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

China's growing political, economic, and cultural influence has created great demand for skilled teachers of Chinese. Pursue your Master of Arts degree in Chinese at Middlebury—with a focus on Teaching Chinese as Foreign Language—and you will enhance your linguistic facility, build your knowledge of pedagogical ideas and practice, and become fully immersed in Chinese culture as you prepare and expand your career in teaching. 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.

The Chinese School master's degree program focuses specifically on Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. It is designed for current teachers of Chinese or those who wish to teach Chinese.  Those interested in advancing their Chinese language skills should consider the 8-week language session.

MA Degree Requirements

Students enrolled in the Chinese School MA program 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 MA program have ten years to complete the degree. Students can transfer up to 3 credits, upon approval. Graduate Course List

MA Program Options

Graduate students enrolled in the Chinese School MA program 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.

The Chinese School

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Mailing address
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Mimi Clark, Coordinator