Field of French Education

MPEd | Field of French Education

The courses included in the program focus on the professional development of the teacher as a learner and a leader in the classroom and community.  Students will have the opportunity to benefit from a richer and more diverse learning experience by having these two Faculties join together for the creation and delivery of this unique program, which is the first of its kind in Ontario. 


This field of study is offered by the Faculty of Education in collaboration with the Department of French Studies at the Faculty of Arts & Humanities. The degree, taught entirely in French, is focused on enabling educators to further refine and deepen their professional knowledge, skills, practices and perspectives.


This program will meet the current and future needs of individuals teaching in French immersion and French as a second language classrooms. In meeting the needs of the working professional, this program will enhance flexibility and accessibility by being offered entirely online using state-of-the art inductive pedagogies and pedagogical tools. In situ opportunities designed to facilitate the critical application of research and theoretical knowledge will promote adult learning. The creation of this particular program will address the many unique challenges that are faced by FSL teachers through creating a community of like-minded students and helping them to grow and prosper by building their own skills and tools.


The MPEd is designated as a full-time program. Full-time status requires that students complete four courses in one year. As such, MPEd students will complete one course per semester (fall, winter, intersession, summer) for two years. Full-time students have access to all student services at Western. See SGPS for details.

This program of study is a course-based cohort model. In the cohort model of learning, small groups of students start and finish their degree together, which provides the opportunity to grow their professional connections and develop a sense of community.

Approximately 20 students will be admitted to each cohort. To ensure the integrity of the cohort model, continuous enrollment is required, and will necessitate that students complete all the required courses within the stipulated timeframe.


Year 1

Year 1 Fall & Winter
ED 9472 Life-Long French Skills

This seminar helps candidates become better teachers of the French language in Ontario by enhancing their multifaceted engagement in the French community. Relying on a holistic approach to community engaged learning/teaching, it leads students in a three steps process of research, empowerment and lifelong sustained best practices. At the end of this course, the students will have developed a personal portfolio in which they will establish a series of objectives they need to pursue every year to maintain and possibly enhance their French language and culture at the personal, professional and community levels.

Year 1 Summer - Intersession
ED 9471L CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

This course is of interest to K-12 and postsecondary French instructors. Its focus is on pedagogical approaches associated with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) (Council of Europe, 2001)

Year 1 Summer - Summer Session
ED 9474L Language and Grammar

The MPEd Language/Grammar component is an online course for candidates looking to obtain an MPEd in French. All course material will be based on JK-Grade 12 Ontario French curriculum content.

  • Candidates will be required to correct/modify/improve improper or insufficient French sample learning materials and sample test materials.
  • Candidates will create French language/grammar lesson plans on specific topics for Primary-Junior, Junior-Intermediate and Intermediate-Senior levels. Lesson plans will be peer-evaluated and evaluated by the instructor.
  • Candidates will create French evaluation/testing materials on specific topics for Primary-Junior, Junior-Intermediate and Intermediate-Senior levels. Evaluation/testing material will be peer-evaluated and evaluated by the instructor.
  • Candidates will create a Final Project on a specific French topic for the course, which will be peer-evaluated and evaluated by the instructor. Upon successful completion and instructor approval, the Final Project will be uploaded to the Ontario Educational Resource Bank.

Year 2

Year 2 Fall
ED 9475A Critical Language Awareness

In this course, students will be introduced to the foundations of studying classroom interactions as well as how to apply the analysis of student interactions in their own future classroom. They will be engaged in a critical analysis of scholarly practices--including their own preconceived methods of teaching--particularly as concerns cultural diversity and the treatment of identity in pluri-ethinc schools in Francophone contexts (both minority and majority). The course will also examine different pedagogical models and their application in relation to different educational objectives.

Year 2 Winter
ED 9470B Second Language Acquisition

In this course, of interest to educators with experience in elementary, secondary, college, or university level language teaching, students will explore theories of second (and additional) language acquisition that relate to French language learning in naturalistic and instructional settings, and to FSL teaching. The course will be of benefit to Core French, French immersion and French First Language teachers at a variety of levels and contexts.

