Teaching Training in Foreign Languages at Stony Brook
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: www.pep.sunysb.edu
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, FLA 439, LIN 344, FLA 339/449, FLA /340/450 (20 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.
Language, Literature and Culture
Spanish (HEGIS 0802)
Italian (HEGIS 1104)
French (HEGIS 1102)
German (HEGIS 1103)
Plus, two additional graduate-level GER literature courses.
Field Experience and Clinical Practice
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.)
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:
a) Undergraduate: SSE 350. 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 information about specific languages, contact program advisers:
For program questions, please contact:
More information is available at the PEP web site, including how to register for tests, etc.