MAT in World Language Education

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Boston University’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in World 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 World 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 yearlong 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, cisheteronormative 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

Program Faculty

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

Contact Info

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

Next Steps

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Background Checks

Students who are admitted into BU Wheelock routinely participate in field experiences as a part of their respective program curriculum and requirements. Most field sites require criminal background checks to determine students’ eligibility for participation. History of a criminal background may disqualify students from participating in these required experiences, which in turn may impede the successful completion of one’s degree program.