Master of Arts Program in Teaching Chinese (MTCC)
Brandeis University's Master of Arts program in Teaching Chinese at the College Level prepares students who have already obtained a foreign master’s degree in teaching Chinese to be instructors at the collegiate level in the United States. This one-year program provides instruction in class design, theory, and pedagogy, under the direction of dynamic, renowned faculty. Some additional highlights of the program include:
- Located just outside of Boston with its world-renowned academic resources -- an ideal location for internships and career opportunities;
- Our M.A. 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 M.A.T. website. For a comparison of the MTCC vs. the M.A.T. in Secondary Education (Chinese), please use 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 15th.
To apply for the program, you need to submit:
- An application to the graduate school, which can be electronically submitted here;
- An application fee;
- Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended; applicants must provide official transcripts indicating successful completion of undergraduate and graduate (Master’s) degree program(s) before registering for classes;
- Two letters of recommendation, which the admissions committee prefers to be submitted online. 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. Please note: you must also include a web link (URL) to a video of you teaching Chinese in the classroom on your resume or CV. This should be a minimum of 10 minutes, with a maximum of 25 minutes. You may use a web service of your choice to upload this video, but note that applications without a web URL included on the resume or CV 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: For additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL and IELTS scores, and important information regarding visas, please visit our international page.
For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit our "Apply" page.
Generous scholarships and financial aid are available.
The Master of Arts Program in Teaching Chinese at the College Level prepares students to be instructors at a college or university within the U.S. education system. 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/resumé help, job search, and networking.