The French major at Gardner-Webb University involves studying Francophone languages, literature, and culture. The Professional Education minor prepares students to teach K-12.

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The Bachelor of Arts in French with preparation for K-12 teacher licensure will give you the training and field experience to effectively educate students in French as a second language.

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Your major in French will introduce you to the compelling world of Francophone languages, literature, and culture and give you the skills to share this information with students in your classroom. You will develop advanced fluency, explore the history of Francophone cultures, and delve into the literature of various periods and regions. With proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing, you’ll enjoy great opportunities for travel, fascinating career options, and higher earning potential. You will experience French language and culture in a whole new way through our study abroad programs in Canada and France. This will be the start to a career that may take you across the globe.

With the Professional Education minor, you’ll gain the knowledge and tools to become a French teacher for K-12 students. You’ll learn about current standards of foreign language instruction, learning methods for teaching and techniques for classroom success, and effective communication of foreign language knowledge in the classroom. Through field teaching assignments and coaching from an experienced French teacher, you’ll apply these skills through real-world practice.

Our alumni are pursuing graduate study and rewarding careers and making a positive impact wherever they go. They have gone on to pursue higher education at places like UNC Chapel Hill and Boston University. Many are traveling or living abroad in France, Africa, French Guyana, and one is even teaching in Korea.

In addition to the Gardner-Webb University general education program requirements, an additional 36 hours of credit is required for the Bachelor of Arts in French with Teacher Licensure degree. The major also requires the completion of a 15-week student teacher assignment during the final semester, as well as reaching a minimum level of Intermediate High on the ACTFL Proficiency exam to prove their competencies for licensure in North Carolina.

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

The Bachelor of Arts in French with Teacher Licensure requires a minor in Professional Education. The minor includes 23 credit hours. Students will not be permitted to complete more than 50 percent of the minor until formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Students must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program a minimum of one full semester prior to the semester in which they student teach.

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