The graduate faculty in Chinese offers one degree program: the master of arts for teachers (M.A.T.).
This program is designed for those already teaching Chinese and
those interested in pursuing a career related to the Chinese language and
culture teaching. Undergraduates majoring in Chinese or related fields intending to teach Chinese may wish to augment their bachelor of arts degree with this degree.
The program is organized by the Rutgers Department of Asian Languages
and Cultures in the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS). The M.A.T. in Chinese is considered to be a terminal degree. It does not lead to Ph.D. studies.
For the M.A.T. in Chinese, candidates are expected to complete a total
of 30 credits. They should normally be distributed over the following
areas: 9 credits in language (e.g., linguistics, grammar, writing,
translation, language across the curriculum); 12 credits in literature
and/or culture; 6 credits in methodology taken through the World
Languages Institute (WLI); for the final 3 credits of the program,
candidates are required to prepare a teaching portfolio. This portfolio, which will reflect the
candidate's own individual teaching situation as well as the application of
theory and practice from the 27 credits of coursework, will be a
compendium of documents, lesson plans, realia, and other relevant teaching
materials. The candidate must identify a two-member committee, which normally consists
of a faculty member in Chinese and a pedagogy specialist from the WLI. After the committee has approved the
final version of the teaching portfolio, the candidate will be required to make
a presentation, or defense, of this project. Candidates for the M.A.T. generally cannot take more than 12 credits of advanced undergraduate coursework toward the degree.
Other options include:
Students may elect to take one course (3 credits) in the Graduate
School of Education, upon prior approval by the graduate director.
The graduate director may accept up to 12 credits at the graduate level
from another institution toward the fulfillment of degree requirements
only after 12 credits have been completed at Rutgers.
Candidates for the M.A.T. program are admitted on the basis of prior
academic or professional performance and need not submit Graduate Record
Examination (GRE) scores. The course
requirements of this program maybe satisfied by coursework taken during
the Summer Session as well as the regular academic year.
Students wishing to take courses toward the M.A.T. degree during the
regular academic year may do so with the advice and permission of the