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 Master's is a non-thesis option and involves 36 graduate hours (12 courses). Students may begin the degree in any term--summer, spring or fall.
Students in the program can study part-time or full-time on campus in Boone, but we also offer various options for working professionals and off-campus students who need online and/or evening courses. At least one class each semester is scheduled after 5pm, and students who live or work more than 1 hour from campus can participate in these courses via videoconference. Often, our evening classes are designed in a hybrid format where some of the coursework can be completed asynchronously online.
This combination of online and face-to-face meetings, together with summer course offerings, allows us to offer a high-quality, interactive program to students who are teaching or otherwise employed during the day.
Full-time on-campus students are eligible for graduate assistantships both in the department and across campus that provide valuable work experience for those interested in teaching and/or working in higher education.
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.
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