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Masters Program

The Department of World Languages & Cultures offers three Master of Arts degrees:

  • World Languages & Cultures MA - specializations in Comparative Literary & Cultural Studies, French, & Spanish
  • MA in Spanish Language Pedagogy
  • World Languages MA (WLMA)

World Languages & Cultures MA

The Master of Arts in World Languages & Cultures is available with specializations in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (CLCS), French, or Spanish. Please see the links below for more information on each emphasis.

Comparative Literary & Cultural Studies



Language Pedagogy MA (MALP)

The Master of Arts in Spanish Language Pedagogy (MALP) exposes the student of Spanish to three main areas of study: language pedagogy, second language acquisition, and the literature and culture of the target area. The course of study focuses on developing professional skills and enabling students to critically evaluate and apply literature and research in the discipline. The MALP prepares students to teach adult learners at post-secondary institutions and private secondary institutions, or to continue graduate work in second language acquisition, research and pedagogy. The program does not offer public school certification.

For more information, please click here.

World Languages MA (WLMA)

The Master of Arts in World Languages combines a master’s degree in foreign language pedagogy with licensure to teach in public schools. Students with the requisite background will be able to teach one or two foreign languages at the secondary level or a foreign language and another high school subject such as History, Geography, or Math. The program actively seeks to license teachers in Spanish, French, German, and Chinese. In limited capacities, the program can license teachers in Arabic, Japanese, and Russian. These students in particular are encouraged to participate in an intensive language study abroad program.

The MA in World Languages with Secondary Teaching Licensure is designed for students who have one of the following:

  • BA in a foreign language: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish
  • BA in a subject taught in Utah secondary schools and proficiency in a foreign language
  • BA in ESL/TESOL and proficiency in a foreign language

National accreditation of the teacher education program (licensure grantor) is through CEAP (Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation).

WLMA Course of Study

This program is offered in coordination with the Urban Institute for Teacher Education. Please refer to their website for more information regarding secondary licensure, additional funding opportunities, and other endorsements.


Last Updated: 9/18/18