Teaching Practicum in France

Teaching Practicum in France — Academics

Program Structure

Program Type Coursework and practicum
Program Level 1000–3000 level courses
Courseload 15–17 credits


All topics courses are taught in English. This cohort-based model combines theoretical learning and practical teaching experience in a supportive and balanced learning environment. University of Minnesota students who are completing a Child Psychology minor may also want to refer to Youth Development & Psychology, also offered in Montpellier.

Required Core Courses

Introduction to Elementary Teaching

MONT 3211

Fall & Spring Semester

3 Credits

This course focuses on the principles and pedagogical considerations for effective classroom teaching. French Education students may join this class.

Syllabus for Introduction to Elementary Teaching (PDF)

UofM equivalent: Equivalent to CI 3211

Teaching Practicum

MONT 3212

Fall & Spring Semesters

3 Credits

Students spend time each week assisting in the English language classroom in a local school setting under the supervision of the French classroom teacher and the course faculty member. Students are placed in classrooms corresponding to student interest and academic program needs.

Syllabus for Teaching Practicum (PDF)

UofM equivalent: Equivalent to CI 3212

French for Educators

MONT 1001 - 3016

Fall & Spring Semesters

3 or 5 Credits

Students enroll in a French language class at their appropriate linguistic level. 10 hours are dedicated specifically to vocabulary and communication related to the classroom and teaching environment. 1st - 4th semester language courses are 5 credits. More advanced language courses award 3 credits.

 Syllabus for 1st semester French (PDF) (MONT 1001, 5 credits) 

Comparative Education & Pedagogy

MONT 3213

Spring & Fall Semesters

3 Credits

This course compares educational practices in the United States and France with particular emphasis on historical developments and pedadogical frameworks. Taught at program center exclusively to LAC program participants. 

 Syllabus for Comparative Education & Pedagogy (PDF)

Approved for the Global Perspectives and Historical Perspectives themes

Elective Courses

Cross-cultural Perspectives on Language Learning

MONT 3121

Spring & Fall Semesters

3 Credits

This course exams the process of language learning in children and the different philosophical approaches in the USA and France regarding second language development. Taught at program center exclusively to LAC program participants. 

Syllabus for Language Learning (PDF)

UofM equivalent: Equivalent to CI 3610

Global Identity—Optional Online Course

Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your overseas experience and apply what you've learned upon your return. The course assists you in reflecting on multiple layers of cross-cultural experience and marketing your study abroad experience for future goals. There is an additional cost for this course.

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