Department of Classical Studies

Master of Education In Latin: Program Description

Master of Education in Latin

The Master of Education in Latin at UNCG is a part-time, all-online degree program specially designed for Latin teachers who already have obtained initial licensure. The degree requires 30 semester hours of coursework and concentrates on the study of Latin language and literature, with additional study required in the areas of history, classical civilization, pedagogy, and professional education.

Courses are offered both during the school year and the summer; summer courses are usually offered in an intensive three-week format. The online format of the courses is typically a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous instruction. The successful candidate will be eligible to apply for advanced licensure in North Carolina.

Depending upon the academic background of the student, the degree is typically completed in 3 years.

For a fuller description of our program and its requirements, see our M.Ed. in Latin Guide to Graduate Study.

Degree Requirements

Study of Latin (12-15 hours)

In consultation with the Director of Graduate Study, a student will select a minimum of 12 hours from courses in Latin (LAT) at the 500 level or above.

Core Courses (9 hours)

CCI 502 The History of Latin Literature (3)
LAT 552 Teaching Latin at the Secondary Level (3)
CCI 579 Readings in Roman History (3)

Professional Education (6 hours)

TED 676 Teacher as Researcher and Leader I  (3)
TED 677 Teacher as Researcher and Leader II (3)

Electives (0-3 hours)

In consultation with the Director of Graduate Study, a student may select 3 hours from courses in classical civilization (CCI) or another appropriate field at the 500 level or above to complete a total of 30 hours toward the degree.

(For more information on courses, see the Graduate Course List page.)

Electronic Portfolio for North Carolina Advanced Licensure

Students seeking North Carolina advanced licensure must submit evidence of “Positive Impact on Student Learning” and of “Leadership, Advocacy, and Professional Practice” to the North Carolina State Board of Public Instruction. The required materials are produced in TED 676 and 677 (see above under Professional Education), and are loaded into an electronic portfolio for submission to the state.

Non-Course Requirements

  • Attendance at a minimum of one professional conference to be approved in advance by the graduate advisor.
  • Attendance at two regional Latin teacher meetings or pedagogical presentations approved in advance by the graduate advisor and documented with a written reflective assessment.
  • A diagnostic exam will be given to every student at the outset of the program in order to gauge each student's initial competency in Latin. This exam usually involves a sight translation of two passages (one prose, one poetry) from Latin to English.
  • In the final semester of coursework, each student must take a comprehensive exam, which will include translation of Latin texts (prose and poetry) and oral reading of Latin prose and poetry.

Each student is responsible for consulting with the Director of Graduate Study at the beginning of the term during which the exam is given.

Graduate Reading List

Students entering the program should download this Reading List, which includes Latin texts from which the Comprehensive Exam will be drawn.

Educational Objectives

The aim of the program is to produce graduates who will

  • have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Latin grammar, syntax, and morphology;
  • have a strong grasp of the wide range of Latin literature, both in its own contexts and with regard to its influence on Western Civilization;
  • understand Classical culture and history;
  • know and use innovations in ancient language teaching and available tools for enhancing their own teaching and research;
  • be reflective practitioners of best practices in teaching Latin;
  • actively promote the values of a liberal arts education that derive from the study of language and literature: increased understanding of language, the encounter with cultures and modes of thought different from one's own, and heightened awareness of literary studies and methodologies.

Contact Us

Questions and inquiries should be addressed to

Dr. David Wharton, Director of Graduate Study
1115 More Humanities & Research Administration Building
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
phone: (336) 509-8172

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