M.A.Ed - Secondary Education (Foreign Language)

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Graduate students in Secondary Education, Foreign Language complete a 41-semester hour program that includes educational foundations course work, methods courses in foreign language subject fields, and student teaching experiences. Visit the M.A.Ed. Foreign Language Education program for course descriptions and sequence.

Students must successfully complete a baccalaureate degree in French, German, Spanish, or Latin before beginning the program. Non-majors may qualify for the foreign language education program by completing 30 semester hours above the intermediate level in the foreign language.

Native Speakers

Native speakers of the foreign language must complete the following requirements in lieu of completing a major in the language: 

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - If English is not the native language, students must achieve a minimum score of 100 on the internet version of the exam (or comparable score on other versions of the exam.)  TOEFL scores MUST be submitted with the application, even if a degree was earned from a U.S. institution.
  2. Achieve a rating of no less than Advanced Low on the ACTFL scale on both the Written Proficiency Test (WPT) and the Oral Proficiency Test (OPT). This test can be taken after admission to the program.
  3. Provide evidence of post-secondary courses in the foreign language that include study of the language at advanced levels, linguistics, grammar/composition, culture (inclusive of history and geography), and literature.
Field Experiences

In addition to your coursework, you will spend time in real classrooms throughout the program:

Fall practicum: You’ll be placed in a local school with a cooperating teacher mentor to complete a minimum of 60 hours of observation and interaction. Coursework is linked to the practica experiences, with faculty supporting students as they become immersed in the classroom.

Spring student teaching: Students continue working in the same classroom for their spring student teaching experience. This full-time teaching internship provides an intensive and critical component of your preparation as a teacher.

Licensure Requirements

Students who wish to teach a Foreign Language in public secondary schools must have a state license to do so. To be eligible for a state license, students must successfully complete a baccalaureate degree in a Foreign Language or have the equivalent in coursework in a Foreign Language, complete the course requirements of the Secondary Foreign Language program, pass all testing requirements, and complete the specific subject area requirements required by the state. Students who are accepted into the M.A.Ed. program with undergraduate program deficiencies must complete course work to remove these deficiencies before they are eligible for licensure.


  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test: Reading, Writing and Mathematics or appropriate substitution
  • Praxis II: Subject Assessment Test
  • Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)

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Modern Foreign Languages Subject Matter Contact

[[jachen, Jason Chen]]
Assistant Professor
(757) 221-6201