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French Studies for Teachers

Capstone Certificate of French Studies for Teachers

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The Capstone Certificate of French Studies for Teachers is a 9-credit program designed to enhance the careers of working French teachers.


Is this program right for you?

If you’re a working French teacher looking for a post-baccalaureate credential or planning further graduate studies in French, the Capstone Certificate of French Studies for Teachers is a good choice for you.

Enhance your cultural and linguistic proficiency and refresh your pedagogical skills through high-quality French-language coursework. In-person classes are offered primarily during the summer to accommodate your teaching schedule.

Students enrolled in the capstone certificate complete three courses from an array of core master’s-level courses in the Professional French Master’s Program (PFMP), alongside both other teachers and professionals preparing to use their French in international business, international education, international development and the arts. All completed certificate coursework may also be used toward the Master of French Studies degree, through the Professional French Master’s Program.

Is this program right for you?

If you’re a working French teacher looking for a post-baccalaureate credential or planning further graduate studies in French, the Capstone Certificate of French Studies for Teachers is a good choice for you.

Enhance your cultural and linguistic proficiency and refresh your pedagogical skills through high-quality French-language coursework. In-person classes are offered primarily during the summer to accommodate your teaching schedule.

Students enrolled in the capstone certificate complete three courses from an array of core master’s-level courses in the Professional French Master’s Program (PFMP), alongside both other teachers and professionals preparing to use their French in international business, international education, international development and the arts. All completed certificate coursework may also be used toward the Master of French Studies degree, through the Professional French Master’s Program.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Be a current French teacher at the primary or secondary level

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (explaining what attracts you to the Capstone Certificate). Statement may be written in English or French. Maximum one page.
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which should be from a source that can address the applicant’s level of French. Letters may be in either French or English.
  • Oral Interview

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Program highlights

  • The Department of French & Italian at UW–Madison is home to a vibrant community of professors, academic staff, undergraduate and graduate students, guest and visiting scholars, and friends and alumni.
  • With 28 faculty members, over 75 graduate students and a large number of undergraduates majoring in French and Italian, the department fosters a lively and engaging atmosphere for French studies.
  • The department has a residential French House adjacent to Madison’s picturesque Lake Mendota that supports a wide variety of scholarly and cultural activities, including lectures by international scholars and writers, colloquia by faculty and graduate students and regularly scheduled festivities.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is ranked #14 in top public schools byU.S. News & World Report, 2022.

How you'll learn

Students will learn face-to-face on campus in Madison alongside other French graduate program students, typically in the summer session.

Sample curriculum

Select 3-4 of the following courses:

  • Communication orale en situations professionnelles
  • Contemporary Skill Set Literature in French
  • Social Responsibility in Contemporary French-Language Professional Writing
  • Seminar: Materials and Methods of Research
  • Culture et sociétés dans le monde francophone
  • Grammaire avancée
  • Issues in Methods of Teaching French and Italian
  • Professional French Masters Program Internship

Students may also take certain online courses and opt for the internship course abroad, in a French-speaking country, for one of their courses.

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Our friendly, knowledgeable enrollment coaches are here to answer your questions. Contact an enrollment coach to:

  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
  • Verify credit transfers
  • Get help with your application
  • Determine if financial aid is available

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