Master of Arts Degree in Romance Languages, French or Spanish Teaching
Program Information

Appalachian State University offers Master’s Degrees in Romance Languages with specializations in French or Spanish Teaching.  Within each language, candidates can specialize to focus on K-12 or College Teaching. The teaching Masters is a non-thesis option and involves 36 graduate hours (12 courses). Students may begin the degree in any semester--summer, spring or fall.

MA Candidates in French can attend an on-campus Summer Institute in July. MA Candidates in Spanish can study full-time on campus in Boone and may attend an on-campus Summer Institute in July.  

For professionals working during the day, at least one Fall and Spring class is scheduled weekly in the evenings (5:30-8:00 PM). This allows students to attend in a block format once per week. For candidates who meet the enrollment and commuting criteria (generally, those who work longer than 1 1/2 hours from campus) can participate in select courses in an online/hybrid format.

This combination of online and face-to-face meetings, together with summer institute offerings, allows us to offer a high-quality, interactive program to students who are teaching or otherwise employed during the day.

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Courses are distributed in three areas:

  1. All students take two required LLC courses that are offered in alternate years:
    • Fall, even years: LLC 5601, Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition
    • Fall, odd years: LLC 5590, Issues in Teaching Foreign Languages and Cultures
    K-12 candidates also take the Product of Learning: LLC 5525, a course which helps to structure
    the final project required for the degree.
  2. All students take two professional education courses instructed by Appalachian’s Reich College of Education.
    K-12 teachers take 2 courses focused on children and schools
         - Advanced Topics in Diversity       - Teacher Leadership and School Improvement
    Community College candidates select 2 courses for working with adults, such as
         - The Adult Learner                       -Higher Education Internship

  3. All remaining coursework for the MA degree are “elective” courses.  
    The elective courses are rotated through the fall, spring and summer. 
    K-12 teachers take 7 electives. 
    Community College candidates take 8 electives. 

If you are ready, begin the Online Application

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Every fall the department co-hosts the Latin American Film Series. An event open to students, faculty and the public in general. Admission is free. Schedule information of the films is posted on the first week of August.


Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Sanford Hall
225 Locust Street
ASU Box 32063
Boone, NC 28608-2063
(828) 262-3095 (office)
(828) 262-7079 (fax)

DLLC Department Chair 
Dr. James Fogelquist 
520 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-3096 

DLLC Assistant Chair
Dr. Catherine Fountain
529 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-2308 

DLLC Administrative Assistant
Ms. Cindy Trivette
521 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-3095 

LARC Director
Dr. Paul Sebastian
524 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-2932

UNC World Language Exchange

The World Language exchange was created in 2013 to manage the sharing of less commonly taught languages across the UNC system. This exchange offers access to a variety of languages such as Persian, Cherokee and Ancient Greek as well as courses that explore culture.

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