Requirements for the MAFLP Degree

Single major course work consists of 30 credits, including at least 15 in the major language (French, German or Spanish) and 9 in foreign language pedagogy; the remaining 6 credits, chosen with the consent of the student’s advisor, can be in these or closely related fields. Course work for students planning to seek teacher certification as well as the degree consists of 33 credits, including 15 in the major language, 9 in Foreign Language Pedagogy, and 9 in Education. These students must also pass a teacher competency test as established by the University Council on Teacher Education and must student teach.

Course Work (Students not seeking Certification)

Single Major (30 credits):

Foreign Languages and Literatures

  • Five courses (15 credits). These credits must be earned in the classroom, not as thesis credits.

Foreign Language Pedagogy

  • Three courses (9 credits)
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  • These courses must include Theoretical and Practical Issues in Foreign Language Teaching (FLLT623), or Methods of Teaching Foreign Language (FLLT/LING 621), Language Syllabus Design (FLLT/LING 622), and Second Language Testing (FLLT/LING 624). If the student has taken identical courses at the undergraduate level, other appropriate pedagogy courses (e.g. Methods of Teaching Language in Elementary Schools [FLLT 629]) may be substituted.
  • TAs are generally required to take FLLT 623. If a student has completed course work judged equivalent to FLLT 622, 623 or 624 and can provide documentation (e.g., teaching portfolio, syllabi, teaching certificate), substitutions within the field of FL pedagogy may be accepted (for example, such courses as FLLT 629 - Methods of Teaching FLES, Ling 676 - Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism, EDUC 631 - Instructional Design of Computer-Based Education, EDUC 632 - Internet Curriculum Applications).

Major/Minor (36 credits):

Foreign Languages and Literatures

  • Five courses (15 credits) in the major language/literature
  • Three courses (9 credits) in the minor
  • One course (3 credits) may either be in the major literature or in pedagogy
  • In no instance may the student take more credits outside the department than in the department in any one semester.
  • Students wishing to pursue a minor must apply for admission to the minor. Criteria for admission are the same as those applied to all other degree candidates. Once admitted to the minor, the student must be assigned an advisor who is a member of the graduate faculty. With the advisor's approval, the student will select courses with the goal of a comprehensive program of study.

Foreign Language Pedagogy

  • Three courses (9 credits)
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  • These courses must include Theoretical and Practical Issues in Foreign Language Teaching (FLLT623), or Methods of Teaching Foreign Language (FLLT/LING 621), Language Syllabus Design (FLLT/LING 622), and Second Language Testing (FLLT/LING 624). If the student has taken identical courses at the undergraduate level, other appropriate pedagogy courses (e.g. Methods of Teaching Language in Elementary Schools [FLLT 629]) may be substituted.
  • TAs are generally required to take FLLT 623. If a student has completed course work judged equivalent to FLLT 622, 623 or 624 and can provide documentation (e.g., teaching portfolio, syllabi, teaching certificate), substitutions within the field of FL pedagogy may be accepted (for example, such courses as FLLT 629 - Methods of Teaching FLES, Ling 676 - Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism, EDUC 631 - Instructional Design of Computer-Based Education, EDUC 632 - Internet Curriculum Applications).

Double Major (42 credits):

Foreign Languages and Literatures

  • Five courses (15 credits) in the major literature I
  • Five courses (15 credits) in the major literature II
  • One course (3 credits) may either be in the major literature or in pedagogy.

Foreign Language Pedagogy

  • Three courses (9 credits)
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  • These courses must include Theoretical and Practical Issues in Foreign Language Teaching (FLLT623), or Methods of Teaching Foreign Language (FLLT/LING 621), Language Syllabus Design (FLLT/LING 622), and Second Language Testing (FLLT/LING 624). If the student has taken identical courses at the undergraduate level, other appropriate pedagogy courses (e.g. Methods of Teaching Language in Elementary Schools [FLLT 629]) may be substituted.
  • TAs are generally required to take FLLT 623. If a student has completed course work judged equivalent to FLLT 622, 623 or 624 and can provide documentation (e.g., teaching portfolio, syllabi, teaching certificate), substitutions within the field of FL pedagogy may be accepted (for example, such courses as FLLT 629 - Methods of Teaching FLES, Ling 676 - Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism, EDUC 631 - Instructional Design of Computer-Based Education, EDUC 632 - Internet Curriculum Applications).

Course Work (Students seeking Certification)

Students who wish to obtain teacher certification must take eleven 3-credit courses, for a total of 33 credits, distributed as follows:

Foreign Languages and Literatures

  • Five courses (15 credits). These credits must be earned in the classroom, not as thesis credits.

Foreign Language Pedagogy and Education

  • 9 credit hours in FL Pedagogy (three 3-credit courses) to include: 1) Principles of Foreign Language Pedagogy (FLLT623) or Methods of Teaching Foreign Language (FLLT/LING 621), 2) Language Syllabus Design (FLLT/LING 622)*, and 3) Second Language Testing (FLLT/LING 624). If the student has taken identical courses at the undergraduate level, other appropriate pedagogy courses (e.g. Methods of Teaching Foreign/Second Languages in Elementary Schools, FLLT 629) may be substituted with permission from the student’s pedagogy advisor.
  • 9 credit hours in Education (three 3-credit courses) are required: Adolescent Development and Educational Psychology (EDUC 613), Teaching Exceptional Adolescents (EDUC 614), and Diversity in Secondary Education (EDUC 619). Since not all required courses are offered every semester, careful planning is essential. See the Coordinator of Foreign Language Education for details. EDUC 613 and 619 each require a 18-hour clinical placement in a local school.
  • 9 credit hours of Student Teaching (EDUC 400) completed during a fifth semester after completing all MAFLP coursework. Applications for student teaching (available on the website of the UD Office of Clinical Studies) are submitted to the Coordinator of Foreign Language Education in February of the spring semester for all placements in the following academic year ( i.e. you would apply in February 2012 for a student teaching placement in fall 2012 or spring 2013).

  • *FLLT/LING 422 offers a practicum for undergraduate FLE majors to which MAFLP certification trackers are invited. The requirements of the practicum include a clinical placement in a high school. See the Coordinator of Foreign Language Education to discuss arrangements for such a placement.

    Note: As you complete your pedagogy course work and student teaching, you will be compiling a teaching portfolio. See required portfolio elements.

Certification

Certification is granted by individual states, not by the university. For information regarding requirements (including Praxis exams, background checks, etc.) and procedures, visit the UD Teacher Education website.

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Comprehensive Examinations

  • The comprehensive examinations in the student’s major area or areas (i.e. French, German, Spanish, or Foreign Language Pedagogy) have a written as well as an oral portion. The examinations are based on reading lists available online or from the program advisor.
  • Admission to the oral examination will be granted only to those students who have passed the written examination.
  • Students who fail one or more parts of the examination may retake examinations in those areas only once.
  • For border-line cases, a written assignment will be required by the faculty.
  • For the minor field, there is no examination, but prior advisement to assure a coherent program is necessary. Students should contact any tenured member from the faculty of the minor field.
  • Results of the comprehensive examination will be forwarded to the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee, who will notify the Graduate Office when candidates have satisfied all requirements for the MA degree.