M.A. Program in Portuguese Pedagogy
Brigham Young University
The purpose of the Portuguese Pedagogy M.A. is to prepare graduate students in the field of Portuguese language teaching with additional understanding, knowledge, and pedagogic skills beyond those acquired at the B.A. level in order to be an effective teacher in the Portuguese classroom and/or a successful student in a doctoral program in foreign language education. (Note: The Portuguese Pedagogy M.A. program is not an initial teacher licensure program. Students who desire to earn a teaching license along with an M.A. may wish to look into the World Languages MLA program at the University of Utah or similar programs at other institutions.)
*Broad range of course offerings, including principles of language teaching and learning, teaching oral and literacy skills, teaching culture, using technology in the classroom, assessing language learning, and conducting research
*Many courses tailored specifically for teachers of Portuguese
*One-week mini-courses taught by visiting professors from around the country (recent topics: Portuguese for heritage speakers; using technology; teaching culture; Portuguese immersion)
*State-of-the-art technological facilities and labs
*Classes offered in late afternoons and evenings to accommodate practicing teachers
*Professional track program available
Prerequisites for Candidates
*Bachelor’s degree in Portuguese, Portuguese Teaching, or the equivalent
*Strong academic writing skills
*Previous experience teaching Portuguese preferred
*33 credit hours total (27 hours of coursework and 6 project or thesis hours)
*3 semesters (or equivalent) of a second foreign language
*Written specialty exam covering readings and coursework
*Project or thesis
Tuition and Financial Aid
*Department of Spanish and Portuguese typically provides scholarships for 50-80% of LDS tuition for required classes
*Paid teaching assistantships available
For more information contact . . .
Dr. Nieves Knapp, Spanish Pedagogy Section Head
Dr. Lynn Williams, Graduate Coordinator
Pre-requisites for Candidates
*Bachelor’s degree in Portuguese or other subject. If in another subject, you must have Portuguese courses equal to our Portuguese minor. Additional information may be obtained from the Pedagogy section head or from the graduate coordinator.
*Strong academic writing skills and a capacity to conduct independent research.
*Strong language skills in Portuguese.
*Complete the required 27 hours of coursework and 6 project or thesis hours, totaling 33 credit hours.
*Complete three semesters, or equivalent, of a second foreign language.
*Complete a specialty exam which covers readings and coursework.
*Completion of a project or thesis.
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese typically provides scholarships for 50-80% of LDS tuition for required classes. Paid student instructorships are available.
BYU Portuguese Pedagogy MA Traditional Track
Students who enroll in the BYU Portuguese Pedagogy traditional track complete most of their course work by enrolling as full-time students in day classes during Fall and Winter semesters. Students are welcome to enroll in the BYU Summer Institute for Spanish Teachers to fulfill required coursework during Summer term.
BYU Portuguese Pedagogy MA Professional Track
The BYU Portuguese Pedagogy professional track is tailored toward practicing teachers who work full-time. Students in this track take one required course during Fall semester and one during Winter semester, offered in the late afternoon and evening. They complete additional courses by enrolling full-time during Summer term. Students are welcome to enroll in the BYU Summer Institute for Spanish Teachers to fulfill required coursework during Summer term.