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French Teaching Specialization

 The Waterloo-Nipissing French Teaching Specialization (WN-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 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.

WN-FTS has many features which distinguish our program from others in the province, and which give our graduates an edge when applying for permanent teaching positions.

  • Since WN-FTS links the Honours B.A. in French at Waterloo University to the B.Ed. at Nipissing University, students have ensured access to a place at Nipissing to complete the requirements for teacher certification in Ontario.
  • WN-FTS is an experiential learning program. Students are required to complete 160 hours of volunteer work in schools.
  • Students in WN-FTS receive a very thorough grounding in French language, literature and civilization, and a familiarity with the French way of life. This is reinforced by our requiring students to spend their third year in a French speaking environment (Nantes or Chicoutimi) during which they achieve a high level of fluency in French.

At graduation, 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 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.