BS in Modern Foreign Language Education

The undergraduate program in Modern Foreign Language Education prepares teachers of Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish for certification at the 5–12 grade level. The program has been designed to reflect current theory and practice in foreign language teaching and learning, reflecting research-based practices and guidelines established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

All students entering as freshmen in Fall 2018 and after will pursue coursework in the BU Hub, a general education program that is integrated into the entire undergraduate experience. BU Hub requirements can be satisfied through coursework in and beyond the major and, in some cases, through co-curricular activities. Students majoring in Modern Foreign Language Education will ordinarily, through coursework taken in the Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, satisfy BU Hub requirements in Diversity, Civic Engagement, and Global Citizenship and Communication, as well as some elements of the Intellectual Toolkit. Additional requirements may be satisfied through required Arts & Sciences coursework, and it is important that students keep Hub requirements in mind when selecting these courses. Remaining BU Hub requirements will be satisfied by selecting from a wide range of available courses outside the major or, in some cases, co-curricular experiences.

Boston University students specializing in Modern Foreign Language Education engage in a comprehensive course of study that includes a strong base in the arts and sciences, with coursework in the humanities, social sciences, and math and science, as well as in education, in general, and in Modern Foreign Language. Fieldwork in area schools with students is threaded throughout the students’ course study.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of study abroad opportunities through the Boston University Study Abroad programs, and may also consider a dual major with the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) for their language.

The program of study for each student is carefully designed to enable students to meet both the BU Hub capacities and the requirements that enable Boston University to recommend students to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for teaching licenses as Teachers of Arabic, French, Chinese, or Spanish (Grades 5–12). Fulfillment of licensure requirements in the program can lead to licensure in states with which the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has reciprocity.

Modern Foreign Language Education (129 cr)

BU Hub Requirements or Electives Outside the Major (40 cr)

One CAS course in Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish literature numbered 350 or above may be used here.

Subject Requirements by Language

Professional Studies Requirements (45 cr)

  • SED ED 110 Introduction to Education (4 cr)
  • SED ED 111 Educational Technology (1 cr)
  • SED SE 251 Special Education and Adolescents (2 cr)
  • SED DS 502 Introduction to Adolescent Development (2 cr)
  • SED CT 534 Classroom Management (2 cr)
  • SED CT 375 Pre-Practicum in Secondary Schools (2 cr)
  • SED LS 565 Applied Linguistics: Language & Linguistics Survey (4 cr)
    *students planning to complete a dual major with CAS may replace this course with CAS LX 250
  • SED LS 658 Second Language Acquisition (4 cr)
  • SED ED 410 Social Context of Education (2 cr)
  • SED ED 412 Civil Context of Education (2 cr)
  • SED TL 511 Methods of Teaching Modern Foreign Languages (4 cr)
  • SED BI 504 Seminar: The Student Teaching Experience (2 cr)
  • SED TL 586 Practicum I MFL 5–12 (4 cr)
  • SED TL 587 Practicum II MFL 5–12 (2 cr)
  • SED TL 525 Teaching English Language Learners: Middle/High School (4 cr)
  • SED elective (approved by advisor) (4 cr)