Capstone Certificate of French Studies for Teachers are teachers of French at the primary or secondary level who have completed a bachelor's degree and and who do not have an existing student relationship with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Students working on the Capstone may not be enrolled in other UW-Madison degree programs.

The application is free, relatively brief, and online. 

Submit your application to the Division of Continuing Studies.

Once admitted, you will receive a formal letter of admission.  The letter will contain course enrollment instructions and information about tuition and registration deadlines.

For more information, please contact the program manager listed in Contact Information.

Students in the Capstone will complete nine credits from among the following courses regularly offered in the Professional French Masters Program:

FRENCH 623 Communication orale en situations professionnelles3
FRENCH 617 Contemporary Skill Set Literature in French3
FRENCH 616 Social Responsibility in Contemporary French-Language Professional Writing3
FRENCH 901 Seminar-Materials and Methods of Research3
FRENCH 642 Culture et sociétés dans le monde francophone3
FRENCH 615 Grammaire avancee3
FRENCH/​ITALIAN  821 Issues in Methods of Teaching French and Italian3
FRENCH 793 Professional French Masters Program Internship2-3

Capstone students complete these nine credits in consultation with their advisor, depending on their primary professional development goals as French teachers.

Minimum Requirements for Capstone Certificate Completion

  • Students must earn a minimum grade of C in each course used to meet Capstone Certificate requirements.
  • Courses in which a student elects the pass/fail or audit option will not count toward completion of Capstone Certificate requirements.
  • All of the Capstone Certificate credits must be earned "in residence" (which includes on campus and distance-delivered courses) at UW-Madison.
  • All of the Capstone Certificate credits must be earned while enrolled in the Capstone Certificate program.

Individual Capstone Certificate programs may have additional requirements for completion, which will be listed above as/if applicable.

  1. Speak, read, listen and write in French at a level sufficient to interact successfully with native French speakers inside and outside the classroom.
  2. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the relationship between practices and perspectives in the cultures of the world’s major French-speaking regions.
  3. Articulate, critique, and elaborate the major professional approaches and best practices in the field of French language education at the K-12 level.
  4. Use the most appropriate methodologies for success when beginning or returning to work in teaching French at the primary and/or secondary level.