Romance and Classical Studies
Graduate French Studies: M. A. T.
The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
If you are a certified teacher with at least one year’s teaching experience, the M.A.T. is an option for you.
M.A. candidates who do not have licensure or experience teaching in a K-12 environment do have other degree options that can follow the M.A. in French program. The School of Education now offers a one-year "Post-Baccalaureate in Teacher Education, "which is designed to provide the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for teaching in school settings. Upon completion of the program, candidates may apply for an Ohio Teaching License. Please contact the "School of Teaching and Learning" in the School of Education for further information (http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/edhd/directory/index.html#School of Teaching and Learning)
The program of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) also offers a teaching certificate. Please contact Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
To quote the Graduate Catalog (pp. 49–50):
"The M.A.T. degree is for individuals planning to continue a teaching career. The program is available only to individuals who hold a valid teaching certificate. The M.A.T. is designed to meet the needs of classroom teachers who:
Applicants to the M.A.T. degree program must have had at least one year’s teaching experience and must hold a valid teaching certificate from the state in which they are teaching
The M.A.T. degree requires candidates to:
You can earn the M.A.T. on the same schedule as our M.A. students: 1st year abroad, 2nd year on campus (see Graduate Studies: MA & MAT Overview). Alternatively, if you are a working teacher you can take courses leading to the M.A.T. on a "teacher friendly" schedule (see Graduate Studies: Part-time Studies).
In either case the M.A.T. combines course work in professional education and in French, for a total of 35 semester hours, as follows:
- Professional education: 6-12 semester hours. EDFI 6770: Contemporary Theory and Research in Classroom Learning is required, as well as either EDTL 5290: Teaching Foreign Language Skills, K-12 or FREN 6010: Second Language Teaching Methods. Additional recommended courses: EDTL 6530, Qualitative Approaches to Classroom Inquiry, EDTL 6110: The Curriculum, or EDTL 7100: Curriculum and Instructional Design. Nota bene: This list is subject to modification depending on changes in education curricula and courses. In addition, substitutions may be approved.
- French: 23-30 semester hours at the graduate level, most of which can be earned abroad and the remainder of which (at least 3) will be earned on campus. The “final capstone experience” mentioned in the Graduate Catalog (see above, last bulleted item in quote) is either the Final Project (Plan II), for which students enroll in FREN 6980 on campus, or the thesis (Plan I), for which students enroll in FREN 6990 on campus. (FREN 6320, required for the M.A., is not required for the M.A.T.)
Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree, a major in French, and a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants with a minor in French will be considered if they have spent sufficient time in a French-speaking country. Apply to the Graduate College as well as to the French program.
For application materials or more information:
Department of Romance and Classical Studies
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403