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 Master of Arts in Teaching French

The Master of Arts in Teaching is designed as a course of study leading to New York State certification for teaching French in the secondary schools (grades 7-12), with an extension option for grades 5-6. This program, which is offered in collaboration with the University's Department of Languages and Cultural Studies, the School of Professional Development, and the D-TALE program, is designed for those who have little or no previous coursework in education or formal classroom teaching experience.

As of Summer 2021, the program will also be offered in a fully online format.

Director of the Foreign Language Teacher Preparation Program

Sarah Jourdain
Phone: (631) 632-7440

Faculty Advisor for the MAT in French

Prosper Sanou
Phone: (631) 632-7439

Degrees Awarded

Master of Arts in Teaching in  French
Bachelor of Arts in French with Teacher Preparation Option/Master of Arts in Teaching in French
Bachelor of Arts in French and Linguistics with Teacher Preparation Option/Master of Arts in Teaching in French



  • Application essay.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores.
  • A bachelor’s degree with an academic major (or a minimum of 36 credits) in the program language. Transcript must reflect a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA as well as a 3.0 minimum GPA in language studies.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Two of the three recommendations must be from faculty with whom you have completed a course of study at the college level. It would be preferable that these faculty be in the area of your major.
  • In those cases where the departmental admissions committee deems it desirable, personal interviews with departmental representatives may be necessary.

Course Requirements

The degree program consists of 47 credits, distributed among the areas listed below. Unless otherwise noted, each course is three credits. All degree requirements must be completed within five (5) years from the semester date of admission as a matriculated student.

Language, Literature and Culture - 15 credits

Students choose from the courses listed below; those not  listed are selected with the approval of a departmental advisor.

  • FRN 501 Contemporary French Culture and Institutions
  • FRN 507 Advanced Stylistics
  • FRN 510 French Phonetics and Diction
  • FRN 570 Special Topics in French Literature
  • FRN 581 Independent Individual Studies
  • FRN 502 French Civ & His. Perspective
  • FRN 513 Romance Linguistics
  • FRN 511 Business French
  • FRN 552 Studies in 19th Century French Literature
  • FRN 562 Studies in 20th & 21st Century

Professional Studies in Education - 26 credits

  • CEE 505 Education: Theory and Practice
  • CEE 565 or PSY 595 - Human Development
  • CEF 547 Principles and Practices of Special Education CEE 565 Human Development
  • FLA 505 Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages
  • FLA 506 Portfolio Development (prerequisite FLA 505)
  • FLA 507 Critical Pedagogy or FLA 571 - Technology & Education
  • FLA 507 - Critical Pedagogy or FLA 540 - Foreign Language Acquisition Research
  • 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, & 540; corequisites FLA 551 & FLA 552) FLA 571 Technology and Education or FLA 507 Critical Pedagogy

At the program director’s discretion, an undergraduate course from a registered and approved program may be approved as a substitution for any of the courses listed below. In all cases the undergraduate course must have been completed with a B or higher and the student must then take a different graduate pedagogy course to fulfill the graduate credits required for the graduate degree.

  • CEE 505 Education – Theory and Practice
  • CEF 547 Principles and Practices of Special Education
  • CEE 594 Language Acquisition and Literacy Development
  • CEE 565 Human Development

Speak to your graduate program director for more information and approval.

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. 

  • FLA 551 Supervised Student Teaching HS, Grades 10-12: For. Languages
  • FLA 552 Supervised Student Teaching MS, Grades 7-9: For. Languages

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.

Student Teaching Courses:

  • 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.

Course Descriptions

The course descriptions for this program can be found using Class Search in SOLAR and/or on the websites for SPD and  European Languages and Literatures .


Courses may be offered at Stony Brook University and/or at specific contracted offsite locations.

Teacher Certification

The Master of Arts in Teaching is a New York State registered and approved program that qualifies students for license upon successful degree completion. Students must complete all courses required for the MAT and must receive a grade of B or better in all pedagogy and foundation courses as well as an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all course work attempted while matriculated in a graduate teacher preparation program.

In addition, all teacher preparation candidates must be fingerprinted and must also complete certification workshops in:

  • Child Abuse
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
  • School Violence (Project Save)
  • Identification and Referral of Substance Abuse

See Certification and Licensing Workshops for details and schedules.

Also, all students will have to complete the  Educating All Students Test, and the revised CST (Content Specialty Test) in the area of the Certificate. Please check with the MAT program director for specific requirements.


Program faculty are drawn from the departments of Department of Languages and Cultural Studies, as well as from the D-TALE program.