Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Arts in Teaching

M.A.T. IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

( Revised September 23, 2010)

A. GENERAL INFORMATION

  1. The M.A.T. Program in Foreign Languages consists of 33 semester hours of courses for students already licensed to teach (or not seeking licensure) or 60 hours for
    master's candidates seeking licensure. Courses are composed of the following:
    • Foreign Language courses and courses in major language -21 hrs.
    • Education courses - 12 hrs. (39 hrs. for those seeking licensure)
  2. 70% of graduate hours must be at the 6000 level.
  3. Graduates will be able to teach on the elementary, secondary, or college level if they meet the requirements of the appropriate department of the College of Education.
  4. The M.A.T. in Foreign Languages is available to students seeking to teach at either
    the elementary or the secondary level. Students expecting to teach at the secondary level may take either the licensure or non-licensure options. However, students planning to teach at the elementary level are expected to enter the program already licensed to teach and will, therefore, take the non-licensure option in the program.

B. REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE M.A.T. PROGRAM

  1. 24 undergraduate semester hours in the major foreign language. Up to six hours of this credit requirement may be taken while enrolled in the program;
  2. A baccalaurate degree with a grade point average that meets College of Graduate Studies requirements;
  3. A combined score of 900 on the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) --- verbal and quantitative components;
    NOTE: Students must take the GRE before completing the first semester or it will be necessary to re-apply;
  4. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0;
  5. Score of Intermediate High or better on on oral proficiency exam administered by the department;
  6. Submit a timed writing sample;
  7. Submit TWO letters of recommendation.

C. PROCEDURE

  1. Complete Application Form to Graduate Admissions (in back of Graduate Catalog), and supply requested information (transcripts, GRE scores, etc.)
  2. Contact the graduate advisor (Dr. Nancy Goldberg at goldberg@mtsu.edu) in the Department of Foreign Languages for
    information on the M.A.T. Program.
  3. Read the requirements outlined in the M.A.T. section and the Foreign Languages section of the Graduate Catalog.

D. OTHER REQUIREMENTS OF THE COLLEGE OF GRADUATE STUDIES

  1. Complete Admission to Candidacy Form before the completion of 24 hours of
    graduate study. (See the current graduate catalogue.)
  2. File an Intent to Graduate Form at the appropriate time. See the graduate catalogue for deadlines.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE M.A.T. IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE

A. FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: 21 Hours

  1. 6 core graduate hours, including
    • FL 6990: Teaching internship;
    • FL 5500: Introduction to Teaching Foreign Language Methodology
  2. 6 hours core electives taken from
    • FL 6010: Foreign language acquisition: Theories and practices;
    • FL 6700: Introduction to linguistics;
    • FL 6750: Romance linguistics;
    • FL 6800: Instructional technology in foreign language education;
    • FL 6900: (Topics vary)
  3. 12hours in language emphasis courses, which include
    • FREN, GERM or SPAN 6000, and
    • 9 hours of German/French/or Spanish 5000 or 6000-level courses
  4. Exams:
    • Written Comprehensive Exam in the major area of emphasis. Topics may cover the following: language, teaching methods, literature, linguistics, and culture.
    • Oral Proficiency Exam: Students must achieve an oral proficiency level of at least "Advanced" on a scale much like that of ACTFL.
    • Reading Exam in a Foreign Language other than Candidate's Major Language.
      Alternatively, candidate can make a grade of B (83%) or better in the appropriate language courses (French 5900, German 5900, or Spanish 5920).

B. EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (See Minor Advisor)

  1. Licensure Advising: See one of the graduation/licensure analysts: Flora McCulbugh or Allyson Clemans. Take a copy of your transcript with you. All education courses must be approved by her office in conjunction with the Department of Educational Leadership. Students following the elementary education track must be certified prior to admission.
  2. Selection of Education Courses: See Dr. James Huffman - Jones Hall, Rm. 325, ext. 2855. or Dr. Jane Williams 2794. Take copy of transcript with you.
  3. Courses (Note: Students seeking licensure as part of their program must take graduate options where offered.)
Seeking Licensure
(39 hours)
Not Seeking Licensure
(9 hours)
Please contact the Office of Teacher Licensure.

Any 9 hours of 6000 level courses from the Department of Educational Leadership selected in consultation with Dr. Huffman.

STUDENTS MAY WISH AN ADD-ON ENDORSEMENT IN ESL.
SEE THE GRADUATE DIRECTOR FOR DETAILS.