French Teaching Specialization

The Waterloo French Teaching Specialization (FTS) is a long-established and prestigious program of consecutive education in which students receive an Honours B.A. in French from the University of Waterloo and have the option of pursuing a B.Ed. from Nipissing University. It is a comprehensive program providing excellent academic and work experience designed to meet the need for well-educated teachers of French.

FTS has many features that distinguish it from other programs in the province, giving our graduates an edge when applying for permanent teaching positions.

  • Since FTS has the option of linking the Honours B.A. in French at Waterloo University to the B.Ed. at Nipissing University, students have guaranteed acceptance at Nipissing to complete the requirements for teacher certification in Ontario.
  • FTS is an experiential learning program. Students are required to complete 160 hours of volunteer work in schools.
  • Students in FTS receive a very thorough grounding in French language, literature, and civilization and a familiarity with the francophone way of life. 

Upon graduation at Nipissing, students are fully qualified to teach at the Junior/Intermediate (Grades 4 to 10) or the Intermediate/Senior (Grades 7 to 12) levels. Students may also qualify to teach at the Primary/Junior level (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6) by taking additional education courses at Nipissing's Faculty of Education, following the completion of the Honours B.A./B.Ed. program.

Given the high reputation of the French Teaching Specialization at the University of Waterloo, students can expect employment upon graduation.

Students in the FTS program have the option of enhancing their degree through the Global Experience Certificate (GEC).

Many FTS requirements fulfil GEC requirements, making the certificate attainable. More details can be found on the Student Success Office website