French Adolescence Inclusive Generalist Education Major

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This dual certification major is designed to prepare students for initial certification in both French and Student with Disabilities (SWD)-Generalist in grades 7 to 12, with extension to teach French in grades 5 and 6. Students who plan their schedules carefully and take courses that count for general education as well as the major or teacher certification requirements may be able to also pursue a minor or participate in a study abroad program in a French-speaking country. Students may have the opportunity to student teach in Alaska or abroad.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare a major in French but there are more specific requirements for admission to the teacher certification program:

Program Eligibility

Students should meet SUNY approved entrance requirements for admission to teacher preparation programs.

First Year Students Criteria

  • High School GPA of a B or better or
  • High School Rank in top 30% or
  • SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing+Math) > 1140 or ACT > 24 or Brockport GPA > 3.0 based on at least 12 credits

Transfer Students Criteria

  • High School GPA of a B or better or
  • High School Rank in top 30% or
  • SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing+Math) > 1140 or ACT > 24 or
  • Transfer GPA > 3.0 based on at least 12 credits or
  • Brockport GPA > 3.0 based on at least 12 credits

Program Requirements

Students intending to prepare for certification as Adolescence French Inclusive Generalist Education teachers must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better.

*Denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements. Transfer students should consult with their advisor regarding appropriate course credit if they took upper-division French courses at another institution.

Prerequisites (3–6 credits depending on placement)

  • FRN 111 Beginning French I*
  • FRN 112 Beginning French II*

Required Courses (27 credits)

  • FRN 211 Intermediate French I*
  • FRN 212 Intermediate French II*
  • FRN 350 Conversing with French Cinema*
  • FRN 351 Compose Yourself: Writing in French
  • FRN 352 French Culture and Civilization in Four Senses
  • FRN 355 Couscous, Coca-Cola, and Camembert: France Today
  • FRN 404 Advanced French Grammar and Conversation
  • FRN 456 Francophone Literatures and Cultures
  • FRN 458 Romanticism to Existentialism: French Literary Movements

Elective Courses (9 credits)

Three French courses at the 300 or 400 level. See course descriptions.

Oral Proficiency

Students must achieve the Advance Low level in the ACFLT Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) before they start their student teaching. This is a live, 15–30 minute telephone conversation in French between a certified tester and the candidate. Please visit this website for more information.

Pre-Professional Preparation

Students in the Adolescence French Inclusive Generalist Education major must also complete all teaching-related coursework as required by the New York State Department of Education and SUNY.
Pre-professional preparation: (courses with an * also meet the General Education program requirements)

  • ENG 112 English Composition (Q)* (3 credits)

Pedagogy Coursework (46 credits)


These courses can be taken before being enrolled in the major:

  • EDI 413: Methods in Special Education (3 credits)
  • EDI 430: Education and Society (3 credits)
  • EDI 459: Adolescent Development and Learning (3 credits)
  • FCE 473: Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)

Phase I

  • EDI 431: Teaching Literacy in Middle & High School Content Areas I (3 credits)
  • EDI 449: Inclusive Middle Level Teaching in Foreign Language (3 credits)
  • PRO 430: EHD Adolescence Field Experience (1 credit)

Phase II

  • EDI 331: Classroom Management(1 credit)
  • EDI 432: Teaching Literacy in Middle & High School Content Areas II (3 credits)
  • EDI 469: Methods in Teaching Foreign Language Inclusively (3 credits)
  • PRO 431: EHD Adolescence Field Experience II(1 credit)

Phase III

  • EDI 414: Methods in Special Education (3 credits)
  • PRO 432: EHD Adolescence Field Experience III(1 credit)
  • EDI 419: Assessment in Special Education (3 credits)

Student Teaching

  • EDI 475: Practicum and Seminar in Adolescence Inclusive Generalist Education (3 credits)
  • PRO 433: Practicum in Adolescence Inclusive Generalist Education (9 credits)

All EDI and PRO courses require a grade of C or higher for program continuation.

Additional Degree Requirements

Completion of all college-wide degree requirements.


College Endorsement

Students must complete this program and submit the recommendation form to be eligible for the College's recommendation for New York State certification. Students should consult the Brockport Certification Office for the full list of New York state requirements for certification.

New York State Initial Teacher Certification Exams

Prospective Adolescence Education Teacher candidates must pass the following New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) to obtain initial certification in the State of New York:

Certification exams

  • Educating All Students (EAS)
  • Content Specialty Test (CST) – French
  • edTPA

Students with Disabilities Certification Exams

  • Specialty Test (CST) – Students with Disabilities
  • Multi-subject Secondary Teachers (7-12) Exam


Students must complete the following workshops and trainings for program completion:

Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Maltreatment: Mandated Reporter Training (CAD)

School Violence Prevention and Intervention Workshop (SAVE)

Autism Workshop [included in EDI 413]

Harassment and Bullying Prevention Certification Training (DASA)


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Narrate and describe using a variety of time frames, extended discourse, and specialized vocabulary.
  2. Deliver oral presentations on a wide variety of topics, using a variety of strategies to tailor the presentation to the needs of their audience.
  3. Narrate and describe in all major time frames with good control of aspect and a range of general vocabulary in writing for personal and professional needs.
  4. Identify the main facts and many supporting details in conventional narrative and descriptive oral texts.
  5. Identify some of the essential points of argumentative texts in areas of special interest or knowledge.
  6. Explain key perspectives of some French-speaking cultures within a comparative framework and connect them to cultural products and practices.
  7. Interpret and synthesize ideas and critical issues from a wide range of historical and contemporary cultural artifacts