French Teaching

French Teaching
Hours53 - 68 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

This major is designed to prepare students to teach in public schools. In order to graduate with this major, students are required to complete Utah State Office of Education licensing requirements. To view these requirements go to or contact Education Student Services, 350 MCKB, (801) 422-3426.
Obtain application instructions by meeting with the Department of French and Italian French secondary education supervisor. Applications are accepted during the first block of each semester while student is enrolled in Sc Ed 276R.
The French and Italian Department requires a minimum of 18 major hours to be taken in residence at BYU for this degree program. These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
For students accepted into the major after August 1, 2014, grades below C in any required coursework in a teaching major or teaching minor will not be accepted. Teacher candidates must maintain a total GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the program and to qualify for student teaching. For details on admission and retention requirements for teaching majors and teaching minors, see Educator Preparation Program (EPP) Requirements in the undergraduate catalog.
A teaching minor in another subject is strongly recommended. Teaching opportunities in public schools may be significantly reduced without a second teaching subject that a teaching minor provides.
Complete the following prerequisite courses: Fren 101, 102, 201, 202. (May be waived with previous equivalent language experience.)
requirement 2 Complete 2 courses
requirement 3 Complete 2 courses
Note: Only one registration of Fren 490R will count toward the major requirements.
requirement 4 Complete 1 option
Complete the following before enrolling in Fren 378. The rating will be recorded on the student's transcript. The expected minimum rating of ADVANCED-LOW must be completed before applying to student teach.
option 4.1 Complete 1 course
Note: Before applying for student teaching or an internship, students must receive an official OPI certificate from ACTFL with a rating of ADVANCED-LOW or higher and take the French PRAXIS test. At least one month before student teaching applications are due, students should schedule an OPI through the Center for Language Studies, 3086 JFSB.
requirement 5 Complete 2 options
Professional Education Component:
Licensure requirements: Contact the Education Advisement Center, 350 MCKB, 422-3426, to schedule the final interview to clear your application for the secondary teaching license. You should be registered for your last semester at BYU prior to the scheduled appointment.
option 5.2 Complete 12.0 hours from the following course(s)
SC ED 476R - (Not currently offered)
Student teachers/interns must complete three forms in their LiveText accounts (PIBS, CDS, FED) and attach their TWS to the LiveText account for their program. All four must be completed to be cleared for graduation.
Note: The Department of French and Italian offers the following resources to strengthen language skills: conversation courses (Fren 211R, 311R, 411R), Foreign Language Student Residence, Study Abroad, and internships in French-speaking countries. Please refer to the specific program or course description for detailed information about these resources.
Program Outcomes

Language and Linguistics

Candidates are proficient at the advanced level in French (as defined by the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines) and understand underlying linguistic elements of French.

Language Acquisition Theory

Understand basic language acquisition theory, create supportive learning environments, and use a variety of instructional techniques.

Planning Instruction

Plan instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, and goals.


Understand and use formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate performance, identify needs, provide feedback, and adjust instructional strategies.


Reflect on instructional choices and actions and foster relationships with school colleagues, parents, and the larger community. Seek opportunities to develop professionally and to strengthen language and cultural competencies.