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Foreign Language Education, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #47 (BCR) Pittsburgh, PA, United States
The University of Pittsburgh, School of Education, offers a post-baccalaureate program for Foreign Language teacher certification (grades K-12), the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program.


Certification Studies are available in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, or Latin. Native speakers of the language of certification are not exempt from prerequisite course work in the culture, civilization literature, and structure of their language. Applicants who are non-native speakers of the language of certification are also required to achieve at least an Advanced-Low rating on an oral proficiency interview by an individual certified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Details of the MAT program are outlined below:

  • requires Teaching Interns to pass the Written Proficiency Test (WPT) in the language of certification during the first semester of their program in order to attain the Intern Certificate. The WPT, in combination with the OPI (part of the admissions process), fulfills the Praxis II requirements for the state—this is the preferred way of satisfying the Praxis II requirements. Please note that this applies to all foreign language candidates with the exception of those students pursuing certification in Latin—because no OPI or WPT in Latin is available, students pursuing this option must satisfy Praxis II requirements in taking and passing the standard Content Knowledge test in Latin.

  • satisfies the requirements for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate (pending passing scores on the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) and national PRAXIS II Exam of Fundamental Content Knowledge, successful completion of the PA Statewide Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice (PDE 430), and satisfactory performance in courses and student teaching)

  • is completed in three terms (fall, spring, summer 1 session) beginning in late August of the admission year and concluding in mid-June of the following year

  • consists of 36 credits of graduate course work combined with a maximum 4.5 day per week internship in a local school district from September through June

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Conversation and Advanced Conversation
  • Composition/Writing
  • Stylistics
  • Phonetics
  • Grammar

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Completed School of Education Admissions Application.

  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (USD) by credit card, check, or money order payable to 'University of Pittsburgh'.

  • An official transcript from each institution attended.

  • Official, third-party evaluation of all international transcripts for applicants who have not received a master's degree within the United States. We strongly recommend using World Education Services (WES) to complete this service.

  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum QPA of 3.0.

  • A copy of the spring registration form if enrolled in spring term courses .

Tuition Fee

  • International

    38736 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 38736 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    38736 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 38736 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    22846 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22846 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Pittsburgh

  • 1148 - 1950 USD/month
    Living Costs

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