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Greek and Latin M.A.T.

All students must meet the Requirements for the Master's Degree


The M.A.T. is designed for two groups of people: those who already have licensure as secondary school teachers and those who do not yet have licensure.

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Arts in Teaching

An undergraduate major or minor or the equivalent in Greek, Latin, or Classics; most importantly Greek and Latin language skills sufficient to take advanced courses (usually at least two years of each); a reading knowledge of a modern foreign language, usually French, German, or Italian is highly recommended.

Minimum Degree Requirements

Those who already have licensure must complete a minimum of thirty credits of work, with at least twenty-one in the field of specialization (Latin and related subjects) and at least six in education (consult with advisor in education). Those who are seeking licensure must complete at least twenty-one credits in the field of specialization and at least thirty credits in education (consult with advisor in education).

In all cases, the individual program of study must be approved by advisors in classics for the field of specialization credits and in education for the education credits. The twenty-one credits in the field of specialization will consist primarily of Latin courses, but also Greek and classics courses.

Course requirements for the twenty-one credits in Latin, Classics, or Greek are as follows:

Students must complete twenty-one credits of Latin at or above the 200-level, including one course from the LAT 211/LAT 212 sequence, with the following possible exceptions: one 200-level or higher course in Roman (or Greek) history, one 200-level or higher course in Roman (or Greek) Art History, and 200-level Greek courses may count, all at the discretion of the Classics faculty.21
A second foreign language is strongly recommended, either a modern one as a second teaching field, or Greek as a complement to Latin.
The standards of performance in courses taken with the Department of Classics will be the same as for the M.A. in Greek and Latin.

Description and Timing of Comprehensive Examination

Students must take comprehensive exams in their field of specialization as well as in education. Please consult with education for details about their comprehensive exam. The student must pass general comprehensive exams before the degree may be granted including:

  • a written examination in Latin,
  • an examination in ancient history (emphasis on Roman, but including Greek and, if appropriate, Near Eastern History),
  • an examination in literature and philology, and
  • an oral examination on the pedagogy of Latin.

The Latin examination will be taken at the end of the Spring semester of the first year of study, (with a retake, if needed, in the week before the start of the first semester of the second year of study), the pedagogy examination at the conclusion of the practice teaching. For the ancient history examination, appropriate courses in ancient history may be substituted, if formally approved by classics faculty in advance. For the examination in literature and philology, the final examination in GKLT 300 Proseminar may be substituted. Substitutions are at the discretion of the faculty; they are not simply normal procedure. Written confirmation of specific substitutions after consultation with the graduate coordinator and relevant faculty is advised.

The format of the exams is at the discretion of the faculty. For students pursuing licensure, although students are not required to do so, it is by far best to complete these exams before the end of the second semester, because the student will be occupied fully by education requirements in the second year, and faculty are not available to administer exams in the summer.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Arts in Teaching

Completion of the above requirements.