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Teaching Training in Foreign Languages at Stony Brook

Prosper Sanou, Director
Irene Marchegiani, Associate Director, Student Teaching, Student Placement
Mary Wilmarth, Secretary

The Program

The Stony Brook Teaching Training program in Foreign Languages offers three options:

Option 1: At the undergraduate level: students will enroll in the program when they have completed at least one 300-level language course, and will be admitted if their GPA is 2.75 or higher. Students must complete at least 36 credits in the content language, and all education courses, including student teaching, as required New York State SED. This option will allow students to obtain an initial license, and they are required to complete an MA degree within 5 years thereafter to get professional license.

Option 2: 5-year BA/MAT - Students may opt for a combined BA and MAT degree. Students wishing to follow this option, will be admitted into the program in their junior year if they have a GPA of 3.00 or higher. Education courses will begin at the undergraduate level and be completed at the graduate level. Students will receive their BA and MAT upon completion of the program. For more details, consult the director of the program.

Option 3: MAT - For students who already have a BA or equivalent and wish to obtain Teaching Certification. For more information, consult the director of the program.

For more information about the Professional Education Program at Stony Brook, please visit the web site:

Option 1 - Undergraduate Curriculum

In addition to fulfillment of the requirements for the major in French, German, Italian, Russian, or Spanish, prospective student teachers of foreign languages are required to take the following courses in order to satisfy all requirements for New York State initial certification:

Note: Courses taken for Pass/No Credit may not be used to satisfy the professional education component of the teacher preparation program.

Prospective student teachers are also urged to take as many advanced language courses as possible through the semester prior to student teaching. For further information, students are asked to consult with departmental advisors. All questions concerning application for student teaching and requirements for certification are to be directed to the program coordinator.

Sequence of courses:

1. Completion of a BA with a major or equivalent in the content area.

2. Completion of 36 college credits in the content area.

3. Completion of the following education courses before being admitted to student teaching:

SSE 350. PSY 327, CEF 347, FLA 439, LIN 344, FLA 339/449, FLA /340/450 (23 credits)

5. Student Teaching: FLA 451/452/454 (15 credits)

Application form and information are available in the European Languages Department office, Humanities 1055.

Option 2 - Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching Foreign Languages programs are designed as courses of study leading to New York State professional license for teaching Spanish, Italian, French, and German in the secondary schools (grades 7-12). This program, which is offered in collaboration with the University's Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature, the Department of European Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Professional Education Program, is designed for those who have little or no previous coursework in education or formal classroom teaching experience.

Degree Program
The degree program consists of 44 credits, distributed among the areas listed below. Unless otherwise noted, each course is three credits.

Language, Literature and Culture
15 credits; courses not listed are selected with the approval of a departmental advisor

Spanish (HEGIS 0802)
Choose five of the following with the approval of the graduate program director:
SPN 501 Spanish Historical Linguistics
SPN 502 Methods in Linguistics Research
SPN 503 Spanish Linguistics
SPN 504 Contrastive Analysis
SPN 505 Spanish Dialectology and Sociolinguistics
SPN 510 Hispanic Culture
SPN 515 Spanish Composition and Stylistics
SPN 500-level Courses in Literature (to be selected by student and advisor)
SPN 691 Practicum in Teaching Spanish

Italian (HEGIS 1104)
ITL 501 Contemporary Italy
ITL 508 Advanced Grammar and Stylistics
One of the following courses in Italian Linguistics: ITL 509, ITL 511, ITL 512, ITL 513
One graduate course in literature
One graduate ITL elective course

French (HEGIS 1102)
FRN 501 Contemporary French Culture and Institutions
FRN 507 Advanced Stylistics
FRN 510 French Phonetics and Diction
Plus two additional graduate-level FRN literature courses

German (HEGIS 1103)
GER 504 German Cultural History
GER 506 Advanced Stylistics
Plus, one of the following courses:
GER 557 History of the German Language
GER 539 Contrastive Structures: German-English
GER 558 Middle High German

Plus, two additional graduate-level GER literature courses.

