MEd Advanced Studies in French
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World language teachers understand the intricacies of language, how vocabulary is absorbed to lead to language competency, and the best ways to teach students and avoid the difficulties many encounter during language acquisition.
Mason’s Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) French concentration is designed to deepen your own language knowledge while you study advanced theory and pedagogy to strengthen the language learning of students in your classroom.
This 30-credit MEd includes a combination of modern language courses and targeted electives as well as the ASTL core courses.
Where This Degree Will Take You
- The broad, research-based knowledge you’ll gain will position you as a leader in language instruction.
- Grow your career with the advantages of a master’s degree, including increased pay and the opportunity to be a curriculum leader in your school.
- Aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the courses help teachers think and practice with the same level of reflection and skill as Board-certified educators (a great next step after graduating!).
Who Should Apply?
Educators holding a bachelor's degree with or without a master's degree may apply for the full master's degree program, which includes 12 credits of core education courses and 18 credits of concentration courses chosen with support from a Mason advisor. This is not an initial licensure program.
Can I Use Graduate Credits from Other Universities to Reduce my Course Load?
Possibly! University policy allows for up to 12 credits (depending on the program) that have not been previously used to complete a degree to be transferred from another accredited graduate program. Consultation with an ASTL advisor is necessary to determine if and which courses may be acceptable to a specific concentration. The literacy: K-12 reading specialist concentration does not allow for substitutions. Substitutions cannot be made for the five core courses of the ASTL program (EDUC 612, EDUC 613, EDUC 614, EDUC 606, EDUC 615). Course work that is older than six years will not be accepted, even if the courses were taken at Mason.
Core Courses (12 credits)
- EDUC 606: Education and Culture (3 credits)
- EDUC 612: Inquiry into Practice (2 credits)
- EDUC 613: How Students Learn (3 credits)
- EDUC 614: Designing and Assessing Teaching and Learning (2 credits)
- EDUC 615: Educational Change (2 credits)
Concentration Courses in French (18 credits)
Choose two courses (six credits) from the following that cover two different chronological periods or Francophone regions in consultation with an advisor:
- FREN 516: Topics in Early Modern French Literature and Culture (3 credits)
- FREN 520: Modern and Contemporary French Literature and Culture (3 credits)
- FREN 550: Special Topics (3 credits)
- FREN 551: Topics in Francophone African Literature and Culture (3 credits)
- FREN 554: Topics in Francophone Caribbean Literature and Culture (3 credits)
- FREN 555: Special Topics related to Francophone Literature and Culture (3 credits)
- FREN 557: Topics in Quebec and French-Canadian Literature and Culture (3 credits)
- FREN 567: Special Topics related to French and Francophone Literature and Culture (3 credits)
Note: Courses may be substituted with advisor-approved literature-related electives in French.
Language and Linguistics
Choose two courses (six credits) from the following in consultation with an advisor:
- FREN 563: History of the French Language (3 credits)
- FREN 564: Advanced Translation (3 credits)
- FREN 565: Special Topics Related to the French Language (3 credits)
- FREN 570: French and Francophone Cinema (3 credits)
- FREN 575: Grammatical Analysis (3 credits)
Choose two additional courses (six credits) from the aforementioned literature courses, aforementioned language and linguistics courses, or from the courses below in consultation with an advisor:
- FRLN 510: Bibliography and Research in Foreign Languages and Literature (3 credits)
- FRLN 525: Literary Translation (3 credits)
- FRLN 550: Special Topics (3 credits)
- FRLN 565: Theory of Translation (3 credits)
- FRLN 572: Integrating Technology into Language Learning (3 credits)
- FRLN 573: Basic Issues in Language Pedagogy (3 credits)
- FRLN 575: Heritage Language Education (3 credits)
- FRLN 590: Internship and Seminar in Translation (3 credits)
- FRLN 620: Literary Theory and Criticism (3 credits)
- FRLN 660: Approaches to the Study of Language (3 credits)
- FRLN 670: Topics in Language Learning and Teaching (3 credits)
Note: Courses may be substituted with advisor-approved language and literature-related electives.
