Master of Arts in Teaching in Modern Foreign Language Education

Boston University’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) for Modern Foreign Language is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in Spanish, French, or Arabic, and at the same time prepare for initial teacher licensure at the 5-12 grade-level. Our faculty work in close collaboration with those in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to offer this degree program, which is composed of three types of courses to best support students in developing both excellent language skills and excellent pedagogical methods.

Our language courses in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences emphasize communication, linguistics, culture, media, and literature. The specific courses taken by each student are personalized based on prerequisite courses and personal interest. In addition, we prepare our students to be engaging, efficient, and critical educators through educational coursework that covers areas of instructional design, adolescent development, special education, language acquisition, and language teaching methods. Coursework is supported and supplemented by authentic experiences as an educator in the classroom through supervised pre-practicum and practicum (student teaching) experiences.

Our program:

  • Prepares students to teach Spanish, French, or Arabic in grades 5-12.
  • Collaborates with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to offer an inclusive program that focuses equally on linguistic and pedagogical development.
  • Supplements coursework with authentic experiences as an educator in the classroom.
  • Contributes toward the initial teacher licensure process.

For program requirements and additional details, please visit the BU Bulletin.

Faculty Contact Information: Dr. Catherine Ritz,
Graduate Admissions:, 617-353-4237

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