This master’s degree program prepares you to teach Chinese to students to middle school and high school students of diverse backgrounds, abilities and interests in grades 7 to 12. This program is offered jointly with the Chinese Studies Division of the Department of Classical & Oriental Studies in the School of Arts & Sciences.
Coursework and Clinical Experiences
Courses are offered in the afternoon and evening. Some courses may be available in an online or hybrid format. Select courses have required hours of classroom experience (fieldwork) in a New York City public school. Students also participate in supervised teaching (student teaching and/or practicum) as the culmination of their course of study. Student teaching and/or practicum requires five full days per week for at least one semester.
Adolescent Chinese Education Grades 7 to 12
Eligibility and Admission Requirements
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0 and a major in Chinese with a GPA of at least 3.0, including a minimum of 18 credits in Chinese literature above the intermediate level
- Applicants who do not have a Chinese major but have a liberal arts and science major (or interdisciplinary liberal arts or science concentration) of at least 30 credits can take two exams to meet the Chinese coursework requirement: the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the Written Proficiency Test (WPT) administered by American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL). Candidates must achieve a minimum score of advanced-low on each to meet the admission requirement and must achieve a passing score on the on-site written test in Chinese/English about Chinese literature.
PLUS (for ALL applicants)
- A general education core in the liberal arts and sciences to include: artistic expression, communication, information retrieval, concepts in history and social sciences, humanities, a world language other than English, scientific and mathematical processes, and written analysis and expression
- Two letters of recommendation
- A statement of purpose
- A Chinese translation of your statement of purpose
- An interview conducted in Chinese/English with a program advisor
- An on-site English writing sample
- An official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report (Waived for Spring 2023 and Fall 2023 applicants)
- Oral proficiency at the Advanced Low level on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)
Applications are accepted each Fall and Spring semester.
To start your application, visit the Hunter College Online Application.
When applying to this program, under Program of Study, select School of Education – Adolescent Education and Adolescent Education Chinese (Grades 7-12).
- March 15 (Priority Deadline)
- April 15 (Extended Deadline)
- October 15
Visit How to Apply for information about deadline extensions.
This program is not designed for individuals who already have initial NYS certification in Chinese Grades 7-12. If you seek a Master’s Degree and Professional Certification in a related field, consider our programs in Adolescent Special Education, Literacy Grades 5-12 or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
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