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Portuguese Pedagogy MA

What is Portuguese Pedagogy?

Teaching is both an art and a science. It requires imagination and skill on the part of the teacher as well as a concerted awareness of the learner. Pedagogy incorporates theories, beliefs, and practices in helping students learn new languages. In the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, we explore different facets of learning, ranging from recent research to lessons from accumulated experience in order to understand how to be an effective teacher in the Spanish classroom.

MA Program in Portuguese Pedagogy

The purpose of the Portuguese Pedagogy M.A. is to prepare graduate students in the field of Portuguese language teaching with additional understanding, knowledge, and pedagogic skills beyond those acquired at the B.A. level in order to be an effective teacher in the Portuguese classroom and/or a successful student in a doctoral program in foreign language education.

Program Strengths

  • Broad range of course offerings, including principles of language teaching and learning, teaching oral and literacy skills, teaching culture, using technology in the classroom, assessing language learning, and conducting research
  • Many courses tailored specifically for teachers of Portuguese
  • One-week mini-courses taught by visiting professors from around the country (recent topics: Portuguese for heritage speakers; using technology; teaching culture; Portuguese immersion)
  • State-of-the-art technological facilities and labs
  • Professional track program available (see below), with classes offered in late afternoons and evenings to accommodate practicing teachers

Prerequisites for Candidates

  • Bachelor’s degree in Portuguese, Portuguese Teaching, or the equivalent.
  • Previous experience teaching Portuguese preferred.
  • Proficiency in a second foreign language; through 205 course level for Spanish (Intermediate High), or through 201 level for other modern languages (Intermediate Mid-level). If not completed during undergraduate studies, this requirement may be fulfilled by challenge exam, or concurrently with MA program coursework no later than the third semester of study.
  • Strong academic writing skills and a capacity to conduct independent research.
  • Strong language skills in Portuguese.
  • GRE required

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete the required 27 hours of coursework and 6 project or thesis hours, totaling 33 credit hours.
  • Students must teach at least one semester during their program of study.
  • Complete a specialty exam which covers readings and coursework.
  • Completion of a project or thesis.

Tuition and Financial Aid

  • Department of Spanish and Portuguese typically provides scholarships for 50-80% of LDS tuition for required classes
  • Paid teaching assistantships available

BYU Portuguese Pedagogy MA Traditional Track

Students who enroll in the BYU Portuguese Pedagogy traditional track complete most of their course work by enrolling as full-time students in day classes during Fall and Winter semesters. Students are welcome to enroll in the BYU Summer Institute for Spanish Teachers to fulfill required coursework during Summer term.

BYU Portuguese Pedagogy MA Professional Track

The BYU Portuguese Pedagogy professional track is tailored toward practicing teachers who work full-time. Students in this track take one required course during Fall semester and one during Winter semester, offered in the late afternoon and evening. They complete additional courses by enrolling full-time during Summer term. Students are welcome to enroll in the BYU Summer Institute for Spanish Teachers to fulfill required coursework during Summer term.

For more information, contact:

Merrie Kay Ames, Graduate Program Manager – – 801-422-2196

Brian Price, Graduate Coordinator –

Rob Martinsen, Pedagogy Section Head –