Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

MA in Teaching Foreign Language

You can help shape the future of language teaching. Earn your degree in three semesters.

The TFL program is intentionally designed to share faculty and courses with the TESOL program, so students take the majority of their classes together and benefit directly from collaboration across languages. The three-semester program allows you to significantly increase your understanding of methodology, theory, and research; strengthen your practical skills; and expand your career opportunities. Our graduates are prepared for rewarding leadership positions in the various fields of language education.

Our curriculum equips language teachers with the skills and expertise to facilitate language learning in the U.S. and abroad. Career-oriented specializations can be added for a fourth semester.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors we guarantee a minimum $5,000 per semester scholarship to all TESOL and Teaching Foreign Language (TFL) students joining our community in 2018.

You may also receive additional merit and need-based scholarships depending on the strength of your application or financial situation.

Your Language of Study

We provide professional teacher preparation for all languages, but most commonly offer training for careers focused on Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. In addition to the TFL program at the Institute, we offer two degree options with the 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 program will give you the skills and expertise to set yourself apart as you launch your language education career. Our alumni are teachers, program directors, curriculum developers, assessment specialists, and teacher educators in the U.S. and around the world. They work at universities, community colleges, K–12 schools, and other language education programs. Many of our alumni have also gone on to PhD programs at prestigious institutions such as Harvard, Oxford, and Georgetown.

Advanced Entry

If you have completed course work in applied linguistics or language teacher education, you may be eligible for our advanced entry degrees. These require fewer credits to graduate, giving you greater flexibility to take more electives or complete a specialization in three semesters instead of four.


Unlike other schools, we offer the opportunity to add a career-oriented specialization to your required TFL courses:

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Both TESOL and TFL students have opportunities to put theory into practice through language education internships and professional experiences both here on campus and around the world. Opportunities include the following:


Founded by students in 2009, BUILD offers free beginning-level classes in any language. The program helps TESOL and TFL students hone their teaching skills in an informal, low-pressure environment.

On Campus

Students have multiple teaching and tutoring opportunities through our Summer Intensive Language Programs, Custom Language Services, and the graduate writing center.

Leo van Lier Lecture Series

The Institute attracts highly respected speakers in applied linguistics and in language education, including linguistic anthropologist Shirley Brice Heath, second-language education expert Roy Lyster, and Hispanic linguistics specialist Kim Potowski.

News Stories

Hannah Silverstein


Fast Fact: I can count to ten in eight different languages — English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, Japanese, Spanish, German, and French.

"I feel lucky to be part of a cohort that is so supportive and encouraging of each other."

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Chelsea Wicks



Fast Fact: I grew up on a nature preserve in Kentucky! I definitely had more animal friends than people friends until elementary school.

"I feel like a sponge soaking in all the unique experiences, skills, and personalities of my colleagues."

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Abraham Leach

Fast Fact: I've done a 500 mile bike ride down the California coast twice.

"The Spanish professors, as well as the TFL/TESOL professors here, are excellent role models that help me figure out what type of language teacher I aspire to be."

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Darrin Griffin

You probably wouldn't guess that I graduated from culinary school. I am as passionate about food as I am about languages...almost.

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