unit planning, organizing and delivering instruction, adjusting instruction for diverse learning styles, individual needs and cultures, evaluating outcomes of instruction and use of a variety of classroom management strategies. Seminars will address issues related to teaching and emphasize student reflection and evaluation of their teaching. All students will be required to complete directed observation, participation and teaching in an assigned school. Discussions of ethical practices and professionalism will permeate the course. Prerequisite: ED 5270.
3ED 5270 Foundations of TeachingAn introduction to the teaching profession and the realities of teaching in today's schools. A series of seminars includes such topics as the history and structure of education, societal issues, the role of the teacher, instructional planning, legal rights and responsibilities of students and teachers, learning styles and effective teaching. A school observation/participation experience of a minimum of 30 hours is required.
3This course will focus on assessing curricula and assessment practices which correlate with state and national standards. Students will be introduced to a range of curriculum models. Various strategies and the administration of performance-based assessment will be studied. This course is designed for students in the Elementary and Secondary Teacher Certification programs.
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3The emphasis throughout this course is on the practical application of appraisal techniques in education. Critical concepts related to assessment and the integration of assessment into teaching and learning include: the role of assessment in teaching, how validity is determined, factors influencing reliability, avoiding stereotypes, understanding and using numerical data, using standardized assessment to improve instruction, and ideas and strategies for mining and reporting assessment data.
3To introduce the student to the theories underlying current pedagogical approaches to foreign language instruction; to assist the student in collecting, creating and adapting instruction materials appropriate to elementary, middle and senior high school foreign language courses; to assist the student in preparing and implementing individual lesson plans, long-range planning, student assessment, text book evaluation and the use of technology; to prepare the student for a successful student teaching experience.
3Analysis of models and dynamics involved in planning, teaching, and evaluating environments for special needs students. An overview of special education, characteristics of individuals with disabilities, individualized educational plans, functional behavior assessment, practical teaching strategies, and the New Hampshire Special Education Process and Policies. An observation component of 15 hours will be required of all students not presently in a school or teaching situation.
- French Content Component – 6 credits
A minimum of six PSU graduate credits are required. Additional credits in this discipline may be necessary for certification.
- Capstone Experience – 6-9 credits
- Total for MEd in Language Education, French Education K-12 Certification – 39-42 credits