Languages and Cultures

West Chester University

Dr. Jerome Williams
109 Main Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048

Graduate Programs

Check out our new MALC program!

Contact our graduate advisors for information about enrolling for Fall 2014

Sign up for Summer and Fall 2014 Courses now at the office of Graduate Studies

French Graduate Summer Courses

Our next graduate open house will be at Sykes Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday August 13th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please come talk to us about our programs, both existing and brand new.

Please be advised that our current four degree options of the M.A. and M.Ed. in French and Spanish are still in effect until August 25, 2014. Anyone enrolling for one of these programs this summer will be able to complete the existing program requirements within the next 1-6 years. Current students will have access to all the courses to be offered in the future in the combined proposed Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures with Millersville University and the option to complete the new degree beginning in Fall 2014. To switch from an existing graduate program, please contact the department graduate coordinator, Dr. Pauly,, to fill out a form.

The new Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures will have a 9-credit common core curriculum, 12 credits of courses in either French, German or Spanish, and 12 credits of elective options for a variety of professions. The new program also includes numerous online courses.

Our Graduate Programs and Courses:

Come get a master's degree in French or Spanish from West Chester University!

Graduate courses emphasize communication skills, interpretive skills, and culture. Our degree will give you a new edge in the current competitive market place, whatever your field of interest.

Our degrees include a core curriculum of seminars in French or Spanish, and additional elective courses toward graduate certification, the ESL certificate for those holding language certification, or other appropriate electives such as seminars in French history or Existentialism or a six-credit thesis.

Requirements: For the M.A. or M.Ed. in French or Spanish from the College of Arts and Sciences, with or without graduate certification, to qualify, you must have:

  • native-level fluency in French or Spanish (or both)
  • and/or the equivalent of an undergraduate major in the language (not just a minor).

Tuition information can be found at the Bursar's website. In-state student tuition is $1,644.72 for a 3 credit course. Consult the Bursar's website for exact cost amounts for out-of-state tuition and any other fees which might apply.

Completion timeframe: With six sessions a year, you can complete a degree in as little as 1.5 years, or if you need more time, we will give you up to six years to complete your master's degree. Our students include both part-time and full-time candidates.

You may start in the fall, take several courses a semester and obtain your M.A. in French or Spanish the following year. If you start in January, and include the two summer sessions, you may finish by the end of the calendar year.

Transfer courses: We will transfer in up to 20% of the degree (6 to 9 credits) from another graduate program toward your degree, provided those credits are not part of a completed degree. We also encourage cultural and language immersion study as part of your graduate experience.

Internships: We offer graduate internships in French or Spanish (LAN 525) from 3 to 9 credits, as an elective option.

Careers: Our program graduates pursue many careers using French or Spanish, including teaching at all levels, further graduate study, law, international relations, marketing, banking, travel, and services in a wide variety of regional and national companies. The high-quality professional training and multicultural perspectives you will acquire will enrich your future.

Contact for procedures and details. For admission to the graduate programs you will need to go to the web link below, and complete the following:

  • the cover form
  • two letters of recommendation
  • your transcripts of all college level study with a minimum 2.8 GPA total
  • a goals essay in French or Spanish (please email this directly to

Note that we no longer require GRE or MAT scores for admission.

You may take three courses while you put together your application for the M.A. or the M.Ed. or graduate certification in French or Spanish.

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Consult the coordinators of French,

or Spanish,,

for advising regarding courses.


Master's Degree Options Currently Available

You can pursue graduate work with us toward a Master of Arts in French or Spanish, a Master of Education in French or Spanish, or graduate level Pennsylvania State Certification K-12 in French or Spanish or both. Most of the courses for certification may be counted toward the M.Ed. Additionally, you may pursue non-degree post-baccalaureate certification in German or Russian as well as French and Spanish.

The Master of Arts in French or Spanish - 30 hours
Single Language Option

  • 7 graduate courses in French or Spanish
  • LAN 610 the writing and defending of a masters thesis (6 hrs) and 1 elective or
  • 3 elective graduate courses from additional offerings in the language or from appropriate related fields, LAN or LIN courses, or approved graduate seminars from History, Art, Philosophy, Political Science, etc.
  • An exit assessment of research paper or portfolio of three term papers and oral defense

This curriculum option is intended to serve:

  • students preparing a career in higher education, preparatory to pursuit of a doctorate after the master's degree.

