Greek and Latin M.A.T.

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


The M.A.T. is designed for 2 groups of people: those who already have licensure as secondary school teachers (but wish a higher qualification); 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 2 years of each); a reading knowledge of a modern foreign language—especially German, French, or Italian—is highly recommended.

Minimum Degree Requirements

Those who already have licensure must complete a minimum of 30 credits of work, with at least 18 in the field of specialization (Latin, Greek and Classical Civilization courses) and at least 6 in education (consult with advisor in education). Those who are seeking licensure must complete at least 21 credits in the field of specialization and at least 30 credits in education (consult with advisor in education). In both cases at least 6 credits of coursework must be at the 6000-level.

In all cases, the individual program of study must be approved by advisors in Classics (for the Latin and related credits) and in Education (for the education credits).

Course requirements in Latin, Greek, or Classical Civilization include:

Students must complete 30 credits of Latin. The following substitutions may be possible at the discretion of the Classics faculty: 1 5000-level or higher course in Roman (or Greek) history; 1 5000-level or higher course in Roman (or Greek) Art History; and 5000-level Greek courses.
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 the following specialization Exams:

  • Latin sight translation Exam, to be taken at the end of the second semester (retaken, if needed, in the week before the start of third semester).

  • Ancient History (emphasis on Roman, but including Greek and, if appropriate, Near Eastern History).

  • Literature and Philology. 
  • Oral examination taken at the conclusion of the teaching Practicum.

The format of the Comprehensive Examinations is at the discretion of the faculty. Students pursuing licensure are strongly encouraged to complete these exams before the end of the second semester, if possible (candidates will be fully occupied by education requirements in their second year, and Classics 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.