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World Languages and Cultures
Specific Degree Requirements
The Master of Arts in World Languages combines a graduate master’s degree with licensure to teach in the public schools. Students with the requisite background will be able to teach one or two foreign languages at the secondary level, or a foreign language and another high school subject such as History, Geography, or Math. The program actively seeks to license teachers for the critical languages language (Arabic, Chinese, Hindi/Urdu, Japanese, Korean, Persian/Farsi, and Russian). Students in the program, and in particular those seeking certification in a critical language, will be strongly encouraged to participate in an intensive language study abroad program.
The purpose of the MA programs is two-fold: first, to offer a graduate degree in foreign language teaching that equips candidates with excellent foreign language and pedagogy skills, and with solid subject matter knowledge; and second, to produce public school teachers who are able to teach one or two foreign languages, and in particular critical languages, or a foreign language and a high school subject. For more information please click here.
Minimum Degree Hours: 30 graduate credit hours
National accreditation of the UITE teacher education program (licensure grantor) through TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council)
The WLMA program combines the World Languages MA degree in the Department of World Languages and Cultures with the secondary licensure program in the Urban Institute for Teacher Education. The WLMA program is designed to offer licensure in a wide variety of foreign languages that are taught in the public schools.
The MA in World Languages with Secondary Teaching Licensure is designed for students who have completed one of the following:
• BA in a foreign language: Classics, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish
• BA in area studies: Asian, International, Latin American, Middle Eastern
• BA in a subject taught in Utah secondary schools, and proficiency in a foreign language
• BA in ESL/TESOL, and proficiency in a foreign language
• MA in Languages & Literature, World Languages & Cultures, or Linguistics, and are interested in teaching in the public schools
Six core and licensure courses, three language area courses, and licensure sequence (9 credit hours) with student teaching (12 credit hours).
MA Core and Licensure Courses (12 credit hours)
- WLC 5410 - L2 Methodology 3 Credit(s) Meets with LING 5810 (First fall)
May be substituted with Ling 6810/Lang 6410
- LING 6812 - Content-Based Language Teaching 3 Credit(s) (First fall)
- LING 6816 - Course & Curriculum Development 3 Credit(s)
- ECS 5645 - Assessment of Linguistically Diverse Populations 3 Credit(s) Meets with ECS 6645 (Spring)
- LING 6818 - Second Language Test Design 3 Credit(s) (assessment)
A Minimum of Three M.A. Language Area Courses
Students should seek 6000-level courses whenever possible, but may enroll in upper division undergraduate (3000-5000) depending on their language area, and with approval from the advisor. Graduate course numbers are often available for language courses.
Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish: Courses offered in the Middle East Center and in World Languages and Cultures
French, German or Spanish: Courses offered in World Languages and Cultures
Chinese, Classics, Italian, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese or Russian: Undergraduate programs in World Languages and Cultures
Asian Studies: Undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Humanities and other colleges
Latin America Studies: Undergraduate programs in the College of Humanities and others
ESL: Courses offered in the Department of Linguistics
For detailed information on the licensure requirements, click here.
To obtain their Utah licensure, students will have to achieve at least an Advanced Low OPI rating for teaching at the secondary level, and Advanced Mid for teaching dual language immersion.