  • students obtaining a master's degree in conjunction with a business or government career involving highly developed skills in one language.

The Master of Arts in French or Spanish - 30 hours
Dual Language Option

  • 7 graduate courses in the first language

  • 3 graduate courses in the second language

  • An exit assessment of aresearch project or three term papers and oral defense

This curriculum option is intended to serve:

  • students preparing a career in higher education, preparatory to pursuit of a doctorate after the master's degree.

  • students obtaining a master's degree in conjunction with a business or government career involving highly developed skills in two languages.

  • teaching professionals fluent in both French and Spanish with the equivalent of an undergraduate major in both languages or native fluency in one or more.

The Master of Education in French or Spanish (College of Arts & Sciences)
with emphasis on Second Language Teaching & Research - 36 hours

  • 6 graduate courses taught in the language

  • 6 courses taught in English in pedagogy methods and research: LAN 500, LAN 503 (prereq LIN 501 or intro course), and 4 more chosen from LAN 583, LIN 503, LIN 540, LAN 504, LAN 505, LAN 582. LIN 501 may be counted for the degree.

  • An exit assessment of a research project or a portfolio of three term papers and oral defense

This second option will serve:

  • teachers already certified who seek further theoretical and practical training in pedagogy, methodology and applied linguistics. This curriculum effectively meets the professional and personal development needs of area teachers, K-12 and college.

  • potential future candidates for a doctoral degree in second language acquisition/ teaching.

This curriculum blends study in the language--linguistics, language and culture—and study in core courses such as LAN 500 and LAN 503 taught in English which bring together students from both French and Spanish. Several of these LAN courses are required for multiple options and for certification in languages.

The Master of Education in French or Spanish, CAS, with PA State Certification K-12 in
French or Spanish ** 36 hours

  • 6 graduate courses taught in the language - 18 h.

  • The following Education courses (15 credits)

    • EDA 542 Foundations of Special Education (3) 

    • EDP 550 Ed. Psychology (3)

    • EDP 531 Assessment for Learning (3)

    • EDP 569 Child & Adolescent Psychology (3)

    • EDR 550 Literacy Dev. Inclusive Classrooms (3)


    Tech Tools to Transform EDT 500 or EDM 349 (1)
    Spec. Ed: Processes and Proc.   EDA 511
    Prin. Teaching & Field Experience (3)   EDS 505
    Techniques of L2 Tchg  PK-12  (3)    LAN 503
  • OPI /WPT exams to be completed before and during coursework (Advanced Low)

  • Student Teaching: EDS 411-412, with or without emergency certification 12 h.

  • An exit assessment of a research project or three term papers and oral defense

** Students will have courses and credit hours on their transcript for certification that will not be counted toward the M.Ed. Student teaching exists only as a 400-level curriculum offering and has never been counted toward any graduate degree at WCU. Certification is awarded upon completion of EDS 411-412. Students may apply for an internship and do their certification as part of a full time contract teaching job.

This option, including the required courses for PA State K-12 Certification in French or Spanish, is intended for

  • Students holding an undergraduate major in the language or native fluency and a related degree who seek certification for a teaching job. These master's candidates may pursue the language courses and pedagogy courses simultaneously. After Formal Admission to Teacher Education, students take LAN 503, the FLG methods course, along with EDS 505, field observation, the semester before student teaching.

  • Students with a teaching position with emergency certification, requiring completion of certification coursework within a calendar year.

Students may transfer in 20% of their graduate work to complete both certification and the master's degree, provided that the courses are approved by our College of Education and come from a graduate-degree-granting institution and are not part of a granted graduate degree.

Students are urged to obtain graduate certification before finishing the master's degree; they have six years to complete the entire degree. Graduate certification may be completed separately from the master's degree. Graduate level certification courses taught in English may be taken by post-bacc students in German & Russian who have met the state criteria for competency in that language. There are currently no M.Ed. programs in those languages.

