May 21, 2018
Nancy Goldberg, Program Director
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers the Master of Arts in Teaching with concentrations in French, German, or Spanish. Also offered is a minor at the graduate level. Students who would like to minor in foreign languages should determine the requirements based on their major curriculum in consultation with their advisors.
This degree is intended to prepare native and nonnative speakers of the foreign language for a career in foreign language teaching at the elementary or secondary level. Students planning to teach in elementary school must be licensed prior to admission to the M.A.T. program. Those planning to teach on the secondary level may be already licensed or may pursue licensure while enrolled in the M.A.T. program; however, requirements for admission to teacher education must be met. Students select a concentration from French, German, or Spanish.
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
To be admitted to the Master of Arts in Teaching in Foreign Languages program, applicant must have earned at least 24 semester hours of Spanish. Students may complete up to 6 hours of these as undergraduate hours while concurrently enrolled in the graduate program. Native speakers must consult with the graduate director regarding this requirement.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. A combined score of 291 (current scale) or 900 (former scale) on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination is considered indicative of potential for an acceptable level of academic performance.
All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
- submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.shtml);
- submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
- submit two letters of reference;
- submit official transcripts of all previous college work.
- complete a minimum of 33 semester hours including 24 hours in foreign language courses as listed below ; no more than 30 percent of the total degree hours dual-listed as undergraduate/graduate hours can be counted toward the degree.
- complete a professional education component approved by the chair of the Educational Leadership Department.
- achieve an oral proficiency level in the target language (Spanish) of at least “Advanced” and a written proficiency level of “Advanced Plus” on the ACTFL scale; students should consult the foreign languages graduate director for additional information on this requirement.
- demonstrate a basic reading knowledge in a language other than Spanish; this requirement may be met by passing a foreign language reading examination or by earning a final grade of A or B (83%) in GERM 5990 or FREN 5990 or by passing a reading examination.
- successfully complete a written comprehensive examination that covers language teaching methods and the language, literature, and culture of the Spanish language (may be taken no more than twice).
Curriculum: Foreign Languages, Spanish
Candidate must complete 33 hours in the following course of study:
Concentration Core (12 hours)
Guided Electives (6 hours)
Professional Education Component (9 hours)
Students take 9 hours of approved Educational Leadership courses at the 6000 level (in general, SPSE, FOED and YOED), unless the candidate is choosing the licensure option. Those seeking licensure should consult an advisor.
Candidates for the M.A.T. with a major in Foreign Languages and a concentration in either French, German, or Spanish may choose whether or not to seek licensure to teach. The curriculum selected is based on the individual’s preference and need:
- for those already licensed to teach in the state of Tennessee;
- for those who seek licensure in conjunction with the M.A.T. degree;
- for those who wish to pursue the degree without teacher licensure in Tennessee.
The foreign language requirement under each option is the same; candidates should consult an advisor in the Educational Leadership Department regarding the courses pertinent to their degree and career goals.
- file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to the completion of 21 credit hours;
- file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which the student intends to graduate.