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Master of Science in Teaching (MST) Foreign Language Education (7-12)

Department of Secondary Education

Department phone number: (607) 436-3075


Faculty: Dennis Banks, Chair of Secondary Education, Gustavo Arango, Paul Bischoff, Carol Dean, Nathan Gonyea, Dawn Hamlin, Achim Koeddermann, Joan Marshall, Maria Cristina Montoya, Daniel Nahson, Elizabeth Small, Loli Tsan

Purpose: The MST in Foreign Language Education is designed to serve candidates who wish to teach a foreign language at the high school and middle school levels (Grades 7-12). Candidates will have earned a bachelor’s degree majoring in a specific foreign language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, German, Italian), or its equivalent, prior to admission to this Master’s in Teaching program.

Structure and Content: The structure of the program is to provide intensive coursework in the summer sessions, and then a semester of pedagogy and a semester of clinical experiences.

The state requirement of 100 hours of field experience prior to student teaching will partially be me through admission requirements and partially met through the field experiences assigned to FLED 592, the methods course. Additional state required content will be presented via EDUC 213.

Admissions Requirements

All students applying for admission to degree status are required to:

  1. Submit a completed application and the non-refundable application fee.
  2. Submit an official transcript of an earned Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college which documents a major or its equivalent in a language other than English. This degree should be earned within five years of the application.
  3. Have achieved an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.0 in the major field during the last two years of undergraduate work.
  4. Submit scores of L2 proficiency on the Oral Proficiency Interview.
  5. Complete FLAN 250 or submit documentation attesting to 50 hours of supervised foreign language classroom observation and participation. FLAN 250 is an online course, requiring 50 hours in classrooms where the language(s) of certification sought are taught. Students needing to take FLAN 250 should register for it prior to submitting their application.
  6. Submit three letters of reference.
  7. Submit an essay in the language for which certification is sought explaining how you learned a language other than your native language, what teaching practices made your learning successful and what challenges do students learning a second language face.
  8. Complete a personal on-campus interview that will include an assessment of oral proficiency.

Admission is competitive and meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee acceptance. Applications are due March 1st of the year prior to a May starting date. Applications are reviewed upon receipt by the department chair on the basis of a rolling admissions policy. Any applicants who are not accepted may submit an appeal that is reviewed by the Education Executive Committee.

Entrance to Candidacy

Candidate status is granted to enrolled students when they enter FLED 592. Candidates will be reviewed for appropriate dispositions for classroom teachers as defined in the Education Department conceptual framework. Entrance to FLED 592 will require an overall 3.0 average and grades of B or better in the FLAN language course.

Degree Requirements: M.S. in Teaching –
Foreign Language Education (7-12)

1. A minimum of 40 s.h. of planned and approved course work as follows.

2. The program has been designed as a one year graduate program. For the program to be completed in one year, the required courses need to be taken in the following sequence:

FLED 512 L2 Acquisition and Literacy


EDUC 506 Introduction to Educational Research


EPSY 551 Advanced Adolescent Development


FLAN 594 Special Topics


FLED 592 Advanced Research Theory and Practice


EPSY 532 Cognition Motivation in Instruction


FLAN 510 Linguistics for FL Education


SPED 510 Foundations of Special Education


EDUC 213 Education Law**


FLED 600 Student Teaching


EPSY 525 Measurement and Appraisal for Teachers ~or~


EPSY 515 Measurement in Instruction



Total 40-41 s.h.

** required of students who do not have documentation for Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Certificate, Violence Prevention and Intervention Seminar, and Dignity for All Students training.

3. Minimum GPA of 3.0

4. Students must fulfill all degree requirements within six years and finish a minimum of 31 credits in residence.

5. A passing grade for the FLED 600, Student Teaching, is required for graduation from the program.

All College policies and procedures found in this Graduate Catalog will apply to students enrolled in this program.

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