Saint Joseph’s University’s Master of Science in education, elementary/middle school, will prepare you for initial instructional certification.
Education MS - Foreign Language Education PK-12
The Master of Science in Foreign Language Education (PK-12) program at Saint Joseph’s University will help you learn how to identify the diverse developmental needs and abilities of learners ranging from pre-K through 12th grade. You will be equipped to use this information when selecting instructional strategies and making curriculum decisions related to language learning.
This 30-credit program includes Level 1 teacher certification preparation in one of the following languages:
What Sets Our Program Apart
Saint Joseph's offers a 20% tuition discount to teachers in the Philadelphia School District, the Philadelphia Archdiocese network, and select surrounding school districts. Contact us to find out more about this discount and whether you qualify.
With the guidance of Saint Joseph’s education department’s expert faculty, you will study methods of second language teaching, integration of technology in the classroom, theory and research in second language acquisition, and linguistics.
Saint Joseph's University’s foreign language education MS program can be completed 100% online or on campus. This flexibility is designed to meet the needs of working professionals in the field seeking to advance their careers.
Saint Joseph’s also offers foreign language education as a stand-alone certification degree program and an online English as a Second Language Specialist Certification preparation which may be added to this program.
Through Saint Joseph's 4+1 program, current undergraduate students who are studying French, Latin and Spanish can start earning credits toward their Education MS, allowing them to earn a master's degree in just five years. Students interested must apply to the graduate program in their junior year and be conditionally accepted before they complete their bachelor's degree.
What Can You Do With an MS in Foreign Language Education?
With a master's degree in foreign language education from Saint Joseph's University, you will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and background necessary to pursue a successful career as a foreign language teacher at the elementary, middle or high school level.
Graduates go on to teach in various educational settings, including:
Affordable tuition options start at $845 per credit.*
*This rate applies to all students accepted by Saint Joseph's University after June 1, 2023.
Tuition and fee rates for students accepted prior to June 1, 2023 differ. Pricing does not include room and board, health insurance or any professional, clinical or transportation fees. Visit our tuition & fees page or contact us for more information.
Financial aid may be available to you to help offset the cost of your degree. Explore your options on our financial aid page.
Saint Joseph's offers a 20% tuition discount to teachers in the Philadelphia School District, the Philadelphia Archdiocese network, and select surrounding school districts.
Saint Joseph's alumni are eligible to receive 10% off the cost of this program through our alumni discount.
Have you completed a year or more of service with a recognized service organization? You may be eligible for our mission discount.
Note: discounts cannot be combined.
Saint Joseph’s University is approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, that assesses institutions for the highest available form of accreditation.
Graduate assistantships are offered on a limited basis. Full-time Biology MS students are eligible for graduate teaching assistantships that provide a stipend and scholarship for tuition. Qualified students may find employment as assistants in introductory laboratories. Please contact the program director for availability.
SJU is a Yellow Ribbon School that accepts GI education benefits. Our Office of Veterans’ Services can help you access and understand your benefits.
Why Study Foreign Language in Philadelphia?
Philadelphia residents come from all over the world and have brought along over 180 languages.
With 218 schools and 118,053 students, Philadelphia offers a wide range of schools seeking foreign language teachers. Additionally, Saint Joseph’s University's School of Education and Human Development has a long-standing relationship with Samuel Gompers Elementary School, a K-8 school in Wynnefield, Philadelphia located next to Saint Joseph’s Hawk Hill campus.
By obtaining a master's in art education from Saint Joseph’s, you’ll be part of a rich and vibrant writing community that will become a valuable network long after graduation. You'll benefit from studying at a university located in Philadelphia, one of the nation's largest cities offering countless job opportunities in the field of education.
To be considered for admission you must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and have earned an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Apply online.
- Submit official college transcripts from all colleges attended.
- Submit a personal statement.
- Submit resume.
- Submit two letters of recommendation.
Visit our Graduate Admission Information page to learn more about admission requirements, key deadlines, additional requirements for international students and how to submit your application.
Graduate applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. New students may enroll in courses during the fall, spring or summer semesters.
- Fall: August
- Spring: January
- Summer: May
If you’re applying as an international student, you must provide proof of English Language Proficiency and Certification of Finances along with your application. Check the graduate admission page for additional requirements.