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MA in the Teaching of Chinese Leading to Initial Certification

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Hunter College established a Master of Arts degree program in the Teaching of Chinese (Grades 7-12) in September 2008. This program is sponsored by the Department of Classical and Oriental Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Education. The purpose of this program is to provide training and guidance for qualified students who are interested in teaching Chinese as a foreign language in the public school system in the greater New York area in order to satisfy the need for the ever increasing demand for certified teachers who are capable of offering quality language instruction in New York public schools. Curriculum design for the MA Program in the Teaching of Chinese is based on the New York State requirements of the Teacher Education Program in Languages Other than English for Mandarin Chinese. One unique feature about the design of the Chinese MA program is that the Methods courses, Teaching Practicum and Student Teaching courses will be taught and supervised by faculty who are specialists in Chinese pedagogy. At present, there is no school in the metropolitan area offering a program in the training of teachers of Chinese comparable to our design.


Program Overview

Degree Offered: MA (43-44 credits)
Fall Application Deadline: March 15
Spring Application Deadline: October 15
School of Education Advisor Matthew Caballero
Contact Information; 212-772-4621
Classics & Oriental Studies Department Advisor: Der-Lin Chao
Contact Information:; 212-772-4965

Applicants who have completed all or part of their university studies in a non-US institution and/or require student visas must submit their applications no later than February 1 to be considered for Fall admission and September 1 to be considered for Spring admission.


Admission Requirements

You must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be considered for admission. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution acceptable to Hunter College with an overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 and a major in Chinese with a grade point average of 3.0, including a minimum of 18 credits in Chinese literature above the intermediate level and oral proficiency at the advanced low level of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview;

  2. 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 the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (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.* Pending approval.

    PLUS (for ALL applicants)
  3. A general education core in the liberal arts and sciences to include the following:
    • 6 credits in English
    • 6 credits in social studies (to include at least one course in U.S. history or U.S. geography)
    • 3 credits in the arts
    • 12 credits in math/science/technology (a college course in calculus meets 6 credits of this requirement)
  4. Two professional references to be included with the application for admission..
  5. A personal statement to be completed as part of the application for admission.
  6. An interview conducted in Chinese/English with the program adviser. (The interview will include a standard Mandarin pronunciation test and a composition in Chinese.)
  7. An on-site English writing sample.
  8. Applicants whose native language is not English and who have taken all or part of their undergraduate education in a country where English is not the native language are required to submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). These applicants must score at least a 575 on the paper-administered test or 233 on the computer-administered test, or 68 (less speaking component) on the TOEFL IBT.  They must score at least 4.5 on the Test of Written English (TWE) or 22 on the IBT Writing Section; and 45 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) or 23 on the IBT Speaking Section.

For information on taking the TOEFL, visit

For information on submitting your TOEFL scores as part of your application, visit Submitting TOEFL scores.

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To complete the degree, a student needs to take a minimum of 43 credits. The program consists of three parts:

  1. 15-21 credits in Chinese, the purpose of which is to provide professional training in aspects of Chinese linguistics and corresponding curriculum design to teach each skill. Students will also be required to take advanced language studies to further cultivate their language skills and culture knowledge in Chinese.
  2. 13 credits in education and 5 credits in methods, the purpose of which is to help students to build a foundation in language acquisition and education. The methods courses focus on classroom organization, management, assessment, and teaching diverse learners specific to the Chinese language.
  3. 5 credits in supervised student teaching and practicum, the purpose of which is to provide students with hands-on experience in designing and teaching classes.


1.  21 credits in Chinese:

     A. Chinese Linguistics and Language Teaching
     CHN 701 Chinese Phonology and Romanization Systems (3 credits)
     CHN 702 Modern Chinese Pedagogical Grammar (3 credits)
     CHN 703 Chinese Orthography and Lexicology (3 credits)

     B. Topics in Chinese Pedagogy
     CHN 710.1 Topics in Chinese Pedagogy: Computer-assisted Language Teaching and Learning (3 cr.)
     CHN 710.2 Topics in Chinese Pedagogy: Theory and Practice for Curriculum Design (3 credits)
     CHN 710.3 Topics in Chinese Pedagogy: Design of Teaching Materials (3 credits)

     C. Advanced Language and Culture Training
     CHN 705 Topics in Advanced Conversation (3 credits)
     CHN 706 Topics in Advanced Writing (3 credits)
     CHN 707 Topics in Advanced Reading (3 credits)
     CHN 708 Topics in Chinese Culture and Society (3 credits)
     CHN 709 Independent Study (1-3 credits)

2.  13 credits in Education and 5 credits in Methods:

     SEDF 703 Social Foundations of Adolescent Education (45 hrs, 3 credits)

     SEDF 704 Adolescent Development, Grades 7-12 (30 hrs + 36 hrs fieldwork, 2 credits)

     SEDF 705 Educational Psychology: Applications to Adolescent Education (30 hrs +
     36 hrs fieldwork, 2 credits)

     SEDF 706* Assessment of Teaching and Learning in Adolescent Education (30 hrs + Lab, 2 credits)
     * Student may take EDESL 791 as an alternative to fulfill this requirement.

     SEDC 710 Building the Foundation of Literacy in Adolescent Education (45 hrs, 3 credits)

     SEDC 720* Adolescent Health and Safety (15 hrs, 1 credit)
     * Students may take two 2-hour workshops, "Child Abuse and Drug Abuse" and "Child Safety,"
     as an alternative to fulfill this requirement.

     CHNED 712 Methods 1: Intensive Study of Classroom Organization, Management, and
     Assessment of Instruction in Chinese, Grades 7-12 (45 hrs, 3 credits)

     CHNED 713 Methods 2: Intensive Study of Teaching for Diverse Learners in Chinese, Grades 7-12
     (30 hrs + 36 hrs fieldwork, 2 credits)

3.  5 credits in Supervised Teaching:


     CHNED 731 Student Teaching in Chinese, Grades 7-12 (60 days, 30 hrs seminar plus workshops
     and conferences, 5 credits)

     Or one of the following:

     CHNED 751.10 Student Teaching in Chinese in Grades 7-9 (30 hrs + 30 days and conferences,
     3 credits)

     CHNED 741.10 Practicum in Chinese, Grades 7-9 (30 hrs + conferences, 2 credits)

     Plus one of the following:

     CHNED 751.20 Student Teaching in Chinese in Grades 10-12 (30 hrs + 30 days and conferences,
     3 credits)

     CHNED 741.20 Practicum in Chinese, Grades 10-12 (30 hrs + conferences, 2 credits)

Important Note

  • Students who enter with initial or provisional certification in adolescent education in another area will be required to take CHNED 712, CHNED 713, and either CHNED 731 or two of the other student teaching/practicum courses that cover grades 7-9 and 10-12.
  • The minimum number of credits for the degree for students who enter with certification in adolescent education is 31 credits.
  • All students may only be exempted from up to 6 credits based on prior equivalent course work. 

Transfer Credit

  • Graduate courses taken prior to matriculation are considered "Transfer of Credit."

    The following limitations apply:
  • No more than a total of 12 credits will be allowed for courses completed at other colleges, for courses taken on permit, or for Hunter College courses taken prior to matriculation.
  • Courses for which transfer and approval of credit are sought must have been completed within five years preceding the anticipated date of graduation.
  • Application for transfer and approval of course credits taken prior to matriculation may be made after registering for the first semester of matriculation.
  • Transfer of credit can only be granted for courses with grades of B or better.


For additional program information, visit the School of Education website.

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