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Foreign Language Education (1-6 Extension; 7-12), M.S.Ed

About the Program

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Accredited

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

This program is designed primarily to accommodate the needs of initially licensed 7-12 French or Spanish teachers for professional licensure in the teaching of foreign languages and extension of the certificate to the 1-6 level. Because the M.S.Ed. in Foreign Language Education Program is intended to accommodate full-time, practicing teachers, it is expected that most will be enrolled as part-time students.

Students must complete 30 graduate-level credit hours, observing the guidelines and policies that govern graduate-level study at Buffalo State College. Students are expected to maintain a 3.00 GPA (out of 4.00) and to complete the program within a period of 3-5 years.

Students will take a set number of required and elective courses of study within four areas, as follows:

foreign language, literature, and culture (12 credits);

  • advanced foreign language teaching and learning (9 credits);

  • computer-assisted instruction (3 credits), and

  • educational research (6 credits).
  • Before completing 15 credit hours toward program requirements at Buffalo State College, students are expected to present to their adviser a research topic based on a clinical question that is relevant to their own classroom teaching experiences. The program culminates with a 3-credit thesis or project based on the research area they have selected.

    All applicants for Professional Certification in New York State must show evidence of completing the required seminar in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training).

    About the Modern and Classical Languages Department

    B234 Buckham Hall
    1300 Elmwood Ave
    Buffalo, NY 14222
    Phone: (716) 878-5414
    Fax: (716) 878-6730
    http://languages.buffalostate.edu/

    Admission Requirements

    1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall, and 3.0 (4.0 scale) in a major in French or Spanish language, literature, and culture (or a related discipline with a minimum of 36 credit hours in French or Spanish), or a minimum combined quantitative/verbal score of 290 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The department may grant conditional admission to the program, if the minimum requirements are not met. Any additional work requirements or waivers of general prerequisites for admission shall be set by the department at the time of acceptance.

    2. A current resume.

    3. Two letters of reference, attesting to the applicant’s language competence and readiness for this program. These letters should be on department forms that may be downloaded at Program Requirements

    Foreign Language, Literature, and Culture (12 credit hours)
    Select one track from the following: 12

    French Track
    FRE 610 THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT
    FRE 620 GEORGE SAND SEMINAR
    FRE 630 FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE POPULAR NOVELS SINCE THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
    FRE 640 EXPERIMENTAL LITERATURE OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

    Spanish Track
    SPA 606 CONTEMPORARY CIVILIZATION AND CULTURES OF SPAIN
    SPA 609 CIVILIZATIONS AND CULTURES OF LATIN AMERICA
    SPA 617 DON QUIXOTE
    SPA 631 CINEMA OF SPAIN

    More graduate-level courses in French or Spanish language, literature, and culture are in development in the MCL Department. Also applicable are graduate-level courses in French or Spanish literature and/or culture approved by the MCL Department and taken in study abroad programs such as those offered through Middlebury College, as well as campus-networked, structured immersion programs such as Trois Pistoles (Canada) and the program in Salamanca, Spain.

    Advanced Foreign Language Teaching and Learning (9 credit hours)
    Select 9 credit hours from the following: 9
    FLE 500 TEACHING A SECOND LANGUAGE IN MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS 1
    FLE 520 TEACHING A SECOND LANGUAGE AT THE ELEMENTARY LEVEL 2
    FLE 540 SECOND-LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
    FLE 680 SEMINAR: SPECIAL TOPICS IN RESEARCH ON FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNING

    Computer-Assisted Instruction (3 credit hours)
    Select one from the following: 3
    FLE 600 INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY INTO THE SECOND-LANGUAGE CLASSROOM
    FLE 601 ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE LINGUISTICS
    EDT 672 CREATING AND INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM

    Educational Research and Clinical Master's Project or Master's Thesis (6 credit hours)

    Select one from the following: 6

    SPF 689 METHODS AND TECHNIQUES OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
    & FLE 690 and MASTER'S PROJECT (6)
    FLE 695

    Total Credit Hours 30

    1 Required for candidates who have not taken FLE 405 and FLE 406, or equivalent methods coursework.
    2 Required for the degree.

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