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MA in Latin with Teaching Certification

The M.A. in Latin with teaching certification is a 2-3 year program intended for the preparation of secondary school teachers. The Department has long played a significant role in preparing teachers, and its educational facilities are renowned throughout the nation for their innovations in methodology. This M.A. program is designed to strengthen the basic language abilities of future teachers while simultaneously acquainting them with new techniques and teaching materials. In addition this degree requires six professional education courses plus directed teaching in a secondary school. No separate application to the School of Education is necessary.


Applicants are expected to have completed three years of college Latin (two years if the language was begun in high school). 

Application Process and Requirements


The following materials are required for consideration to the Ph.D in Classical Studies program. You should submit all materials by uploading them into your online application. All materials are due on December 15.

1. Completed Rackham application

2. Three letters of recommendation. Please make sure that you register three recommenders when you fill out the online application even if you don’t yet know who the third will be. If you only enter one or two and click submit you will be unable to go in the ApplyWeb system and enter a third later. We recommend that you enter a placeholder name which you will be able to go in and change in ApplyWeb under Review Your Activity. If you or your recommenders will be submitting letters of recommendation by paper, include this Letter of Recommendation form with your submission. Please have these letters sent directly to the department via US Mail.

3. Statement of Purpose - Briefly explain the nature of your study in Classics or related fields, your primary areas of interest (if known), what studies you would like to pursue in graduate school, and whether there are any Michigan faculty with whom you would especially like to work. Upload at the Statement of Purpose page.

4. Personal Statement - Please use this statement to help us understand how you have come to be interested in Classics, what special challenges you might have faced, what relevant experiences you might have had, and what aspirations you have for the future. Upload at the Personal Statement page.

5. Resume or CV. Upload at the Resume or CV page.

6. Scholarly writing sample - Preferably a paper or thesis that you have submitted in a pertinent course (20 page limit). Upload at the Writing Sample page.

7. Transcripts – Please scan your official or unofficial transcripts and upload them with your online application. This will be sufficient for the Department’s admissions file and is our preferred method of receiving your transcripts. Please include transcripts from institutions from which you received a degree or from which you took courses relevant to your application. (If you decide to have your transcripts mailed to the department rather than upload them, we must receive them by the due date of December 15. Please order them well ahead of time to make sure they reach us by the deadline.)

In addition to uploading your transcript to the online application, all applicants are required to mail one set of official academic records/transcripts from the institution awarding a Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional and/or Doctoral degree to the Rackham Graduate School. If you attended a non-U.S. institution submit this form with the academic records/transcripts.

8. GRE scores (University of Michigan reporting code is 1839). These are sent electronically to the University by ETS. Please take your GRE exam BEFORE applying for admission.

International Students Only: If you received a degree from a non-US institution, be prepared to send:

-Transcripts/official records from each undergraduate or postgraduate institution attended

-Official certification of degrees and dates awarded, issued in the original language.

If your first language is not English AND you do not qualify for a Rackham English Proficiency Exemption, please send one of these scores:




For further information:

On the program:

Prof. Shonda Thom

Elementary Latin Program Coordinator


On application procedures or the status of your application

Sarah Kandell-Gritzmaker

Graduate Program Coordinator


Degree Requirements


  • At least 24 credit hours in Latin, classical archaeology or classical civilization and cognates, as below:
    • Latin:  Latin 421 Methods in the Teaching of Latin and 4 additional graduate level courses (excluding 502-505)
    • Classical Archaeology / Classical Civilization: one course in classical archaeology or classical civilization, or one seminar (800-level course) in Latin
    • Additional courses needed to fulfill the 24 credit hour requirement may include courses in Latin (at the graduate level), classical Greek, classical linguistics, classical archaeology, and classical civilization.  They should be chosen from the Department's course offerings with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.   
  • A course in linguistics
  • A sight translation examination in Latin
  • The following professional education courses:                                                       
    • ED 304: Seminar: Problems and Principles of Secondary Education
    • ED 402: Reading and Writing in the Content Area
    • ED 606: Developmental and Psychological Perspectives in Education
    • ED 649: Foundational Perspectives on Educational Reform
    • ED 650: Directed Teaching in the Secondary School (12 credit hours)
    • ED 657: Practicum in Educational Studies