Master of Arts in Classics with Teaching Licensure
The master's program in classics with licensure allows students to pursue intensive
study of the classical world beyond the bachelor's level and simultaneously to
acquire the credentials for a professional teaching career in public education.
Students in this program have an opportunity to study literature, history, archaeology,
and digital humanities in the Classics Department. Concurrently they prepare for
a career in teaching (grades 5-12) through coursework and supervised teaching offered
by the Education Department at Tufts. In strengthening their language, research, and
teaching skills, graduates are also prepared to pursue a Ph.D. degree at another
- Candidates must successfully complete six graduate courses in Classics.
Two must be in upper-level Latin and two must be in upper-level Greek.
Candidates will usually have completed the equivalent of an undergraduate
Latin or Greek major. If not, additional courses will be required for
completion of the master's degree.
- Candidates must successfully complete seven graduate courses in Education:
one at the introductory level; one in human development and learning; one
in the social, cultural, and historical foundations of education; one in
exceptionalities in learning; two courses in second language instruction
with an emphasis in Latin and Greek; and one in supervised teaching worth
- Reading knowledge of Latin or Greek and one modern foreign language
(usually German or French) is tested by examination.
- To demonstrate research and presentation, the candidate may submit for
evaluation by a Classics faculty committee either two qualifying papers
(written for courses at Tufts and revised as necessary after completion of
the course) or a thesis. The thesis normally counts as two of the required
six courses. Students usually find that writing a thesis takes a full term
of uninterrupted work. An oral examination based on the qualifying papers or
thesis is required.
- A comprehensive written examination integrating course work with knowledge
of the reading lists in Greek and Latin literature is required.
- Students will have developed the ability to conduct research and write
a graduate level research paper and/or thesis.
- Students will have developed broad knowledge of the Classical world
including literature, history and/or archaeology as well as a deeper focus
in a particular area relevant to student interest.
- Students will have developed a strong competency in both Latin and Greek
and have been exposed to new methods of learning and using the languages.
- Students will have gained reading knowledge of a modern foreign language
relevant to research in the field.
- Students will have been exposed to new developments in the field of
- Students will be prepared to go on to advanced graduate work and/or
secondary school teaching.
- Students will have gained knowledge about classroom management, national
and state educational standards, and a variety of methods for teaching ancient
languages, based on research and special strategies for students with diverse
learning styles, English language learners, and students with disabilities.
- Students will have gained practical classroom experience during a supervised
Latin Practicum and been evaluated according to national and state standards
for the profession in an accredited program. Final endorsement of readiness for
classroom teaching (and initial teaching licensure) is the jurisdiction of the
Tufts University Department of Education.