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World Languages Education (MA/MEd)

In today's global world, learning a world language is more important than ever. World language teachers promote cultural awareness and strive to find new ways to make language come alive for their students. They differentiate instruction to challenge students at different levels of language fluency and use technology, real-life situations and issues of interest to expand students' horizons.

The two-year World Language Education master's degree program provides college graduates in fields other than education the opportunity to become teaching professionals. It is designed for those who are committed to diversifying language offerings, extending instruction to the middle and elementary grades and promoting the many advantages of world language learning. 

World language educators teach in public or private, urban or suburban elementary, middle and high schools. Some work as adult education teachers, community educators, tutors, interpreters or translators. Individuals who speak another language can be found in research institutes, international organizations and companies, and the publishing and film industries.

Interested in enrolling in this program? Learn more about its admission requirements and how to apply.


The World Language Education master's degree program leads to a special (K-12) teaching license with an endorsement in a specific language.

Arabic Requirements

Chinese Requirements

French Requirements

German Requirements

Italian Requirements

Japanese Requirements

Latin Requirements

Russian Requirements

Spanish Requirements

Degree Program

Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Education (MEd)

Program Format

To accommodate working professionals, the World Language Education program offers courses that meet on weekday evenings at DePaul's Lincoln Park Campus, online or a hybrid online/on-campus format (although field experience and student teaching requirements must be fulfilled during weekdays). In addition, the program's schedule is flexible, allowing students to attend full-time or part-time as their professional and personal schedules allow.

Program Requirements

The World Language Education master's degree program includes 56 quarter hours of coursework in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education and Teaching and Learning; however, teaching licensure requires more than a series of courses - there are special requirements such as completing field experiences, meeting content area coursework requirements and passing state licensure exams.

In addition to these requirements, students who opt to earn the MA must complete one additional 4 quarter hour course that requires a thesis and oral defense (60 quarter hours in total.)