Master of Education in World and Heritage Language Education

The Master of Education (MEd) program with a specialization in world and heritage education is a professional degree for individuals wishing to pursue advanced study in the field of teaching and learning foreign languages. Courses implement a practice-based approach to enhance students’ knowledge and application of particular teaching strategies that have been identified as essential to the field of foreign language education. 

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 2 years over four semesters (Full time) or 3-5 years (Part time) 
  • Time Commitment: Full time or Part time 
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall only for full-time students; Fall/Spring/Summer for part-time students  
  • Course Requirements: 36 credits 
  • Format: Most courses are face to face; Some courses are offered online 
  • Application Deadline: Rolling; priority give to applications received by March 1 
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE Exam Not Required
  • Language Proficiency: Minimum TOEFL score of 80 and IELTS score of 6.5

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Program Details

The program coursework emphasizes current theories and methods for teaching and evaluating students as well as curriculum and materials development. Unique features of the program include six credits of practicum coursework and six credits of research methodology. 


Degree Requirements 

Students complete a guided research project on a topic of their choice and must successfully pass the World and Heritage Language Education Comprehensive Exam near the end of their program.  


There are no specific prerequisites for the program.

Career Pathways

Many of our students gain positions teaching foreign languages (e.g. Chinese, English as a Foreign Language, Spanish, French, German) either in the U.S. or internationally. Some obtain positions in educational organizations. Several of our part-time students enter the program with teaching positions and maintain these positions. Upon completing the program, many graduates become leaders in their school contexts. Some of our students continue their graduate work in either PhD or EdD programs.