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. As such, the FTS program has a nearly 100% employment rate upon graduation.
FTS has many features that distinguish it from other programs in the province, giving our graduates an edge when applying for permanent teaching positions.
- Guaranteed acceptance at Nipissing to complete the requirements for teacher certification in Ontario.
- 160 hours of volunteer work in schools.
- Thorough grounding in French language, literature, and civilization.
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.
Nipissing University Faculty of Education
City of North Bay
Students in the French Teaching Specialization are required to complete a total of 160 hours of volunteer in-school experience over their 4 years at the University of Waterloo. This amounts to 20-30 hours per term, including volunteer school experience in Nantes or Chicoutimi.
The in-school experience is an essential component recognized as part of the teaching experience required for admission to Nipissing University.
In-school experience includes:
- teaching conversation groups,
- in-school tutoring,
- supervisory projects and extra-curricular activities,
- classroom observation,
- unit preparation.
All volunteer work must be supervised by a certified teacher.
We encourage students to volunteer in the levels that interest them (i.e. Primary/Junior, Junior/Intermediate, Intermediate/Senior).
In-School Experience forms must be signed by your supervising teachers.
Please contact the Department for help should you have trouble finding a school for your in-school experience.
The second teachable subject
No second teachable subject is required in the Junior/Intermediate level (Grades 4 to 10). Please see teaching subject (French) requirements under the P20 Junior/Intermediate section of Nippissing University's Calendar.
A second teachable subject is required in the Intermediate/Senior level (Grades 7 to 12). Please see second teachable requirements under the P30 Intermediate/Senior section of Nippissing University's Calendar.
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.