Year 2 Summer - Intersession
ED 9477L Developing & Sustaining French as Official Language in Minority French Contexts

In this course on lifelong efforts to develop and sustain French as an Official language in minority French contexts, pedagogical and discursive considerations and challenges for students, teachers and communities are discussed. Assignments centre on developing context-specific approaches and solutions.

Year 2 Summer - Summer Session
ED 9478L Virtual Practicum Final Project

In this course, candidates will prepare a final project and presentation to be streamed online to the instructor and fellow candidates. This live presentation will give candidates the opportunity to put the skills and knowledge they've acquired in the MPEd Program into practice as they teach a variety of French language and grammar concepts to an audience of their peers. Besides level-specific linguistic and syntactical content, the project will also include relevant language acquisition and evaluation materials related to certain aspects of Francophone cultures, as well as strategies and tools for French as a Second Language maintenance and long-term retention.

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  • A four-year degree (20 full courses or equivalent) from an accredited university
  • Minimum "B" standing (70%) or equivalent in the final two years of study
  • Core French, Immersion French or French as a First Language
  • At least two to three years’ experience of full-time teaching or equivalent professional experience
  • Proficiency in French of (at least) a ‘real’ B2 across all competences (oral and written, production and comprehension)


  • Honours degree

Notes & Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Education (BEd) and Additional Qualification (AQ) course grades are not used in calculating admission averages.
  • Applicants with three-year degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis if seats are available in programs. Successful experience as an educator in a professional setting may be considered in the selection process.
  • Probationary Status: If an applicant does not meet all of the minimum admission requirements (e.g. average below 70% and/or has only a three-year degree plus BEd) the applicant may be offered admission as a Probationary Student with Conditions.


Tuition amounts are set each year by Senate and then published on the Office of the Registrar's Fees Schedules web page. Fees are assessed once each term (Fall, Winter, Summer).

Students are notified each term once fee amounts have been posted in the Student Centre; it is each student's responsibility to log into the Student Centre and pay fees by the due date indicated. Failure to do so may result in a late payment fee or deregistration.

For questions about fees, including how to pay fees and the acceptable methods of payment, students should go to the Student Financial Services pages of the Office of the Registrar's web site or contact Student Financial Services (Office of the Registrar) at 519-661-2100.


The Faculty of Education recognizes the financial commitment required to pursue professional graduate studies.

As the majority of our programs are fully online, we offer students flexible learning that allows them to fund their education by remaining in their current employment. Some employers offer subsidization or time release opportunities for the professional learning of their employees. As a result, internal funding is not available for these programs.

There are also many external funding opportunities for competitive candidates in our professional programs. Download this PDF file for an additional list of over 30 external awards (see more information below). Students may also visit the following online sites that contain numerous award opportunities.

Please note that students must apply for these awards individually. Read the qualifications carefully, and contact the award provider for more criteria and award information. Some application support is available from the Faculty of Education Research Office for research-based awards only.

Many private financial institutions offer financing options (with particular rates and payment plans) to full-time students. Please contact a representative of your preferred financial institution for more information.

Provincial governments offer a variety of loan programs to help students finance their studies. Ontario residents may be eligible to apply for OSAP.

The Government of Canada's CanLearn website provides a listing of contact information for the offices of all government student financial assistance programs. Please visit CanLearn to find your province or territory listing. The Government of Canada implemented the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) to encourage higher education and training. The LLP allows you to withdraw up to $10,000 a year from your registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance training or education for you or your spouse or common-law partner. For further information on this plan, visit the government's website at


For online courses, students are required to have access to the following:

  • High speed Internet access
  • Access to a computer that enables connection to outside websites (flexible firewall restrictions)
  • Multimedia playback capabilities (video/audio)
  • WebCam
  • Computer capable of running a recent version of Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox; and/or Cisco MOVI client for PC or Mac
  • Audio headset and microphone for computer

Online and onsite courses are available via the Sakai OWL platform, although instructors of onsite courses use this tool to varying degrees. Access to a course in Sakai OWL is typically opened the first business day of each term. Please note that although your own access may be granted prior to the first business day, course content may not be posted until closer to the scheduled term start. Your Western University login and password is required to access the course (your Western email without the and its accompanying password). Access to Sakai OWL is found here: