Undergraduate 2019-2020

Foreign Languages B.A. – K-12 French Teaching Emphasis - Licensure: World Languages (grades K-12)

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Candelaria 0190

Telephone: 970.351.2221

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of four parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits
  4. Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) Credits

Program Description:

By applying critical thinking skills at all levels of language learning, foreign language students develop familiarity with contemporary global issues, knowledge of civilization and culture, and a competence for reading and interpreting in their chosen language of study. The study of foreign languages helps students develop functional proficiency in the language, cultural competence, and an understanding of content in other disciplines through the language. Further, this study provides insight into students' own language and culture, and facilitates the use of linguistic and cultural knowledge beyond the classroom. Foreign language majors may further their studies by pursuing a graduate program in their discipline. They may also choose to combine their language studies with a study of education, business, political science, international studies, history, and fine arts, to mention a few. Graduates work in careers in international relations, law, education, public policy, social services, health professions, business, publishing, and the arts. Faculty encourage and assist students in arranging foreign study opportunities. Participation in study abroad programs reinforces and strengthens language acquisition, and heightens cultural awareness and appreciation. The program's extracurricular activities encourage cultural consciousness and communication skills while developing leadership, organizational, and promotional abilities. Participation is optional. Activities include regularly scheduled conversation credits, language immersion weekends, World Language Day, and Foreign Language Clubs.

Completion of the French or German teaching major prepares the student for State of Colorado Licensure to teach in the elementary and secondary schools.

Program Admission Requirements:

  • All work to be counted toward the degree must be beyond the first year level.
  • Advising and advisor's signature are required each semester before registration.

Program Requirements:

  • Unless otherwise noted, all courses with the FR prefix are conducted in French.
  • Students must demonstrate competency in certain areas of language activity: oral and written proficiency in foreign language, ability to apply one's knowledge of the culture to appropriate situations in a foreign language environment. Consult program advisor.
  • To graduate with a Foreign Language degree, students must have a 2.5 grade point average in those courses that count toward the major and that were taken at UNC.
  • In accordance with University Policies, coursework earned more than 10 years prior to the date of matriculation to UNC may not be used to satisfy any major or minor requirements.  Any exception to this policy is at the discretion of the academic program. 

PTEP Program Requirements:

Teacher candidates who complete an approved content degree and the UNC professional teacher education program, as well as pass the appropriate Colorado Department of Education designated PRAXIS exam (if applicable), will be eligible for recommendation from UNC for a Colorado Department of Education teaching license.

If you are seeking licensure in your program area, the following items are required to complete your program.

  • Completion of Application for Initial Admission to PTEP

  • Completion of Full Admission to PTEP

  • Completion of Application for Student Teaching

  • Completion of content specific PRAXIS test prior to Student Teaching

  • Candidates may not take extra courses with Student Teaching without prior approval from the Program Coordinator and the STE Director.

  • All PTEP Field Experiences and methods courses need to be successfully completed prior to Student Teaching.

  • Student Teaching outside the supervision of UNC Faculty may or may not be approved.

  • Teacher Candidates will not be placed in a school where they were once students or where they have a close relative attending and/or working.

  • Teacher education and educator preparation licensure programs do not accept Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) or field based courses that are more than ten years old. PLEASE NOTE: Teacher Candidates have the right to petition this policy at the discretion of the program coordinator.

Please work with your content advisor to determine when these requirements will be completed throughout your program.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC— 6 credits

LAC area 3.d. — World Languages

FR 201Intermediate French I


FR 202Intermediate French II


Remaining LAC — 34 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

2. Required Major — 30 credits

Take all of the following courses:

FR 301France & Francophonie I


FR 302France & Francophonie II


FR 311French Civilization and Literature Survey I


FR 312French Civilization and Literature Survey II


FR 407French Phonetics and Oral Proficiency


FR 422Directed Studies

1- 4

FR 422: Take 3 credits.

Choose two of the following courses:

FR 411France Then and Now


FR 412French Politics and Society


FR 413The Francophone World


FR 414Language and Society


Choose two offerings from the two repeatable, variable-topic courses

FR 450Readings in French Literature


FR 475Research Seminar: French Texts and Contexts


3. University-Wide Credits — 12 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 12 credits.

4. Required PTEP — 38 credits

Phase I (5 credits taken concurrently)

EDFE 170Introduction to Field Based Experience

1- 3

EDF 366Conceptions of Schooling: Context and Process


EDFE 170: Take 2 credits.

Phase II (8 credits taken concurrently)

EDFE 270Field Based Experience


EDSE 360Adaptation, Modification, and Integration of Curriculum for the Secondary Exceptional Learner


PSY 347Educational Psychology for Elementary Teachers



PSY 349Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers


Phase III (11 credits taken concurrently)

EDFE 370Advanced Field Based Experience

1- 3

EDRD 340Academic Language/Literacy Development in the Content Areas at the Secondary Level


FL 441Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages in K-12


TESL 350Second Language Acquisition


EDFE 370: Take 2 credits.

EDRD 340: May be taken outside of Phase III.

Phase IV (14 credits).

EDFE 444Supervised Student Teaching


A 2.5 grade point average is required before students may seek approval for full admission to the Secondary Professional Teacher Education Program and to be recommended for teacher licensure.

In order to obtain approval for a student teaching assignment, a French teaching major must have obtained a grade of (3.0) or better in FL 441 and have successfully passed the ACTFL OPI oral proficiency exam. (Consult advisor).

Teaching skills are developed through advising and consultation with program faculty, through FL 441 and FR 422, and through the courses in the Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP).

In order to be recommended for teacher licensure, a 2.5 grade point average is required at the completion of the program in those courses that count toward the major and that were taken at UNC.