UMass Amherst is the only institution in Massachusetts that offers a teacher licensure program in Italian studies. Our master of arts in teaching in Italian is a professional degree that prepares you to become an outstanding educator in secondary schools. It combines essential aspects of the field of education studies with the academic tradition of the MA degree. About half of the required courses are taught in the College of Education and the other half in Italian studies.

Applicants to our Italian studies MAT program usually have a BA degree with a major in Italian, but anyone with a related major and adequate preparation will also be considered. Students typically complete the program in two to three years, but their last semester is always dedicated to hands-on training known as the practicum, an essential component of all the commonwealth’s educator preparation programs. During that semester, students work alongside an Italian teacher in a Massachusetts high school. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to earn a teaching license in Italian for grades 5–12.