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Academics: Minors


French minor

22 semester hours


French elementary/secondary education minor

22 semester hours

Note: Students intending to qualify for secondary endorsement must take IDIS 357 before student teaching.

Note: Students intending to qualify for the K-12 endorsement must take the secondary major and will spend part of the student teaching semester in an elementary setting and part in a secondary setting. They much also take both IDIS 356 and 357 before student teaching.

Certification, testing, and internships for education majors and minors

In order to qualify for the elementary or secondary teaching internship in French, all major and minor students are expected to pass, prior to the teaching internship, two tests and an oral proficiency interview:

  • The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC).
  • The Calvin departmental French competency examination prior to the teaching internship. This examination is offered twice each school year. Please contact the chair of the department for more information.
    • French education majors and minors must obtain a minimum score of 80%.
  • As of 2007-2008, French education majors are required to take an external oral proficiency interview in order to be certified. A ranking of Advanced-Low on the ACTFL Proficiency Scale constitutes the minimum required level of proficiency.
  • To be admitted to the teacher education program, a student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 in the courses required for the major and/or minor.
  • For details and for information on cost and scheduling contact the French department chairperson, Jolene Vos-Camy.
  • Additional criteria for approval for the teacher education program are found in the Teacher Education Program Guidebook.

Note: Directed teaching in French is available only during the spring semester.


What you need to know

To be eligible for the French major or minor program, a student must have completed at least two courses in French with a minimum grade of C (2.0)