Master of Arts in Teaching


The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a program designed for individuals who wish to become certified teachers in foreign language at the elementary, middle, or high school level (K-12), in the following Languages: Spanish, French, German, Latin, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, or Russian

The MAT can be completed in 42 credits, providing students with the ESOL Endorsement.

All the courses in the MAT program are taken in the College of Education. The degree does not require any coursework to be taken in the foreign language to be taught. For this reason, this degree is most appropriate for native speakers of the language or for people with a strong proficiency in the language to be taught.

Prospective applicants to the MAT will be required to present evidence of the following:

  • Native language proficiency or 30 credit hours of coursework in the foreign language;
  • An appropriate level of proficiency in the foreign language as demonstrated by
    • An interview with the program faculty (in person or by telephone) AND/OR;
    • An ACTFL OPI score of intermediate high or higher AND/OR;
    • Any equivalent measure as approved by the program faculty.

See Admissions page for more requirements. 

Field Experiences and Internship

A gradual sequence of field experiences is mixed into the MAT program, which will be finished off with a semester-long internship in a public school. Successful completion of the internship is required to graduate. The College of Education places students in their internships according to student preferences and school availability. Application deadlines for internships are strict. Students should apply for internship two semesters before the semester in which they plan to intern. They will also need to attend an internship orientation/workshop at that time.