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2023-2024 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

French, B.A. Secondary Education Concentration

Advisement for the major is available from the Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies  Department

French, B.A. Secondary Education Concentration Curriculum Guide  (Suggested 4-Year Plan of Study)

The language major may be combined with study in other areas to enhance career opportunities. The department will advise students in planning an academic program to meet individual interests and career objectives.

  • Earn 3 academic credits via a department-approved study abroad program. Questions regarding the fulfillment of this requirement should be directed to your advisor or department chair.
  • Complete 10 courses (3 or 4 credit each) distributed as follows.

  • All major courses must be completed with a C or better.

  • Transfer students must complete a minimum of 6 French major courses at SU with a C or better.

  • A maximum of 4 courses taken abroad (including Salisbury Abroad programs and Global Seminars) may be applied toward the major.

Placement Exams and Credits

The Department of Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies offers language placement evaluations (CAPE) in French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Italian and Russian. All students who have not previously taken any language courses at SU and want to enroll in one are asked to take the departmental placement test in the language chosen to assist in determining proper initial placement level. 

A departmental credit buy-back program via the placement test is available in French, German and Spanish. Students who are placed at a level higher than 101 in the chosen language by the CAPE may purchase up to 12 course credits below their placement level in that language after they have completed the course in which they were placed with a grade of C or better. Credits may be purchased at the current rate posted by the cashier’s office. More information is provided here on the departmental web page.

Any student officially enrolled at Salisbury University may also be granted credits through the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or CLEP exam.

Challenge Exams

Any student officially enrolled at Salisbury University may purchase credits through a challenge exam. Credits may not be purchased through a challenge exam for a course below the student’s established level of proficiency. Conversation courses are not available for challenge exam credit.


This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.

University Undergraduate Major Policies

  • Refer to the program page for this major and the Courses  section of this catalog for approved prerequisites and General Education courses.
  • Requirements may not equal 120 credit hours. Students must register for additional electives to complete 120 credits required for graduation.
  • All graduates must have a minimum of 30 credits of 300/400-level courses with C grade or above; at least 15 of those credits must be taken at SU.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for graduation.
  • Students must complete at least 30 credit hours by direct classroom instruction and/or laboratory experience.
  • Students must take 30 of the last 37 credit hours at SU.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to satisfy graduation requirements. Please refer to the program page of this catalog for detailed major requirements.
  • Students must apply online for graduation by November 15 for May and by May 15 for December.

General Education Requirements

Please Note: Check Major Requirements section below for a list of General Education requirements that are fulfilled by the major.

Group I: English Composition and Literature (2 Courses)

A. C or Better in One of the Following

B. Select One Course From:

Literature course (from either ENGL or MDFL Depts.) 4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

Group II: History (2 Courses)

A. Select One Course From:

B. Select One Course From:

Group III: Humanities and Social Sciences (3 Courses)

A. Select One Course from One of the Following 7 Areas:

B. Select One Course from One of the Following 10 Areas:

C. Select One Course from Either Group IIIA or IIIB (Course must be from a different area than previously selected)

Group IV: Natural Science, Math and Computer Science (4 courses)

A. Select Courses with Laboratories from at Least Two of the Following Four Areas:

BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or Physical GEOG, PHYS 4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

  • Course:

B. Select One Course (Need Not be a Lab) from One of the Following Areas:

C. Select One Course From:

MATH 3-4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

Group V: Health Fitness (1 Course)

Major Requirements

General Education Requirements Fulfilled by Major

IB (Literature), IIIA (Humanities), IIIB (Social Science)

Department-Approved Study Abroad

  • Complete department-approved study abroad program with a C or better 3-4 Hour(s) Credit

Education Requirements

* Course must be completed with grades of C or better.

Pre-Professional Education Requirements

Competency Tests

Show satisfactory results on Praxis Core, SAT or ACT examinations as defined by the Maryland State Department of Education (see education advisor regarding passing scores). OR have a minimum cumulative SU GPA of 3. 0.*

*Note: Students who enter the professional teaching program with a 3.0 GPA in lieu of basic skills test scores must also graduate with a 3.0 cumulative GPA in order to obtain their teacher certification in the State of Maryland. See education advisor for approval to take this option.

Professional Program Admission Requirements

In order to enroll in professional education program courses, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete an application for formal admission to the Professional Program. Obtain written approval of the application from both content and education advisors.
  • Complete a minimum of 56 college credits with a minimum of 2.50 GPA, including transfer credits.
  • Have a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.75 in the major, including transfer credits.
  • Complete all pre-professional requirements.
  • Complete four courses in the major field.

Professional Education Requirements


To be eligible for internship, all students enrolled in a secondary or K-12 program must complete the appropriate methods courses for the content major and the following courses in education with grades of C or better:

Internship and Seminar - 14 Hours

Student interns will be assigned to a Professional Development School (PDS) for their internship experience. This internship will consist of a minimum of 100 days. In order to meet the 100-day requirement, interns are required to follow the calendar of the school district in which the PDS is located. Interns are responsible for their own transportation to the PDS site.

Candidates must meet the following requirements for internship:

  • Complete the written application for internship.
  • Complete a minimum of 90 credits including methods and at least 8 courses of the academic major.
  • Have an overall GPA of at least 2.50 including transfer credit.
  • Have a minimum GPA of at least 2.75 in the academic major courses, including transfer credit, as defined by the academic department.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in professional education courses with no grade below C. Students may repeat education courses only once.
  • Obtain verification of completion of requirements from the coordinator of clinical practice.

* Students are required to follow the University calendar with respect to attendance in SCED 433 .

Graduation Requirement

Official scores on all certification examinations required by the State of Maryland must be sent from the testing company to Salisbury University as a requirement for graduation. Scores on the edTPA must be among those sent to the University before graduation. French secondary students must take the Maryland Praxis content tests or the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview(OPI) and the Writing Proficiency Test (WTP) in French. See education advisor regarding appropriate tests.

State Tests (Must Be Taken Before Graduation)

edTPA (date):

Praxis II (Maryland Scores)

  • Content Knowledge (date):
  • Productive Language Skills (date):


OPI (date):
WPT (date):