MAT in Modern Foreign Language Education

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Boston University’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) for Modern Foreign Language Education prepares you to become a teacher of Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish, leading to Initial teaching licensure at the 5-12 grade level.

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.


  • Arabic
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • French
  • Spanish

Essential Questions

More About Our Program

Using a year-long, cohort-based model, we prepare you to teach in a variety of school contexts through coursework in world language pedagogy, special education, classroom management, foundations of education, as well as elective courses in world language education or Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish taken through the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS). Our program is unique in providing you with a strong foundation in second language acquisition, linguistics, and world language methods that emphasizes a proficiency-based, communicative approach to language teaching. Our program is committed to teaching for social justice and disrupting inequality based in White supremacy, anti-Blackness, cis-heternormative patriarchy, ableism, and dominant English monolingualism

You will 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 world language education.


Career Outcomes

  • Grade 5-12 Arabic, French, Mandarin or Spanish Teacher
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Program Leader

Program Requirements

  • Visit the BU Bulletin for information on this program’s academic requirements.

Program Faculty

Catherine Ritz, Clinical Assistant Professor, Program Director for Curriculum and Teaching and Modern Foreign Languages

Contact Info

For more information about this program and requirements for admission, please contact Program Director, Dr. Catherine Ritz,, 617-353-3267

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