Share your love of the French language with the next generation with a bachelor's degree in teaching - French from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Graduates of the program are certified to teach French to students in pre-K through grade 12.
Rooted in experiential learning and travel, our French teaching major provides countless opportunities for you to grow as both a teacher and as a person. Courses explore a variety of topics, from grammar and pronunciation to the history of French civilization to a cross-continental study of Francophone cultures. Through a semester spent student teaching, as well as multiple opportunities to assist teachers in their classroom, you'll identify your preferred teaching style and discover how to best meet the needs of your learners.
An exciting and key component of this program is that all French teaching majors are required to participate in an international language immersion experience. Ranging from six weeks to a semester abroad, you'll immerse yourself in a country where French is spoken, gaining a deeper cultural awareness and a better understanding of the French language.
Upon completion of the program, you'll quickly find you've earned so much more than a degree. You'll go on to use your skills, experience and passions to inspire, motivate and educate others, making a positive impact wherever you go.
Through the generosity of alumni and other partners, UW-Eau Claire is able to offer many different scholarships to both new and current Blugolds. Many incoming students are automatically awarded scholarships for having outstanding academic achievements. There also are additional scholarships reserved for students seeking a French degree. For example, the Vernon J. Gingerich Foreign Language Scholarship awards $900 to a student who is majoring in French and wishes to study abroad in a native French-speaking environment.
Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your French teaching degree.
Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.
Teaching - French program details
- Program length: four years
- Offered: in person
- Campus: Eau Claire
- This major requires a minor or certificate.
- This program is also available as a minor.
- Le Salon Francais (French Club)
- Aspiring Educators
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- The licensure information assumes that a student has obtained a Wisconsin Teaching License PRIOR to applying for a teaching license in another state.
- "Meets requirements" means that a student is eligible for a license with stipulations, typically for 1-3 years, in that state. The stipulations are likely to be specific testing requirements and/or competency through a course or examination of the history, culture and/or constitution of the specific state. In some instances, additional stipulations might be added.
- State licensure requirements may change at any time. While the listing will be updated annually, a student must be aware that any particular state could move from Does Not Meet to Meets to Undetermined and back again over the course of a degree program.
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The requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Wisconsin, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Wyoming, District of Columbia
The requirements of this program do not meet licensure in the following states: Delaware, New Jersey, New York
It has not been determined whether the requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
Real-world preparation. Professional development and career preparation are key focuses of the program. Time spent studying abroad, as well as multiple opportunities to observe and aid teachers, will enhance your understanding of the French language and help you to confidently teach French. A semester spent student teaching provides real-world learning opportunities and a chance to make valuable connections in the field.
State-of-the-art technology. Outside-the-classroom learning opportunities at UWEC are endless. For example, our language lab and the Roma Hoff Instructional Resource Center are filled with sound and video programs, films, games and computer software to help you apply what you've learned in class.
Study abroad opportunities. Explore how different societies educate their youth and gain new ideas about how teachers reach their students by studying abroad or participating in a cultural immersion program. From Tucson, Arizona, to Pau, France, these opportunities lead to improved language proficiency, new ways of thinking and enhanced cultural competency. Take it from our grads — developing teaching techniques in another country is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won't want to miss!
Connection to local employers. To help you explore career opportunities and make valuable connections, we host an annual Education Job Fair, an on-campus career fair specific for those looking to enter the field of education. This event is an excellent opportunity to make connections and submit your resume for current and future job openings.
Outstanding faculty. At UW-Eau Claire, our talented faculty make it a priority to create an impactful learning environment where you come first. Professors have abundant experience in the subjects they teach. Here, you are not just a number — you will get to work closely with faculty, learn how to lead a successful classroom and create meaningful, lasting connections with others who are just as passionate about French as you are.
UW-Eau Claire is known for producing top-notch teachers — and after graduation, you'll be one of them. Upon completion of the French teaching program, you’ll earn the licensure necessary to teach French in elementary, middle and high school (Pre-K-12) classrooms. You'll also join our long and proud history of Blugold alumni who go on to change lives — sharing their love of language and passion for education along the way.
Where are French teaching alumni now?
- French teacher, Fond Du Lac School District
- High school teacher, Williams Bay School System
- English and French teacher, Hastings High School
- Special education teacher, Menomonie Middle School
I hope to be a catalyst for global connections that not only make others curious about the rest of the world but also make them consider changes that can improve their own country. I’m always searching for ways to make an impact, something that future generations can remember me by. I think this is one area in which I can start a ripple effect that reaches the other side of the globe.
Curriculum within the teaching - French program will help you to master speaking, writing and communicating in French. You'll also explore the many factors that affect the school performance of second-language learners, giving you better insight into teaching techniques and how to best reach your students. A wide variety of electives, including directed studies and independent study classes, allow you to personalize your studies and explore the topics that most interest you.
Classes for teaching - French majors may include:
- Advanced Grammar in Context
- Second Language Acquisition Theory
- Written and Oral Expression
- Professional Communication
- Contemporary French Civilization
- Environmental and Linguistic Diversity
- Francophone Literature
Learn more about the teaching - French major in the UWEC course catalog.
Learn more about the teaching - French (MC-EA) minor in the UWEC catalog.
Learn more about the teaching - French (EA-A) minor in the UWEC catalog.
Learn more about the teaching - French (EC-A) minor in the UWEC catalog.
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