University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Classics

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Latin


Application is made to both the College of Education and the Department of Classics. Students must achieve a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam.

Please link here for application page in the Graduate College.

For whom is MAT designed?

The MAT is designed for two groups of people: those who already have licensure as secondary school teachers and those who do not yet have licensure.

Credit hour requirements:

Those who already have licensure must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of work, with at least 21 in the field of specialization (Latin and related subjects) and at least 6 in education (consult with advisor in education). Those who are seeking licensure must complete at least 21 credit hours in the field of specialization and at least 30 credit hours in education (consult with advisor in Education).

In all cases, the individual program of study must be approved by advisors in Classics for the field of specialization credit hours and in Education for the Education credit hours. The 21 credit hours in the field of specialization will consist primarily of Latin courses, but also Greek and Classics courses.

Comprehensive exams:

Students must take comprehensive exams in their field of specialization as well as in Education. Please consult with Education for details about their comprehensive exam. The student must pass general comprehensive exams before the degree may be granted including (1) a written examination in Latin, (2) an examination in ancient history (emphasis on Roman, but including Greek and, if appropriate, Near Eastern History), (3) an examination in literature and philology, and (4) an oral examination on the pedagogy of Latin. Preferably, the sight examination will be taken at the beginning of the second year of study, the pedagogy examination at the conclusion of the practice teaching. For the ancient history examination, appropriate courses in ancient history may be substituted, if approved by Classics faculty. For the examination in literature and philology, the final examination in Greek and Latin 300 (Classics Pro-Seminar) may be substituted. Substitutions must be arranged early in the first year of study and are at the discretion of the faculty: they are not simply normal procedure. Written confirmation of specific susbstitutions after consultation with the graduate coordinator and relevant faculty is advised.

The format of the exams is at the discretion of the faculty. For students pursuing licensure, although students are not required to do so, it is by far best to complete these exams before the end of the second semester, because the student will be occupied fully by Education requirements in the second year, and faculty are not available to administer exams in the summer.


21 credit hours in Latin, Classics, or Greek, as follows:
Students must complete 21 credit hours of Latin at or above the 200-level, including one course from the LAT211/212 sequence, with the following possible exceptions: one 200-level or higher course in Roman (or Greek) history, one 200-level or higher course in Roman (or Greek) Art History, and 200-level Greek courses may count, all at the discretion of the Classics faculty.

A second foreign language is strongly recommended, either a modern one as a second teaching field, or Greek as a complement to Latin.

The standards of performance in courses taken with the Classics Department will be the same as for the M.A. in Greek and Latin.

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