To become an effective teacher of Chinese, you need to know pedagogical theory—and be able to apply it.

The Chinese School M.A. program focuses specifically on Teaching Chinese as a Second Language and is designed for current teachers of Chinese or those who wish to teach Chinese as a Foreign Language. Our classes, projects, and instruction will enhance your linguistic facility and build your knowledge of and experience with pedagogical ideas and practice to prepare and expand your career as a language teacher. To help you refine your skills, we have created a living laboratory in which you will prepare curriculum and use it in the classroom, under the guidance of experienced educators.

All required and elective courses during the Chinese School summer session in Middlebury, Vermont, are taught in Chinese by master teachers from both the U.S. and China, and focus on the development of and best practices in teaching Chinese as a second (or third...) language. It is designed for current teachers of Chinese or those who wish to teach Chinese. All classes must be attended in person; there are currently no online course offerings.

Those interested in advancing their Chinese language skills should consider the 8-week language session. M.A. students must abide by the same Language Pledge® as our non-degree Chinese students, and those attending the other Middlebury Language Schools on campus, to encourage mastery of the Chinese language. During the summer session, proximity to Chinese language learners at all levels gives our M.A. students excellent observational and student teaching opportunities.

M.A. Degree Requirements

Students enrolled in the Chinese School M.A. must successfully complete 12 course units in:

  • Linguistics for Chinese Language Teachers (3 units required)
  • Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment (4 units required)
  • Culture: Core and Manifestation of Communication (2 units required)
  • Experiential Learning/Teaching Practicum (1 unit required)

Middlebury awards one unit of graduate credit (equivalent to three semester hours) for each graduate course. The normal course load is 3 course units per summer. Most students complete their graduate degree in four summers. All students enrolled in the M.A. have ten years to complete the degree. Students can transfer up to 3 credits, upon approval. Graduate Course List

M.A. Degree Enrollment Options

Graduate students enrolled in the Chinese School M.A. can either complete their course requirements entirely in Middlebury, Vermont, in four summers, or during two summers in Vermont and one academic year at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California.

M.A. Degree Program Application Requirements

An undergraduate degree and proof of language proficiency are required in the application. For details about materials required, visit Chinese MA application.

The Chinese School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5520
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
Chinese School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Mimi Clark, Coordinator