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  Sep 21, 2017
 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog

Latin and Classical Humanities, MA (Initial Licensure track)


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The MA in Latin and Classical Humanities/Licensure Track is a program that offers graduate study in Latin and an initial teaching license (grades 5-12). The program consists of courses in Latin and teaching methods given by the Classics Department and education courses offered by the College of Education and Human Development. A special focus of the Classics Department is the use of active methodologies for teaching the Latin language.

The Classics Component (15 credits)


Fifteen credits to be earned in Latin, chosen from among graduate Latin semi­nars and Latin electives. 

With prior permission of the graduate program director, students with exceptionally strong background in the Latin language and literature may be allowed to substitute an applied linguistics, education or graduate-level Greek class for one of these.

The Capstone (3 credits)


A set of two rigorous comprehensive exams is required. One will test facility In Latin language and the other will be based on selected readings in Latin literature and will test mastery of pedagogical theory and practice.

Licensure Requirements


Students must take and pass the necessary MTEL exams (Communications and Literacy; Latin and Classical Humanities) before they will be permitted to begin their practicum.

Students must also complete 75 hours of observation (pre-practicum experience) in a variety of school settings.

Conventiculum Bostoniense


The Conventiculum Bostoniense is a full-immersion residential experience. It is specifically designed for teachers in schools and universities who want to gain some ability to communicate ex-tempore in living Latin on a wide range of subjects. Participants will enhance and develop their own abilities to express themselves in Latin, both orally and in writing, and at the same time will explore various ways to employ active Latin in the classroom to enhance the learning experience of their students. After the first evening’s arrival and orientation session, participants will speak Latin exclusively with one another and the faculty for seven days. Two different graduate-level courses are offered during the Conventiculum, one for first-time attendees and one for returning participants. Days are filled with instructional activities, including sessions focused on oral expression or prose composition; opportunities for social interaction (particularly at meals and in the dormitories); and excursions to the beach and local attractions, including museums and a brewery or winery.

Admission Requirements


Please see the general statement of admission requirements for all graduate studies programs in the “Admissions” section of this publication.

Applicants for the MA in Latin and Classical Humanities must meet the following additional requirements:

  1. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade point average in undergraduate work and any prior graduate-level work, with a minimum of 3.25 in the major field.
  2. Applicants are expected to present an undergraduate major in classical language, or its equivalent. Students with deficiencies in their Latin preparation (and Greek preparation for applicants to the Greek/Latin track) may be admitted provisionally and required to take Latin (and/or Greek) courses at the undergraduate level before full admission to the program.
  3. Applicants are required to present strong scores on the general Graduate Record Examination.
  4. An interview should be arranged, whenever feasible.

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