FACE Foundation

- Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts

New Pathways to Teaching French

This new program leverages the skills of French-speaking Americans of all backgrounds to train a new generation of French teachers, notably through the creation of the TAPIF to Teacher Initiative and the Multi-State Pathways to Accreditation Programs. Each program seeks to leverage French-speaking people living in the US in different ways to give them new chances for a career in teaching.  

TAPIF to Teacher Initiative 

Every year nearly 1,500 new TAPIF participants travel to France to take advantage of this unique opportunity to live in France to improve their French proficiency level and discover the teaching profession. 

By choosing to become part of TAPIF, this cohort inherently demonstrates their interest in language teaching. In fact, according to a survey, 30% of them are seriously considering a career in teaching.  

This program, the TAPIF to Teacher Initiative, aims at providing them with clear and accelerated pathways to careers in teaching French through a Université Paris Nanterre online foundational certificate program (Diplôme d’Université) they can take in addition to their 12 hours a week workload. Offered in partnership with US universities’ MAT program, the 12 credits granted by the certificate program can easily be transferred towards these masters programs. 

Thanks to the French for All initiative, the French Embassy will offer up to 200 full scholarships for this certificate. 

The syllabi of this certificate program is currently being designed, and will offer two strands: 

1/ For those considering teaching French as a World Language 

2/ For those considering teaching a French Dual language Immersion program 

The certificate will be offered for the first time online to the next cohort of TAPIF students who will start the program in October 2023. 

If you represent a US university offering a MAT or M.Ed. and are willing to be part of this initiative, please reach out to mathieu.ausseil@frenchculture.org

Multi-State Pathways to Accreditation  

Forty-seven out of 50 U.S. states are currently experiencing a severe shortage of language teachers. This shortage threatens world language programs across the United States, including teachers of French: school administrators cite the most common reason for closing French programs as an inability to recruit qualified teachers. 

In response to this shortage, the French Embassy’s education division is creating a Multi-State Pathway to Accreditation, a program that helps those with a strong mastery of French enter into the teaching profession with fewer obstacles and blockages than obtaining a traditional teaching license.  

This program –– while still in the preliminary phase of creation –– will involve around 70 hours of training online, divided into four distinct phases. These training hours will permit the successful participant to receive a Personalized Learning Plan outlining the last steps required to obtain a teaching license, as well as up to three university credits applicable to an approved teacher preparation program. Participants will also be put in contact with the appropriate state and district administrators to find a placing within a school, and finish their certification while gaining actual classroom experience. Please note that the Multi-State Pathway is not a certification in and of itself; completing the program will facilitate and shorten acceptance to an accredited educational institution, in partnership with the Embassy, at which the candidate may finish the last credits needed for a teaching degree. 

The French Embassy is seeking motivated applicants who may wish to participate in this program during its first round in Spring 2023. To apply, applicants must meet the following criteria: 

  • Have already obtained Bachelor’s degree (or the foreign equivalent) 
  • Prior authorization to work in the United States 
  • Mastery of the French language 

The current timeline of this project is as follows: 

  • December to March 2022: Identify an instructor; recruit participating states and organize an online webinar to lay out final rules of the program; finalize application process 
  • January 2023: Applications open 
  • March 2023: Application period ends 
  • April 2023: Laureates selected and notified 
  • June to July 2023: First courses offered online 

While the Embassy is not yet accepting applications, please do let us know if you are interested in the Multi-State Pathway program to be added to a mailing list that will keep you updated about future openings. 

Please contact mathieu.ausseil@frenchculture.org with any questions.