About This Masters Degree
Teacher Preparation Programs in Foreign Language/Latin
The Warner School’s teacher preparation program in foreign language/Latin prepares individuals for entry-level teaching positions and advanced teacher certification. Graduates of our program become French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Latin teachers who make languages engaging for students.
The need for citizens to be competent in other languages is greater today as globalization, mobility, and communications are bringing the world closer together than ever before. In addition to developing thinking and language skills, learning a foreign language exposes children and adolescents to new ways of looking at the world.
At Warner, we prepare foreign language teachers who find innovative ways to make language meaningful, authentic, and relevant to their students. They have real enthusiasm for and knowledge of the language and culture they are teaching, and they know how to translate that passion to their students. And, they help students discover that learning a foreign language is more than memorizing the words.
Our graduates become teachers who are committed to helping their students understand the larger world and learn about a culture through the lens of another language. They also help students understand global issues related to languages and cultures. These powerful experiences give students the knowledge and skills they need to understand the larger world.
Whether you are interested in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, or Latin, our foreign language education program offers exciting opportunities and flexibility to explore your interests. Through coursework, field experiences, and projects, the program can be tailored to focus on a specific language or multiple languages.
Our program aims to prepare teachers who understand that learning a foreign language includes communicative competence, cultural expertise, and mastery of the structural complexities of a language. Throughout the program, our graduate students deepen their understanding of linguistics, foreign languages, and language acquisition while learning innovative and effective ways to teach it. They become classroom teachers who create curriculum and instruction around authentic materials, contexts, and purposes that engage students in the language and culture while also learning about the world. And, they also bridge planning and teaching strategies with theory and research that supports them, and they are familiar with best practices for teaching a given foreign language.
Social justice is lived out in foreign language classrooms as Warner faculty and graduates are committed to giving all students access to high-quality foreign language education. They understand how to develop appropriate curriculum and instructional strategies for meeting the diverse needs of students from every background. And, they seek out and develop habits of a reflective practitioner and collaborate with other professionals to improve learning opportunities for all students.
New York State Teaching Certifications
To teach foreign language/Latin in secondary schools in New York State, you need to obtain NYS Initial Teaching Certification in Adolescence Education (grades 7-12) as a specialist in a particular foreign language/Latin. Professional Certification and a master’s degree are also eventually required. Our Warner foreign language/Latin teacher preparation program will provide you with all the coursework needed to apply for both NYS certifications as part of a master’s degree. Provided you have the necessary content background, our program also allows you to pursue more than one certification at the same time and with minimal additional credits.
Prerequisites for entry-level teachers teaching a foreign language or Latin include a bachelor’s degree with a major in a liberal art or science and 30 credits of coursework (at either the undergraduate or graduate level) in the subject matter of specialization. If you have questions about whether you have the prerequisites to enter the program, please contact the Admissions Office. Please check the detailed program of study for the program you are considering for specific prerequisites and other requirements for certification.
We expect students entering our teacher preparation programs to have already fulfilled these prerequisites. If this is not the case, you may still be allowed to enter our programs at the discretion of your advisor; you will, however, have to take the needed coursework before the end of the program in order to be recommended for certification to the New York State Education Department. Some subject matter courses taken at the graduate level can be used as electives in a master's program, provided that they are taken at the graduate level and have been approved by your advisor as part of your program of study.
No doubt you had a teacher who took a genuine interest, who really opened your eyes to the possibilities. You can become that teacher: The one who creates a classroom where spirits soar and success is the expectation.
At Warner, you’ll grow into a thoughtful practitioner with a deep understanding ofyour subject and the best way to teach it. You
will develop an approach that is grounded in current research and authentic practices, that promotes social justice and supports students’ growth and development.
And you’ll do it quicker. A teaching degree from the Warner School can be completed in just 15 months. (Most take two years.) Classes begin in May, right after graduation, and run through the following August. And since New York has some of the toughest certifications around, you can take what you’ve learned just about anywhere.
Prerequisites for entry-level teachers teaching a foreign language or Latin include a bachelor’s degree with a major in a liberal art or science and 30 credits of coursework (at either the undergraduate or graduate level) in the subject matter of specialization. See https://www.warner.rochester.edu/admissions/