Foreign Language Education


Teaching foreign language can be vastly rewarding, both in terms of the impact you have on your students and the value it creates for your own career.

The Curry Impact

If you are an undergraduate student interested in preK–12 teaching, we offer our Foreign Language post-graduate master's of teaching degree (PGMT), a one-year program with a focus on Spanish, French, or German. It includes a Master’s degree along with licensure and endorsement.

Students can also earn an M.Ed., Ed.S., or Ed.D. degree in Foreign Language. They are offered in conjunction with Curriculum & Instruction in which Foreign Language is an emphasis area in the Curriculum & Instruction framework.

If your interest in Foreign Language Education involves teaching English in a classroom setting to English Language Learners from other cultures, Curry offers an add-on ESOL endorsement taken in conjunction with licensure studies in Foreign Language or Elementary Education. If you’re especially interested in Latin Education, you should contact Dr. Ruth Ferree.

Careers

Students earning a PGMT degree who intend to become middle or high school teachers can expect to have several job opportunities.  M.Ed and Ed.S. graduates teach foreign languages or are involved in the curriculum and instruction of foreign language programs at community colleges, four-year colleges and universities. Many of our Ed.D. graduates have gone on to positions in PreK-12 settings, higher education, foundations, NGOs and government agencies.

Explore Our Degrees

Choosing the right degree is critical to supporting your ultimate career goals, but with so many options the choice may not be obvious. Let us help guide you through your choices.

  • MT—Foreign Language


    If you aspire to become a Spanish, French, German or Latin teacher in elementary, middle or high school, you can earn a Master of Teaching (MT) degree from Curry with licensure and endorsement in Foreign Language or Latin Education. NEW PROGRAM CHANGE - The Curry Teacher Education program is pleased to announce the conversion of its secondary education program to a one-year Post-Graduate Master of Teaching (PGMT) starting May 2018. The one-year program will offer an intensive, field-based curriculum centered on high-leverage teaching practices. This program will replace the current B/MT and two-year PGMT models.

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  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Education


    Earning an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction provides you with a strong foundational knowledge of curriculum and instruction principles and the opportunity to explore educational assessment concepts. With this rigorous graduate degree, you can also select an emphasis on Foreign Language Education. If you already hold initial license, you might complete coursework for an endorsement in ESOL. At the Curry School, we also offer the opportunity to earn your M.Ed. degree online.

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  • Ed.S. in Curriculum & Instruction


    Our Ed.S. in Curriculum & Instruction is a terminal graduate program designed for the professional educator. Its 30-hour (minimum) requirements can be completed either full- or part-time. You can also select an emphasis in Foreign Language Education.

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  • Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction


    By earning an Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, you prepare for employment as a curriculum specialist, faculty member or educational consultant to develop policies related to curriculum and the education of professionals. You can also select an emphasis in Foreign Language Education.

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  • Ph.D. in Education - Language Education in Multilingual Contexts


    The Language Education in Multilingual Contexts (LEMC) Ph.D. concentration provides opportunities for students to pursue research interests related to teaching and learning in preK-12 second language, foreign/world language, and bi/multilingual educational settings. There are several unique benefits of this degree at the Curry School.

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