Our Teaching Foreign Language (TFL) curriculum equips language teachers with the skills and expertise to facilitate language learning in the U.S. and abroad.
Typically, you will complete our master’s program in three or four semesters with a course load of 12-13 credits per semester. If you have prior coursework in applied linguistics and language teacher education, you may qualify for the three-semester advanced degree program.
We train language professionals for all languages, but most commonly offer training for careers focused on Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish.
We have two unique "Monterey Option" degree offerings with Middlebury Language Schools, an MA in Chinese with a focus on Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, and an MA in Arabic with a focus on Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language.
Our students have opportunities throughout their curriculum to engage in immersive learning opportunities—whether designing curriculum for Peace Corps training, developing language assessments for own programs, creating materials to be used to teach languages in local schools, or, of course, teaching languages! We want to ensure that your experiences here prepare you for your careers. Internships in language education are also available both in the United States and around the world.
Our faculty are some of the most recognized leaders in the language teaching community. They will work closely with you as mentors and colleagues. Small class sizes encourage close interaction and the exchange of career-related knowledge and creative teaching techniques.
Students may also elect to pursue one of the following specialization options in conjunction with their required TFL courses:
Our master's program will give you the skills and expertise to set yourself apart as your language education career begins. Many of our alumni are teachers and administrators at the K-12, university, or community college levels in the United States and around the world. Our program also successfully prepares you for doctoral studies. Many alumni have attained a doctoral degree at such prestigious institutions as Harvard, Oxford, and Georgetown.