The Master of Education in French or Spanish, CAS, with the PA State Graduate Certificate in ESL - 36 hours

  • 6 graduate courses taught in French or 6 graduate courses in Spanish

  • the 6 required courses for the State Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (18 hrs), if not already completed:

    • (LIN 501—program prerequisite)

    • LAN 500, LAN 503, LIN 540 or LAN 582, ENG 575, ENG 576, ENG 587

  • An exit assessment of a research project or three term papers and oral defense

This option is only for students who already hold a PA State Certificate Level I or Level II (presumably K-12 in a language). Note: Students who have already completed LAN 500 and LAN 503 as part of an M.Ed. or graduate certification may include them in the ESL Certificate.

There is no separate PA State Certification in ESL. This option is jointly staffed and advised by faculty from the MATESL program and the Dept. of Languages and Cultures.

All graduate certification students must also apply for formal admission to teacher education, or FATE, designated on their transcript as EDF 030. All M.Ed. students and graduate certification students should also consult with an advisor in the College of Education. They must also pass the ACTFL OPI and WPT exams during student teaching, achieving a level of Advanced Low.

Students who enroll initially in the Graduate Certification program may apply to the M.Ed. or the M.A. in French or Spanish at any time through application procedures. Students may change between the M.A. and the M.Ed. by filing the proper paperwork. Note that students holding a university degree may also enroll through the Office of Graduate Studies in our Post-Baccalaureate program to take undergraduate level courses for completion of the major in a language and the required education courses.

ALL applicants must meet with the appropriate language and education coordinators:
: Dr. Rebecca Pauly, 610-436-2382,;
Spanish: Dr. Stacey Schlau, 610-436-2466,;
Education and Pedagogy: Dr. Maria Josè Cabrera, 610-436-2572,,
as well as a graduate advisor in the College of Education.

**All students must fill out an approved course of study form with their advisor and submit it to the College of Education, as well as obtaining Formal Admission to Teacher Education.

Consult the individual programs on the left side on this page for more information, as well as our Graduate Handbook.

Graduate Mission Statement


The Department of Languages and Cultures at West Chester University proposes a variety of high quality stimulating graduate programs leading to the master's degree, in keeping with our stated mission to serve the regional community of teachers, scholars and professionals. We offer rigourous training in K-12 second language acquisition in accordance with the mandates of the PDE (Pennsylvania Department of Education) and NCATE (National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education) organizations. Our graduate students are carefully advised and personally mentored to assure their transformation and success as a result of completion of our curriculum and degree requirements. We also train professionals in the business world in both language skills and cultural competency, in keeping with the demands of the expanding global market place. Our faculty are active and interactive professionally, participating in a wide variety of meetings national and international and organizing workshops and meetings on campus for students and fellow faculty. Our M.A. and M.Ed. course offerings are continually restructured and updated to reflect the current exigencies of language professional environments, and emphasize diversity of personal and cultural experience while they offer equality of access and opportunity to all qualified students without regard to age, sex, race, or creed. This diversity is in keeping with our primary goal of advancing crosscultural awareness and communication and developing in our students the necessary skills to successfully meet the challenges of the future.

The M.A. (Master of Arts) degree in French or Spanish is intended for professionals wishing to master the language, literature and culture of the Francophone and Hispanic peoples of the world. As such it offers not only courses in canonic and ethnic literatures but also area cultural studies and skills in commerce and translation. Beyond proficiency skills and curriculum enrichment, we also require of all graduating master's students a research paper and oral presentation to prepare them for future professional presentation environments. While the M.A. is traditionally associated with further graduate work at the doctoral level, completion of our degree offers teachers and professionals a variety of career options, including college and university teaching, or may be combined with PA K-12 State Certification if the student so desires.

The M.Ed. (Master of Education) degree in French or Spanish is offered in conjunction with several pedagogy and applied linguistics programs on campus, and may include the coursework for graduate certification in one or more foreign languages. Thus the M.Ed. degree offers students in-depth seminar level study in the language as well as several options in courses taught in English. This program is intended for college graduates wishing to pursue a career in teaching, usually for PA State K-12 certification. In conjunction with the M.Ed. we offer linguistics and second-language methodology courses within our department to give students an advanced conceptual framework in language structure and pedagogy. In addition to the established graduate curriculum, Master of Education students may use another existing course in our program to complete a research project, receiving graduate credit in curriculum design or pedagogical theory.

Lastly and perhaps most importantly, the Department of Languages and Cultures at WCU provides an intellectual forum for teachers and professionals in the surrounding area, offering a stimulating exchange of ideas, information, and strategies which they may in turn share with others in their community.