Master of Arts in Chinese Studies Specialized Track for K-12 Teachers

MACS K12IMPORTANT NOTE: At this time, the MACS teacher track leads to a teaching endorsement in Chinese language, but does NOT lead to initial certification as a teacher. Therefore, applicants for this track should either already have a teaching license or not need one for their teaching position.

Individuals who want to earn initial certification as a teacher (required in order to receive an endorsement in Chinese language) should consider applying to the MED-Initial Licensure program. Additional coursework (approximately 12 credits, assuming the applicant is proficient in Mandarin Chinese) taken through the MACS program may be used to receive a Chinese language endorsement, but will not result in a second graduate (MACS) degree.

First Year

Summer Program I in China (native Chinese speakers or students with near-native proficiency in Chinese may waive requirement and substitute a 3-credit topics class.)

Third-year Intensive Chinese Language (Summer)  
 8 cr.
Supervised Readings in Chinese (Summer)
 1 cr.
CHST 590/690 Topic Class #1 (online) (Fall)
 3 cr.
CHST 590/690 Topic Class #2 (online) (Spring)
 3 cr.

Second Year

Summer Program II in China

CHST 690 Survey of Chinese Lit.
 3 cr.
CHST 686 Chinese Language Based Internship
 3-6 cr.
CHST 590/690 Topics Class #3 (online)
 3 cr.
CHST 590/690 Topics Class #4 (online)
 3 cr.

Third Year

Residential Summer at Valparaiso University or Master's Thesis (Non-residential): Choose One (7 required credits)

Research Project
 3 cr.
Master's Thesis                                                               
 3-6 cr.
Supervised Readings in Chinese                 
 1-4 cr.

Students may transfer up to 6 credits of approved graduate coursework into the program and will have their tuition reduced accordingly.

Summer Advanced Chinese Program

For K-12 Teacher Track students, the Summer Advanced Chinese Program serves three purposes: 1) to improve language proficiency for non-native Chinese speakers; 2) to take a number of courses such as the Survey of Chinese Literature class, which is taught primarily in Chinese; and 3) to engage in language-based internship opportunities. Summer I (required for all K-12 Teacher Track students except for native Chinese Speakers) focuses on the first objective. Summer II (required for all students) focuses on the last two goals.

Located in the beautiful city of Hangzhou (south of Shanghai), the Summer Advanced Chinese Program is a highly demanding, total-immersion program that involves extensive travel and interaction with local society and culture. To learn more about the Valparaiso University Summer Advanced Chinese Program, please visit:

Online Topic Classes Available: (Graduate-level online courses offered through Valparaiso University Department of Education may also count towards topic electives.):

· Christianity in China, Past and Present

· China and the West

· Contemporary China

· Shan-Shui in Chinese Art, Politics and Religion

· Buddhism in China

· Christianity and Buddhism Experiences

· Human Neuropsychology

· Classical Chinese Literature

· Communicative Language Teaching Methods

· The History of Chinese Language

· Chinese Linguistics

· Geography of East Asia

· Chinese Economy

  • Second-year Chinese is required but will not count towards graduate credits.
  • Students enrolled in the program with less than two years of college Chinese are required to make up courses through either guided self-study in Chinese language or Chinese language courses offered near his/her hometown during spring or taking appropriate level of language courses on Valparaiso University campus.


The MACS Specialized K-12 Teacher Track offers scholarship assistance in addition to federal loans to qualified applicants. In order to be eligible for a scholarship, the recipient must be: 

  1. A citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America;
  2. Actively teaching in a public or private K-12 setting;
  3. Enrolled in at least three credits per semester in the MACS K-12 Teacher Track program.


The MACS Specialized K-12 Teacher Track Scholarship will be offered in the form of tuition discount of up to 40% of Valparaiso University's graduate tuition (adjusted annually) times the number of credits taken. International travel assistance and special summer tuition discounts are also available for participants of the Summer Advanced Chinese Program.


Criteria for Admission

K-12 teachers who currently possess a valid teaching license may apply. The Teacher Track does not lead to licensure to teach Chinese in K-12 public schools, but teachers will be eligible to obtain a Chinese language endorsement (in the state of Indiana and may transfer to other states depending on specific regulations of a particular state) for teachers already in possession of a teaching license. Applicants should carefully review their state's endorsement requirements for teaching Chinese to determine if this program will enable them to qualify for a teaching endorsement.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School, which include:

  • Overall grade point average of 3.0;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Chinese language by any one of the following: 1) Completion of at least one year of college-level Chinese; 2) Strong background in Chinese language (e.g., through family heritage or study abroad programs in Chinese-speaking areas); 3) Receipt of certificate of language proficiency, for example, Level Two of the New HSK Test.

As part of the admissions process, each applicant's language ability will be assessed through a telephone interview and (if necessary) a diagnostic test.


For more information about the Chinese Studies K-12 Teacher Track program

To learn more about the Master of Arts in Chinese Studies K-12 Teacher Track program, contact them by email at or visit their website at or

To apply, click here.