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Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning

Curriculum and Instruction, MEd
Concentration in ASTL: Foreign Language French (AFLF)

The ASTL concentrations are for teachers and other educators with one or more years of teaching or education-related experience who want to continue to grow professionally. The program offers advanced study in a specific concentration area, including Virginia's Standards of Learning content areas, cohort classes, an innovative schedule, and the use of technology. The courses, aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, help teachers think and practice as board-certified teachers. The program develops teacher-leaders who practice reflection through action-research, problem-based learning, and self-inquiry, and teacher expertise in a concentration that will identify the teacher as a potential leader in that area.

The program provides two options to experienced teachers and other educators. Educators with or without a master's degree may apply for the full master's degree program, which includes core and emphases, or an 18- to 21-credit graduate certificate program or advanced study in a particular area.

Core Courses (12 credits)

Concentration Courses in French (18 credits)

The 18-credit foreign language concentration provides advanced professional development and language study for practicing foreign language teachers. The 18 credits include a combination of modern language courses and targeted electives.


Choose six credits from the following:

Note: Courses may be substituted with advisor-approved literature-related electives in French.

Language and Linguistics

Take six credits. Students must complete the following course, and one additional advisor-approved three credit course.

  • One additional advisor-approved three credit course


Choose six credits in literature or language (select from courses listed above or below):

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 document that provides concrete evidence of teacher professional development throughout the ASTL program.

Foreign Language Concentration form (.pdf)