Latin Pedagogy

The Latin Pedgagogy Emphasis focuses on both the development of skill in the Latin language and in modern language pedagogy techniques.  As part of this emphasis, students also complete coursework for the Latin Secondary Teaching Certification.  This emphasis is ideal for students interested in teaching Latin in Secondary schools.


All graduate students in the Classics program at the University of Arizona earn the same degree (Master of Arts in Classics), but each student chooses an emphasis that determines the series of courses and exams they will purusue. All students are required to complete 34 hours of course work, a thesis, and a reading knowledge of French, German, or Italian, in addition to demonstrating proficiency in Classical Languages (Both Greek and Latin are required in the Ancient History Classical Archaeology, and Classical Philology emphases; only Latin is required for the Latin Pedagogy and Latin Philology emphases).

Students who pursue the emphasis in Latin Pedagogy develop comphrehensive and deep knowledge of both Latin language and literature and modern pedagogical theory and techniques.  Rigorous philological training is stressed with extensive coursework and translation exams in Latin language required. Students also pursue thorough training via coursework from the College of Education as part of their Secondary Teaching Certification. Because of the intensive demands of the Secondary Teaching Certification students earn, this emphasis offers somewhat less flexibility in elective courses.


Minimum credit hours: 34

  • Proficiency in French, German, or Italian.
  • 3 units of the Methodology course, CLAS 510A.
  • 1 unit of Thesis Preparation, CLAS 510B.
  • Qualifying Examination in Latin Literature.
  • 18 units of Latin author courses including LAT 580.
  • Comprehensive Examination in 1) Latin translation, 2) Classical Literature Special Topics, and 3) Latin AP Required Readings.
  • 3 units of thesis credit.
  • 21 additional units of graduate credits in the College of Education.
    • LAT 586: Latin Instruction & Learning Theory OR EDP 510: Learning Theory in Education (3 units) (summer I only @Flowing Wells)
    • SLAT 579: Second Language Acquisition & Teaching (3 units)
    • SLAT/CLAS 587: Testing and Evaluation in Second Language Programs (3 units)
    • SLAT/CLAS 596J: Second Language Acquisition Research OR TTE 539: Recent Research in Teaching and Schooling (3 units) (spring only @Flowing Wells)
    • LRC 535: Literacy in a Multicultural Society (3 units) (summer only @Flowing Wells)
    • TLS 416*/516: Structured English Immersion (3 units) (fall)
    • SERP 500: Introduction to Learning & Behavior Disabilities (3 units) (summer, summer online, fall online)
  • TTE 593: Student Teaching Internship (12 units)

For more information on these requirements, including reading lists for exams, please see the Graduate Handbook.

To explore other emphases, peruse the list here.

Ready to apply? Start your application here! Questions? Contact the Director of Graduate Studies.