M.A.T in French
Degree Requirements at the 500 level. (Taught in French, 12 cr.)
1 Course in contemporary society & culture. It is highly recommended that this course be taken in a country where French is a national or official language. It is intended to introduce the teacher to current political structures, social institutions and issues, business practices, educational systems, etc. An alternative in-residence immersion course will be offered in Maine for those who are unable to participate in such courses abroad. (Taught in French, 3 cr.)
4 Courses in film, literature, linguistics, language and/or culture
2 Courses in linguistics to become familiar with how language is structured, how it functions and carries meaning. A course in phonetics is also highly recommended to ensure the mastery of pronunciation and phonology. (Taught in French, 6 cr.)
1 Course in advanced French grammar to improve grammatical accuracy and develop authentic language use. (Taught in French, 3 cr.)
SED 500 Adapting Instruction for Students with Disabilities, required for certification. (3 cr.)
MLC 466/566 The Teaching of Foreign Languages , which reinforces principles and best practices in pedagogical strategies, (including the use of technology in the classroom), curriculum development, and assessment with an emphasis on the Maine Learning Results in World Languages and National Standards, required for certification. (3 cr.)
Graduate portfolio. The culminating project for this degree is a professional teaching portfolio illustrating the candidate’s familiarity with Maine’s ten teaching standards and readiness to teach a second language in the K-12 classroom.
Course Delivery Mode. Courses in French and education are offered in the Maine State Summer Institute for Teachers of French and Spanish and via distance education during the academic year. It is possible to complete the 30 required credits in two summers (12 credits x 2) and one academic year (6 credits). Credits from other courses offered at participating institutions may, upon approval by the graduate coordinator at UM, be counted toward the M.A.T. in French.
Admission. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree, have successfully completed 24 credit hours (or equivalent) in French, and successfully have passed the Praxis II examinations at a level qualifying them for state teaching certification. Application forms are available from the Graduate School website.