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  • Program Overview

    Master of Arts in Teaching German

    The Master of Arts in Teaching is designed as a course of study leading to New York State certification for teaching German in the secondary schools (grades 7-12), with an extension option for grades 5-6 . This program, which is offered in collaboration with the University's Department of European Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the School of Professional Development, and the Professional Education Program , is designed for those who have little or no previous coursework in education or formal classroom teaching experience.

  • Admissions

    Master of Arts in Teaching Admissions

    This program is not currently accepting applications. Interested applicants should contact the Director, Dr. Sarah Jourdain.

    A. Application essay. 

    B. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores.

    C. A bachelor’s degree with an academic major (or a minimum of 36 credits) in the program language. Transcript must reflect a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA as well as a 3.0 minimum GPA in language studies.

    D. Three letters of recommendation. Two of the three recommendations must be from faculty with whom you have completed a course of study at the college level. It would be preferable that these faculty be in the area of your major.

    E. In those cases where the departmental admissions committee deems it desirable, personal interviews with departmental representatives may be necessary.

     

     

  • Degree Requirements

    Requirements for the MAT in German

    The degree program consists of 47 credits, distributed among the areas listed below. Unless otherwise noted, each course is three credits. All degree requirements must be completed within five (5) years from the semester date of admission as a matriculated student.

    1. LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE
    15 credits; courses not listed are selected with the approval of a departmental advisor

    GER 504 German Cultural History
    GER 506 Advanced Stylistics

    Plus, one of the following courses: 

    GER 557 History of the German Language
    GER 539 Constrative Structures: German-English
    GER 558 Middle High German

    Plus, two additional graduate-level GER literature courses.

    2. PROFESSIONAL STUDIES IN EDUCATION  - 26 credits

    CEE 505 Education: Theory and Practice
    CEF 547 Principles and Practices of Special Education 
    PSY 595 Human Development
    FLA 505 Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages
    FLA 506 Portfolio Development (prerequisite FLA 505)
    FLA 507 Critical Pedagogy or FLA 540 Foreign Language Acquisition Research 
    FLA 549 Field Experience I—Grades 7-9 (one credit; corequisite FLA 505)
    FLA 550 Field Experience II—Grades 10-12 (one credit; corequisite FLA 506) 
    FLA 554 Student Teaching Seminar (prerequisites FLA 505, 506, & 540; corequisites FLA 551 & FLA 552) 
    FLA 571 Technology and Education or FLA 507 Critical Pedagogy

    3. FIELD EXPERIENCE AND CLINICAL PRACTICE

    Students will be required to complete 100 clock hours of field experience related to coursework prior to student teaching or practica. These experiences include practicing skills for interacting with parents, experiences in high-need schools, and experiences with each of the following student populations: socio-economically disadvantaged students, students who are English Language Learners, and students with disabilities.

    4. SUPERVISED STUDENT TEACHING - 6 credits

    Prior to student teaching , students must participate in an official ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) and receive a minimum spoken proficiency rating of Advanced-Low as defined in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines-Speaking (1999). Students must contact Language Testing International (LTI) and arrange for either a face-to-face OPI or a phone interview.

    Courses:
    FLA 551 Supervised Student Teaching High School Grades 10-12: Foreign Languages (prerequisites FLA 505, 506, and 540; corequisites FLA 552 and 554)
    FLA 552 Supervised Student Teaching Middle School Grades 7-9: Foreign Languages (prerequisites FLA 505, 506, and 540; corequisites FLA 551 and FLA 554)

    5. WRITTEN PROJECT

    Students in all degree programs will be required to complete a four-week foreign language teaching module specifically designed for the Supervised Student Teaching project.


    TEACHER CERTIFICATION

    The Master of Arts in Teaching is a New York State registered and approved program that qualifies students for license upon successful degree completion. Students must complete all courses required for the MAT and must receive a grade of B or better in all pedagogy and foundation courses as well as an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all course work attempted while matriculated in a graduate teacher preparation program.

    In addition, all teacher preparation candidates must be fingerprinted and must also complete certification workshops in:

    • Child Abuse
    • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) 
    • School Violence (Project Save)

    See  Certification and Licensing Workshops  for details and schedules.

    Also, all students will have to complete the ALST (Academic Literacy Skills Test), Educating All Students Test, and the revised CST (Content Specialty Test) in the area of the Certificate. Please check with the MAT program director for specific requirements.

  • Facilities
  • Faculty

    Faculty

    Program faculty are drawn from the departments of  Department of European Languages, Literatures and Cultures and Linguistics, as well as from the Professional Education Program.

  • Contact

    Master of Arts in Teaching German

    Director of the Foreign Language Teacher Preparation Program
    Sarah Jourdain, 1055 Humanities (631) 632-7440 Sarah.Jourdain@stonybrook.edu

    Faculty Advisor for the MAT in German
    Robert Bloomer, 1143 Humanities (631) 632-7369 Robert.Bloomer@stonybrook.edu

    Degree Awarded
    Master of Arts in Teaching German

    Website
    http://www.stonybrook.edu/spd/graduate/matfl.html

    Application

    This program is not currently accepting applications. Interested applicants should contact the Director, Dr. Sarah Jourdain (contact information above).

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