Our award-winning and nationally accredited French Teacher Education major prepares graduates for K-12 teaching while offering a dynamic interdisciplinary lens for exploring the diverse cultural productions of the Francophone world: language, literature, the arts, politics, philosophy, and other fields of human inquiry and creative expression. Our students engage closely with faculty in small seminars and regularly study abroad for a year, semester, or summer in Angers or Grenoble (France), or Québec (Canada).
Regularly offered co-curricular activities including Pi Delta Phi (the French Honor Society), conversation tables, guest lectures, service learning, and a film series offer opportunities to hone your French outside the classroom.
Graduates in French Teacher Education demonstrate ACTFL-rated Advanced-Low language or higher proficiency and intercultural competencies, as well as the knowledge and experience necessary to become an effective educator.
French Teacher Education majors acquire skill sets that prepare them for K-12 classroom teaching. Upon successful completion of their degree, graduates are certified to teach K-12 French in Illinois, as well as 32 states with reciprocity agreements. Career outlook for graduates remains promising. In fact, school principals around the state regularly contact our department in search of qualified job candidates.
The French Teacher Education program at Illinois State University prepares candidates to be highly qualified teachers and to be able to use their linguistic and intercultural competencies in any job that they may have.
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages recognized the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures’ teacher education program in its inaugural Global Engagement Initiative, which honors programs that actively engaged students in using the language beyond the classroom.