Total: 30 credits
Program Exit Requirement
Professional Development Portfolio: A performance-based assessment that provides concrete evidence of teacher professional development throughout the ASTL program. Students finalize and present their portfolios in their final spring semester.
- Includes both online and on-campus course options Dependent on course selection
- On-campus courses are held in the evenings at Mason’s Fairfax campus
- Designed to be completed in approximately two years while working full time as a teacher
- New students begin classes in May, August, or January (Summer, Fall, and Spring admissions)
(classes starting in August)
(classes starting in January)
(classes starting in May, June, or July)
Priority*: April 1
Space Available: August 1
Priority*: November 1
Space Available: January 4
Priority*: February 1
Space Available: May 1
For more information and to apply, visit the admissions website.
* Priority deadline ensures consideration for the intended semester as well as financial aid options for students. Programs will continue to review applications until at capacity. Some programs do not review applications past the priority deadline.
All application materials must be submitted through Mason’s online graduate application. In addition to meeting general university admissions requirements, applicants will need to provide the requirements below. Please review the FAQ page for more information.
To be considered for graduate studies, the following items are evaluated during the admission review process:
- Graduate application and fee
- 750- to 1,000-word written statement of your goals and interest in the program
- Current resume
- Two letters of recommendation: Applicants should follow the instructions included in the online application to submit the recommendation forms directly to their recommenders. Mason does not accept paper recommendations. Recommendations should be professional or academic in nature.
- Transcripts from all previous institutions attended in the United States. Please refer to the Office of Graduate Admissions information page for specific requirements regarding uploading unofficial transcripts.
- Applicants with transcripts from institutions outside of the United States could have additional requirements. Please refer to the How To Apply page for specific requirements about submitting international transcripts, evaluations, and English language proficiency.
Admission to graduate programs at George Mason University is competitive. Applicants are evaluated on the strength of their academic backgrounds, results of standardized exams (if required by the program), work experience, and any additional evidence of potential success in the program. Faculty admissions review is a holistic review of requirements as well as the applicant’s potential academic and professional success upon completion of the program.
At a minimum all admitted students must have:
- An earned baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from official transcripts. Expectation of an earned baccalaureate prior to the first day of classes for the term for which the student is applying will also meet this requirement. See the graduate admissions policy for more information.
- A minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale in baccalaureate study. The GPA requirement may be higher for some graduate programs. The university, at its discretion, may additionally consider the difficulty of the baccalaureate degree, relevant work experience, and/or other evidence of ability to succeed in graduate study when evaluating the GPA requirement.
- International students should reference Admission of International Students for additional requirements.
|TUITION CLASSIFICATION||COST PER CREDIT|
(includes MSF*; discounted from $1,431.00)
|VA Resident and PreK-12 VA Educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program**||$589.26
|CEHD Course Fee||$25.00 - $84.00|
|Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit||$718.25 - $777.25|
|Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit||$918.25 - $977.25|
|Total cost for VA Resident and PreK-12 VA Educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program*||$614.26 - $673.26|
|Graduate New Student Fee
(non-refundable, one-time fee)
Please Note: Refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees. Internship courses will incur a higher course fee to fund on-site assistance involving intensive clinical training/supervision.
*Mandatory Student Fee (MSF): $150.25
**VA state residents who are eligible must apply for the 15% PreK-16 VA Educators Discount in order to take advantage of the lower tuition. Eligible students receive 15% off the total tuition and mandatory student fee.
For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers, and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Also, many school districts offer tuition reimbursement options. Speak to your employer for more information.
French Concentration: Academic Advisor
Dr. Rebecca Fox
ASTL Academic Advisors guide students through their program of study. After admission, reach out to your advisor to plan your program of study and plan for your first course! Stay in touch with your advisor each semester to consult on your course selection and program progress.