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Graduate Programs

  1. MAT in Teaching Modern Languages
  2. MA in Romance Languages

Language Requirement:

Competence at the intermediate level in a language other than the language of specialization, preferably in a second modern Romance language or Latin. Students opting for a combination of two Romance languages will automatically satisfy this requirement This requirement may be fulfilled through a departmental examination or a suitable language course designed for graduate students.

M. A. Examination or M. A. Thesis (students will choose either option A or B):

A. — M.A. Thesis: Students write a Master’s Thesis under the supervision of a faculty advisor, along with a second faculty member in his/her major program and a third faculty member in a related field. Upon completion of the thesis, the student prepares a formal presentation of the thesis.

B. — M. A. Examination: Students who opt not to write a Master Thesis must complete a four-hour written examination and a one-hour oral examination. The examination is based on a comprehensive reading list in the student’s area of specialization. Three faculty members will serve as examiners.

Goals:
The M.A. in Pedagogy for Secondary School Teachers is designed to meet the needs of students who have already received provisional licensing in French, Italian and/or Spanish, but need to fulfill the state requirement to obtain a Master's degree in order to be granted professional certification. The aims of this degree are

  • to provide substantive preparation in the target language, literature and culture
  • to introduce research tools which enable teachers to create original curriculum material
  • to provide mentorship through close contact with a faculty advisor

A cornerstone of the program is faculty mentorship. Upon completing 12 hours of graduate work, each student designs a course of study with a faculty member. Upon completing all course work the student develops an independent research topic relevant to the issue of teaching a second language at the secondary school level. The faculty advisor serves as supervisor of the project. 

Language Requirement:

Competence in a language other than the language of specialization, preferably in a second modern Romance language or Latin. Competence will be determined by departmental examination, or by completing specific graduate courses approved by the department. Students opting for a combination of two Romance languages will automatically satisfy this requirement. For non-native English language speakers, fluency in English is required.

Research Project:

Students must complete a Research Project under the supervision of a faculty advisor and subject to approval by a second faculty member in his/her major program and by a third faculty member in a related field. Upon completion, the student prepares a formal presentation of his/her research.

FAQ
Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in French or Italian. Students without a degree must show a level of language proficiency equivalent to the degree

Application are accepted only online.

The graduate bulletin text of the MA in Romance Languages is available online.

All courses will be offered no earlier than 5:00 P.M. to meet the time constraints of secondary school teachers.

Contacts
Irene Marchegiani (for Italian)
Prosper Sanou (for French)

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