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World Language Education (MA/MEd)
World Language Education (MA/MEd)
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Educate with a global mindset

Find new ways to develop students and their appreciation for world languages, knowledge of intercultural understandings and desire to become global citizens. With the World Language Education (MA/MEd) degree, you’ll incorporate theory and research into hands-on, technology-rich, instructional practices that actualize language learning in real-life situations.

You have the option to pursue an initial Illinois Teaching License (PEL) with a World Language Education (K-12) endorsement. If you are already a licensed teacher, you can add a World Language Education (K-12) endorsement to your PEL. Choose one of nine specific languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

This program can be completed in two years, and classes are offered on weekday evenings at DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus, online or a hybrid of both.

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Tap into Chicago’s language diversity

Chicago’s multicultural communities offer countless opportunities for immersive language training on your own, and you’ll also complete required field experiences in at least three schools in Chicago.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis. Priority deadlines for scholarships are as follows:

  • Fall: August 15
  • Winter: December 1
  • Spring: March 1
  • Summer: May 1

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, résumé and a personal statement.

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Required Courses

You’ll complete 12 required courses, endorsement in a language, two electives, field experiences, student teaching and licensure exams. MA students also complete a thesis.

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of World Language Education graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.


The average reported salary for World Language Education graduates was $58,000.

Language proficiency from expert faculty

Study alongside Associate Professor Jason Goulah, director of the World Language Education program. Working in world language education for more than 25 years, Professor Goulah also has conducted curriculum and professional development for Chicago Public Schools, New York City Schools, and other public and private school districts. An award-winning author and researcher, his scholarship has appeared in multiple edited volumes and scholarly journals.

“Earning my master’s degree from DePaul helped me form my teaching style. I learned how to put the student at the center of learning and develop criteria to optimize the way I design my classes. I’m very good at analyzing what is useful for the students and trying to consider their different learning needs when teaching.”

Lauren (MEd ’08)
Spanish teacher, self-employed in Madrid, Spain

Lauren, World Languages Education MEd alumna  

Alumni Network

In addition to being K-12 teachers, some of our graduates work as adult education teachers, community educators, tutors, interpreters or translators. Your degree connects you with these alumni as well as the larger community of more than 195,500 DePaul University alumni working across industries.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Education at (773) 325-4405 or

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