Master of Arts Program in Teaching Chinese (MTCC)
Brandeis University's Master of Arts program in Teaching Chinese Language and Culture prepares students who have already obtained a foreign master’s degree in teaching Chinese to be instructors of Chinese language and culture at colleges and other institutions that offer Chinese medium content courses. This one-year program provides instruction in class design, theory, and practice for effective teaching, under the direction of dynamic, renowned faculty.
Highlights of the program:
- Located just outside of Boston with its world-renowned academic resources -- an ideal location for internships and career opportunities;
- Our MA program employs new theories and practices, enabling undergraduates to reach an advanced level of Chinese in about 70% less time than conventional teaching practices (600 hours vs. 2100 hours);
- Connections with renowned universities that offer teaching Chinese as a foreign language, including Beijing Language and Culture University, National Taiwan Normal University, Tianjin University, and Renmin University of China;
- The only master’s program on the eastern seaboard of the United States that is focused on Chinese language teaching;
- Our International Students and Scholars Office provides a vibrant community to enhance the Brandeis educational experience.
More information on our related program, the Master of Arts in Teaching at the secondary (high school) level with a concentration in Chinese, can be found on the MAT website. For a comparison of the MTCC vs. the MAT in Secondary Education (Chinese), please see this chart.
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Visit the Course Bulletin for the most updated course listing, course descriptions, and degree requirements.
For fall semester (starts in late August): Rolling until May 1; review of applications begins January 15.
To apply for the program, you need to submit:
An application fee;
Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office. For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions;
Two letters of recommendation, submitted electronically. One letter should address your academic/intellectual qualifications. There are no specific requirements for the second letter, but applicants with substantial work/professional experience should consider a letter from an employer;
A curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé that lists all colleges and universities attended, experiences with teaching, primary extracurricular activities and employment, detailing particularly those relevant to teaching Chinese; any honors or prizes awarded; and community service, publications or research projects with which you have been associated.
A portfolio (video) of you teaching Chinese in the classroom. This should be a minimum of 10 minutes, with a maximum of 25 minutes. Applications without a portfolio will not be reviewed.
A statement of purpose indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study. In addition, please describe your qualifications for the academic program. The statement of purpose should clearly describe one or two of your core reasons for going into teaching. Describe your relevant experience and other qualifications. Your statement should be 3-5 pages long.
International students: Additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores, and important information regarding visas. Our TOEFL institution code is 3261.
For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.
The Master of Arts Program in Teaching Chinese prepares students to be instructors of Chinese language and culture at colleges or other institutions that offer Chinese medium content courses. After the training and teaching experience students receive through this program, they are more competitive for college-level teaching jobs.
Students can work closely with our Career Services office for an array of resources, including CV/resume help, job search, and networking.