Professional Studies in Education - 23 credits

CEE 505 Education: Theory and Practice
CEF 547 Principles and Practice in Special Education
PSY 595 Human Development
FLA 505 Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages
FLA 506 Portfolio Development (prerequisite FLA 505)
FLA 540 Foreign Language Acquisition Research or FLA 507 Clinical Pedagogy
FLA 549 Field Experience I—Grades 7-9 (one credit; corequisite FLA 505)
FLA 550 Field Experience II—Grades 10-12 (one credit; corequisite FLA 506)

FLA 554 Student Teaching Seminar (prerequisites FLA 505, 506, & 507; & FLA 552)
FLA 571 Technology and Education

Field Experience and Clinical Practice
Students will be required to complete 100 clock hours of field experience related to coursework prior to student teaching or practica. These experiences include practicing skills for interacting with parents, experiences in high-need schools, and experiences with each of the following student populations: socio-economically disadvantaged students, students who are English Language Learners, and students with disabilities.

Supervised Student Teaching - 6 credits
Prior to student teaching , students must participate in an official ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) and receive a minimum spoken proficiency rating of Advanced-Low as defined in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines-Speaking (1999). Students must contact Language Testing International (LTI) and arrange for either a face-to-face OPI or a phone interview.
FLA 551 Supervised Student Teaching High School Grades 10-12: Foreign Languages (prerequisites FLA 505, 506, and 540; corequisites FLA 552 and 554)
FLA 552 Supervised Student Teaching Middle School Grades 7-9: Foreign Languages (prerequisites FLA 505, 506, and 540; corequisites FLA 551 and FLA 554)

Written Project
Students in all degree programs will be required to complete a four-week foreign language teaching module specifically designed for the Supervised Student Teaching project.

All degree requirements must be completed within five (5) years from the semester date of admission as a matriculated student.

Students may petition SPD to have Stony Brook graduate courses that are over five (5) years old when a student is admitted or readmitted to an SPD degree or certificate program individually reviewed by the appropriate department/faculty to determine if the credits may be applied toward current SPD degree/certificate requirements. Grades in such courses must be "B" or better. (Courses older than 10 years are not eligible for review.)

Teacher Certification
While the New York State Education Department (NYSED) requires a minimum of 36 credits in the content field in order to be certified, Stony Brook University requires that students must have completed an undergraduate degree with a major in the content field for admission to the MAT program. This major must be equivalent to a similar major at Stony Brook.

In order to obtain New York State professional license, students must complete all courses required for the MAT.

Option 3 - BA/MAT - Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Combined

This option is available to undergraduate students who have demonstrated above average academic performance (GPA of 3.0 or higher) and completion of at least one 300-level language and one 300-level literature course in the content area with a grade of B+ or higher). Student could apply as early as the second semester sophomore year. Once accepted into the program students must keep a GPA of 3:00 or higher.

BA/MAT sequence of courses:

  1. Completion of all BA requirements by the end of the fourth year.
  2. Completion of a major or equivalent in the content area, including 36 credits in language instruction, by end of the fourth year
  3. 15 credits in the content area, for specific courses see MAT curriculum, before being admitted to student teaching. (15 credits)
  4. Completion of the following education courses before being admitted to student teaching:

a)      Undergraduate: SSE 350. CEF 347, PSY 327, FLA 439, LIN 344 (12 credits)

b)      Graduate: FLA 505/549, FLA /506/550. FLA 540, FLA 571 (14 credits)

4)  Student Teaching: FLA 551/552/554 (9 credits)

Information about the 5-year combined BA/MAT is available in the European Languages Department office, Humanities 1055.

 Note: Both BA and MAT are awarded upon completion of the program.

For more information, download the advising information - choose  Word format or Acrobat format

For information about specific languages, contact program advisers:

Prosper Sanou, French
Charles Franco, Italian
Francisco Ordóñez, Spanish

For program questions, please contact:
Dr. Prosper Sanou, Director
MAT in Foreign Languages
School of Professional Development
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4310
Telephone: 631-632-7440
Fax: 631-632-9046

For application procedure questions go to:
or contact: Dr. Marvin Glockner, Associate Dean
School of Professional Development
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4310
Telephone: 631-632-7055
Fax: 631-632-9046

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