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Master of Arts in Teaching: Foreign Languages


Spanish, Italian and French


The Master of Arts in Teaching Foreign Languages programs are designed as courses of study leading to New York State certification for teaching Spanish, Italian, French, and German in the secondary schools (grades 7-12), with  extension options for grades 5-6 or K-12. This program, which is offered in collaboration with the University's  Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature, the Department of European Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Distributed Teacher and Leader Education program, is designed for those who have little or no previous coursework in education or formal classroom teaching experience.

Program Requirements


The degree program consists of 47 credits, distributed among the areas listed below. Unless otherwise noted, each course is three credits. All degree requirements must be completed within five (5) years from the semester date of admission as a matriculated student.

15 credits; courses not listed are selected with the approval of a departmental advisor

Spanish (HEGIS 0802)
Choose five of the following with the approval of the graduate program director:
SPN 501 Spanish Historical Linguistics
SPN 502 Methods in Linguistics Research
SPN 503 Spanish Linguistics
SPN 504 Contrastive Analysis
SPN 505 Spanish Dialectology and Sociolinguistics
SPN 510 Hispanic Culture
SPN 515 Spanish Composition and Stylistics
SPN 500-level Courses in Literature (to be selected by student and advisor)
SPN 691 Practicum in Teaching Spanish

Italian (HEGIS 1104)
ITL 501 Contemporary Italy
ITL 508 Advanced Grammar and Stylistics
One of the following courses in Italian Linguistics: ITL 509, ITL 511, ITL 512, ITL 513
One course in literature
One elective course

French (HEGIS 1102)
FRN 501 Contemporary French Culture and Institutions
FRN 507 Advanced Stylistics
FRN 510 French Phonetics and Diction
Plus two additional graduate-level FRN literature courses

German (HEGIS 1103) Note: We are not accepting new student applications at this time.
GER 504 German Cultural History
GER 506 Advanced Stylistics

Plus, one of the following courses:

GER 557 History of the German Language
GER 539 Constrative Structures: German-English
GER 558 Middle High German

Plus, two additional graduate-level GER literature courses.


CEE 505 Education: Theory and Practice
CEE 565 Human Development
CEF 547 Principles and Practices of Special Education
FLA 505 Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages
FLA 506 Portfolio Development (prerequisite FLA 505)
FLA 507 Critical Pedagogy   or  FLA 540 Foreign Language Acquisition Research or CEE 594 Language Acquisition and Literacy Development (formerly LIN 544)
FLA 549 Field Experience I—Grades 7-9 (one credit; corequisite FLA 505)
FLA 550 Field Experience II—Grades 10-12 (one credit; corequisite FLA 506)
FLA 554 Student Teaching Seminar (prerequisites FLA 505 & 506; corequisites FLA 551 & FLA 552)
FLA 571 Technology and Education or FLA 570 Introduction to Media for Language Teaching


Students will be required to complete 100 clock hours of field experience related to coursework prior to student teaching or practica. These experiences include practicing skills for interacting with parents, experiences in high-need schools, and experiences with each of the following student populations: socio-economically disadvantaged students, students who are English Language Learners, and students with disabilities.


Prior to student teaching , students must participate in an official ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) and receive a minimum spoken proficiency rating of Advanced-Low as defined in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines-Speaking (1999). Students must contact Language Testing International (LTI) and arrange for either a face-to-face OPI or a phone interview.

FLA 551 Supervised Student Teaching High School Grades 10-12: Foreign Languages (prerequisites FLA 505 & 506; corequisites FLA 552 and 554)
FLA 552 Supervised Student Teaching Middle School Grades 7-9: Foreign Languages (prerequisites FLA 505 & 506; corequisites FLA 551 and FLA 554)


Students in all degree programs will be required to complete a four-week foreign language teaching module specifically designed for the Supervised Student Teaching project.


Teacher Certification


Stony Brook University requires that students must have completed an undergraduate degree and have at least 36 credits in the content field for admission to the MAT program. This course of study should be substantially the equivalent to that of a Stony Brook undergraduate degree program.

The Master of Arts in Teaching is a New York State registered and approved program that qualifies students for license upon successful degree completion. Students must complete all courses required for the MAT and must receive a grade of B or better in all pedagogy and foundation courses as well as an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all course work attempted while matriculated in a graduate teacher preparation program.

Teacher preparation candidates must be fingerprinted and must also complete certification workshops in:

  • Child Abuse
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) 
  • School Violence (Project Save)
  • Identification and Referral of Substance Abuse 

See  Certification and Licensing Workshops  for details and schedules.

All students will have to complete the   Educating All Students Test   and the  revised CST (Content Specialty Test)   in the area of the Certificate. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor the TEACH website at  to ensure that they are taking the appropriate examinations. All students are required to complete and submit the   edTPA (Education-Teacher Performance Assessment - Portfolio)   in their content field.  Please check with your program director for specific requirements.

Tuition and Financial Information


Cost of Attendance
Tuition and fee information can be found on the  Bursar's website.

Payment Plan
Stony Brook recognizes the need for helping students manage the expenses of higher education. To this end, the University offers a Time Option Payment Plan (TOPP), a program that allows students to make equal and consecutive payments throughout the year.

Financial Aid
For information on financial aid options, contact the Stony Brook Office of Financial Aid at (631) 632-6840, or visit the Financial Aid website.


This program is offered through the School of Professional Development (SPD). Visit SPD for admissions information and an application link.

Start Your Application


Contact Information


For program questions, please contact:
Dr. Sarah Jourdain, Director
Foreign Language Teacher Preparation Program
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4310
Phone: (631) 632-7440

For advisement relative to specific content areas, contact a Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Prosper Sanou
Phone: (631) 632-7439

Dr. Robert Bloomer
Phone: (631) 632-7369

Dr. Irene Marchegiani
Phone: (631) 632-7440

Dr. Aurelie Vialette

For application procedure questions, please contact:
MAT Admissions
School of Professional Development
2321 Computer Science Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794 - 4434
Phone: (631) 632-7050
Fax: ( 631) 982-7311