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2023-2024 University Catalog 
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French–Education Track, BA

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About the Program

The faculty and staff of the French section of the School of Languages and Cultures at Purdue University offer a full range of undergraduate and graduate courses in language, literature, linguistics, second language acquisition, pedagogy, and film. We also have many options for study abroad programs in France, from Spring Break, to full academic year, or semester-long programs. Undergraduates may opt to major or minor in French. Graduate students pursue either a Master’s degree and/or a Ph.D. Our graduate students receive teaching assistantships. We are a vibrant, international team with diverse research, teaching, and social interests.

Please visit French for more information.

The Teaching Track prepares students to teach French in grades 5-12. Students will take courses in the School of Languages and Cultures and in the College of Education, will do student teaching in a local school, and upon successful completion of the degree program, will receive the teaching licensure required to teach in Indiana public schools.

This program meets state and national licensure standards and is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the State of Indiana, State Board of Education. Admission to and successful completion of the Teacher Education Program (TEP) are required.

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Liberal Arts Curriculum

Each liberal arts major is designed as a four-year plan of study and includes three types of courses: Major, Core, and Elective. Most students take five courses per semester, with some of each type.

Professional academic advisors meet individually with each of our students on a regular basis to help with course selection, academic planning, and career development, as well as to help students find additional resources on campus.

Departmental/Program Major Course Requirements

Pre-Requisite Courses

Before undertaking the major, students must establish proficiency equivalent to French Level IV. Proficiency may be established by taking and passing FR 20200, by exam, or by other evidence acceptable to the School of Languages & Cultures. If courses are taken for credit, the credits will be applied to Electives.

French Major

Area A - French Languages Courses (6 credits)

Area B - French Literature Course (3 credits)

Education Track (21 credits)

Teaching World Languages Concentration–Professional Education Requirements (47 credits)

All Professional Education courses, including Learner (Specialty) Pathway Concentration courses, are calculated into the Professional Educaiton GPA (“B” average with no grade lower than a “C”).

Learner Specialty Pathway Course (3 credits)

​​​​​​​Choose one course from one of the learner pathway areas below. Students can elect to take additional coursework to complete a full concentration if they choose, but is not required. See the links for concentration requirements.

If you desire additional information regarding the Learner Pathway Concentrations, please reach out ot your academic advisor or visit the Learner Specialty Concentrations tab found here.

Other Departmental (12 credits)

Core III: Linguistic Diversity (0 credits)

Proficiency through Level IV in one world language. Courses may be required to reach Level IV proficiency; these courses will be counted toward electives. (fulfills Humanities for core)

Foundational Requirements (12 credits)

Students must complete approved coursework that meet the following foundational outcomes.

  • Humanities - FR 30100. (fulfills Humanities for core)
  • Behavioral/Social Science - EDCI 28500 or EDPS 23500. (fulfills Behavioral/Social Science for core)
  • Information Literacy - EDCI 27000. (fulfills Information Literacy for core)
  • Science #1 - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Science for core)
  • Science #2 - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Science for core)
  • Science, Technology, and Society - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Science, Technology, Society for core)
  • Written Communication - EDCI 20500. (fulfills Written Communication for core)
  • Oral Communication - EDCI 49800. (fulfills Oral Communication for core)
  • Quantitative Reasoning - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Quantitative Reasoning for core)


  • Double counting of courses is allowed across the various categories.
  • All accredited programs whose accreditation is threatened by CLA Core requirement, both professional BAs and BFAs, are exempt from Liberal Arts Core I & II in order to meet accreditation standards and requirements. Liberal Arts Core III: Linguistic Diversity is still required for such programs.
  • “Degree +” students (students with a second major outside of Liberal Arts) are exempt from the CLA Core.

Electives (31 credits)

Grade Requirements

  • Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each course used for the major.

GPA Requirements

  • All Professional Education courses, including Learner (Specialty) Pathway Concentration courses, are calculated into the Professional Educaiton GPA (“B” average with no grade lower than a “C”).
  • A minimum GPA of B- (2.67/4.0) in the major is also required for the student to graduate with a French major.
  • 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • 2.5 Overall GPA is required for the Teacher Education Program and Indiana Licensure.
  • 2.67 Content GPA, as calculated by the Office of Teacher Education and Licesure, is required for the Teacher Education Program and Indiana Licensure.
  • 3.0 Professional Education GPA is required for the Teacher Education Program and Indiana Licensure.

Course/Credit Notes & Requirements

  • Area E: Twelve hours chosen by the student from French courses at the 30000 level or above
  • Area E: At least 6 hours MUST be at the 40000-level or above.
  • Courses listed in Areas C & D which were not used may count among the requirements in E.

World Languages Teaching Oral Proficiency Requirement

World Languages Education students must pass the Oral Proficiency Interview test for their language prior to degree completion.

Score requirements:

  • Chinese: Intermediate-High
  • French: Advanced-Low
  • German: Advanced-Low
  • Japanese: Intermediate-High
  • Latin: Exempt
  • Spanish: Advanced-Low

Information regarding the test can be found here.

College of Liberal Arts Pass/No Pass Option Policy

  • P/NP cannot be used to satisfy Liberal Arts Core, Liberal Arts major, minor, or certificate requirements.

University Requirements

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC) 

Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry. For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course).

Upper Level Requirement

  • Resident study at Purdue University for at least two semesters and the enrollment in and completion of at least 32 semester hours of coursework required and approved for the completion of the degree. These courses are expected to be at least junior-level (30000+) courses.
  • Students should be able to fulfill most, if not all, of these credits within their major requirements; there should be a clear pathway for students to complete any credits not completed within their major.

Additional Information

  • ​​​​​​​Indiana Licensure information.
  • Liberal Arts offers a streamlined plan of study for students pursuing a second degree outside CLA. Contact the CLA Advising Office for more information.

Sample 4-Year Plan

15 Credits

Spring 1st Year

15 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

15 Credits

18 Credits

12 Credits

World Language Courses

World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor. (ASL-American Sign Language; ARAB-Arabic; CHNS-Chinese; FR-French; GER-German; GREK-Greek(Ancient); HEBR-Hebrew(Biblical); HEBR-Hebrew(Modern); ITAL-Italian; JPNS-Japenese; KOR-Korean; LATN-Latin; PTGS=Portuguese; RUSS-Russian; SPAN-Spanish)

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.

Prerequisite Information

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

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