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Graduate Program Inquiries

Michael Papio
Graduate Program Director
Herter 309
(413) 545-2314 [email]

Graduate Program

The Italian Studies Program currently offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), which is a pre-professional degree for those planning to teach in secondary schools.

Students whose preparation is deficient in certain areas may be required to do remedial work once admitted to the program, but such work may not be counted toward the degree. Students transferring from other institutions may be granted up to nine semester hours toward the M.A.T. A terminal examination follows the completion of coursework. A brief outline of the M.A. level degree requirements follows. More detailed information can be obtained by contacting the Graduate Program Director.

You can also find abundant information (and an application form) online.

M.A.T. Degree Requirements

A. Six Italian Studies courses (18 cr) selected in consultation with and approved by the M.A.T. Committee for Italian. These must include:

  • 500 level courses in Italian
  • one elective at 500 level or above outside the Department by special arrangement
  • a maximum of two advanced Italian courses at Smith College or Mt. Holyoke College (with proper permission)
  • an advanced course at 400 level or above in another foreign language (with proper permission)

B. 26 credits in courses required by the College of Education:

  • Italian Education 500U: Student Teaching (6 cr) to be taken concurrently with
    • French 597E: The Teacher in the Middle and High School Classroom (2 cr) and
    • Education 615J: Education and the Law (1 cr)
  • Education 524: The Work of the Middle and High School Teacher (3 cr)
  • French 572: Basic Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages (3 cr)
  • French 573: Advanced Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages (3 cr)
  • Education 592S: Microteaching: Pre Practicum field experience (2 cr)
  • Education 597R: Leadership Tutoring in the Schools (3 cr)
  • Education 693I: Psychology in the Classroom (3 cr)

Teaching Certificate

Individuals who have earned a Bachelor's degree in one or more foreign languages and would like to teach these languages at levels 5-12 may complete all the requirements for an initial license in two to three semesters of study. The first semesters consist of course work and the final semester is devoted to student teaching. Six graduate credits earned in this program can transfer to the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Applications for the program are available in the Educator Information Office, 121 Furcolo Hall. For initial information, candidates should contact the Educator Information Office at 413-545-2002 or send an email to