EdM in World Language Education

Boston University’s Master of Education (EdM) in World Language Education is a non-licensure program open to instructors of any modern language. This EdM program is available both on campus and fully online through BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. Adding to our graduate program’s flexibility, it is designed as a full-time or part-time program with multiple start dates offered throughout the year. 

Our language education program is committed to teaching for social justice and disrupting inequality based in White supremacy, anti-Blackness, cis-heteronormative patriarchy, ableism, and dominant English monolingualism. 

The Master’s in World Language Education is designed for individuals who are either:

  • Aspiring world language educators: Pre-service teachers interested in working with adults, in private schools, or in international settings.
  • Advancing world language educators: Practicing teachers interested in advancing their pedagogical and curricular expertise and moving towards the professional teaching license.

Our EdM program offers valuable field experiences that advance your abilities in hands-on work in the classroom. Aspiring educators complete a student teaching practicum to prepare them as language instructors. Focused on professional development, advancing world language educators complete a field experience course in which they receive structured feedback and coaching on their teaching and prepare a portfolio. 

Interested in pursuing a world language teaching license? Then visit our MAT in Modern Foreign Language Education program. Our Educator Preparation Programs Licensing Disclosure provides information about Massachusetts-approved programs offered at BU Wheelock and how the educational requirements compare with those in other states.

Learn more about our partnership with ACTFL (actfl.org), including scholarship opportunities.

Essential Questions

Hear from the World Language Education Program Director

World Language Career Outcomes

The Master’s in World Language Education program supports educators by honing their skills and abilities to teach language courses. Current world language instructors utilize the program to expand their pedagogical expertise and become curricular leaders, while aspiring educators prepare to teach adult language learners or private school students as well as teach internationally. 

Our graduates have become: 

  • Language Instructors for adult populations
  • World Language teachers at private schools or in international school settings
  • Professional status World Language Educators
  • World Language Curriculum Specialists
  • Program Leaders

Program Requirements and Courses

Whether you complete this EdM program in person or online, the graduate World Language Education curriculum enhances our students’ abilities to be adept language instructors. Visit the BU Bulletin for detailed information on this program’s academic requirements.

Core Coursework (16 credits) 

  • SED LS 658 Second Language Acquisition (4 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)
  • SED WL 511 Methods of Teaching Modern Foreign Languages (4 cr)
  • SED WL 512 Curriculum & Assessment in Modern Foreign Language Education (4 cr)

    Electives and Fieldwork  

    The EdM in World Language Education includes 12-14 credits of electives, allowing students to tailor the program to their interests. The graduate program also includes six to eight credits of fieldwork and an optional graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). 

    Advancing world language educators complete a field experience course in which they are observed in their own classroom, receive structured feedback and coaching on their teaching, and prepare a portfolio demonstrating professional standards of effective world language teaching. For aspiring language educators planning to work in non-licensure roles, the fieldwork consists of a student teaching seminar and a practicum.

    World Language Education Faculty

    Catherine Ritz, Clinical Assistant Professor, Program Director for Curriculum and Teaching and Modern Foreign Languages/World Language Education

    Next Steps in Pursuing the EdM in World Language Education 

    Learn more about BU Wheelock’s Master in Education in World Language Education program that prepares students to become adept language instructors. This flexible EdM program can be completed fully online or in person with the option to attend part-time as well. Our World Language Education applicants are not required to submit GRE/GMAT scores.

    Contact Info

    For more information about this program and requirements for admission, please contact Catherine Ritz, critz@bu.edu, 617-353-3267

    BU Wheelock Educator Preparation Programs Licensing Disclosure provides information about BU Wheelock state approved programs and how the educational requirements compare with those in other states. Education students in licensure programs should review this resource and contact edlic@bu.edu with questions.