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Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Foreign Language Education (1-6 Extension; 7-12) (M.S.Ed.)

Master of Science in Education

Program Code: MSED-AH

Major Code: FLE

HEGIS 1199

Modern and Classical Languages Department

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Mark Warford, Chair

Bishop Hall 122, (716) 878-5414


Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog.  Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

This program is designed primarily to accommodate the needs of initially licensed 7-12 French or Spanish teachers for professional licensure in the teaching of foreign languages and extension of the certificate to the 1-6 level. Because the M.S.Ed. in Foreign Language Education Program is intended to accommodate full-time, practicing teachers, it is expected that most will be enrolled as part-time students.

Students must complete 30 graduate-level credit hours, observing the guidelines and policies that govern graduate-level study at Buffalo State College. Students are expected to maintain a 3.00 GPA (out of 4.00) and to complete the program within a period of 3-5 years.

Students will take a set number of required and elective courses of study within four areas, as follows:

  • foreign language, literature, and culture (12 credits);
  • advanced foreign language teaching and learning (9 credits);
  • computer-assisted instruction (3 credits), and
  • educational research (6 credits).

Before completing 15 credit hours toward program requirements at Buffalo State College, students are expected to present to their adviser a research topic based on a clinical question that is relevant to their own classroom teaching experiences. The program culminates with a 3-credit thesis or project based on the research area they have selected.

Admission Requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall, and 3.0 (4.0 scale) in a major in French or Spanish language, literature, and culture (or a related discipline with a minimum of 36 credit hours in French or Spanish), or a minimum combined quantitative/verbal score of 290 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The department may grant conditional admission to the program, if the minimum requirements are not met. Any additional work requirements or waivers of general prerequisites for admission shall be set by the department at the time of acceptance.
  2. A current résumé.
  3. Two letters of reference, attesting to the applicant’s language competence and readiness for this program. These letters should be on department forms that may be downloaded at http://graduateschool.buffalostate.edu/supplemental-application-materials.
  4. Successful completion of a written essay demonstrating skill in English; and of a second essay, showing skill in the target language. In both essays, applicants will describe their professional skills, interests, and goals. The essays are to be written on site as part of the application process.
  5. An interview with at least two faculty members of the Modern and Classical Languages Department in the language of the applicant’s specialization. The interview will be conducted in both English and the target language. The department will contact the applicant to make an appointment for this interview, after the complete application package is received.

Program Requirements

Foreign Language, Literature, and Culture

12 cr

Select from the following:

French Track

FRE 610

The Age of Enlightenment

FRE 620

George Sand Seminar

FRE 630

French and Francophone Popular Novel since the Nineteenth Century

FRE 640

Experimental Literature of the Twentieth Century


Spanish Track

SPA 606

Contemporary Civilization and Cultures of Spain

SPA 609

Civilizations and Cultures of Latin America

SPA 617

Don Quixote

SPA 631

Cinema of Spain

[More graduate-level courses in French or Spanish language, literature, and culture are in development in the MCL Department. Also applicable are graduate-level courses in French or Spanish literature and/or culture approved by the MCL Department and taken in study abroad programs such as those offered through Middlebury College, as well as campus-networked, structured immersion programs such as Trois Pistoles (Canada) and the program in Salamanca, Spain.

Advanced Foreign Language Teaching and Learning

9 cr

Select from the following:

FLE 500

Teaching a Second Language in Middle and High Schools*

FLE 520

Teaching a Second Language at the Elementary Level**

FLE 540

Second Language Acquisition

FLE 680

Seminar: Special Topics in Research on Foreign Language Learning

Computer-Assisted Instruction

3 cr

Select from the following:

FLE 600

Integrating Technology in the Second Language Classroom

EDT 601

Instructional Technologies

EDT 672

The Microcomputer in the Instructional Program

Educational Research and Clinical Master’s Project or Master’s Thesis

6 cr

SPF 689

Methods and Techniques of Educational Research



FLE 690




FLE 695


Total required credit hours

30 cr

* Required for candidates who have not taken FLE 405 and FLE 406, or equivalent methods coursework

** Required for the degree

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ACM - Applied & Computational Mathematics

ADE - Adult Education

AED - Art Education

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BUS - Business

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CHE - Chemistry

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COM - Communication

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CTE - Career and Technical Education

DAN - Dance

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DES - Design

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EDL - Educational Leadership

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EDT - Educational Technology

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EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

GEG - Geography

GES - Geology

GLC - Great Lakes Center

HEA - Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

INT - Industrial Technology

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MET - Mechanical Engineering Technology

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

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