Master of Arts in Teaching in Modern Foreign Language Education

Info & Resources for Modern Foreign Language Teachers

Boston University’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) for Modern Foreign Language Education prepares students to become teachers of Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish, leading to Initial teaching licensure at the 5-12 grade level. Please note: the Mandarin Chinese concentration will be offered for the first time in Fall 2019. Its approval for licensure endorsement is currently pending.

The MAT in Modern Foreign Language Education is designed for individuals who either:

  • Have a strong background in Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish and are seeking a teaching license for the first time, or
  • Hold a Provisional license in Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish, and are seeking the Initial license.

Using a year-long, cohort-based model, we prepare teachers to work in a variety of school contexts through coursework in foreign language pedagogy, special education, classroom management, foundations of education, as well as elective courses in Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish taken through the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS). Our program is unique in providing our students with a strong foundation in second language acquisition, linguistics, and foreign language methods that emphasizes a proficiency-based communicative approach to language teaching.

Students complete a year-long pre-practicum and practicum (student teaching experience) in a local middle or high school, with the support of a Boston University program supervisor who specializes in foreign language education.

This program may also be completed part-time.

Our program:

  • Prepares students to teach Modern Foreign Languages in grades 5-12 , leading to Initial teaching licensure in Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish.
  • Can be completed full-time in a calendar year or part-time for a longer duration.
  • Prepares students to teach in urban and suburban school settings, with a focus on the effective strategies to help diverse populations achieve success in learning another language.
  • Immerses students in both a small cohort of foreign language teachers and a larger cohort of secondary educators.
  • Offers personalized academic and career advising with foreign language education faculty.

Students who complete Boston University’s state-approved teacher program are eligible for licensure in Massachusetts and may be eligible for licensure in 44 other states through a reciprocal agreement.

Graduates of the MAT program in Modern Foreign Language Education have gone on to teach in classrooms in public, charter, private and international middle and high schools in urban, suburban, and rural areas of Massachusetts, other states in the U.S., and other countries.

Additional notes:

  • This program is for those seeking licensure. If you do not wish to pursue initial teaching licensure or already have a license, then the EdM in Developmental Studies in Literacy & Language Education or the EdM in Curriculum & Teaching (each of which may be customized for foreign language education) are right for you.
  • This program offers opportunities for interested students to also earn ESL licensure through additional coursework and field experiences.

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

Faculty Contact Information: Dr. Catherine Ritz,, 617-353-3267
Graduate Admissions:, 617-353-4237

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