The demand for students with fluency in Chinese combined with conventional degrees and professional experience is growing rapidly. The Master of Arts in Chinese Studies for K-12 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 already have a teaching license or not need one for their teaching position.

For this specialized track, students spend one or two summers in China—depending on their proficiency level at the time of application to the program—for language immersion and other coursework through the Summer Advanced Chinese Program. The remainder of the degree coursework is taken online or through independent study.

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 M.Ed.-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 obtain a Chinese language endorsement, but unless the student fulfills at least 31 graduate credits approved through the MACS program, these 12 credits will not result in a second degree in Chinese Studies.

The Summer Advanced Chinese Program serves three purposes:

  1. to improve language proficiency for non-native Chinese speakers
  2. to enable students to complete a number of courses such as the Survey of Chinese Literature (taught primarily in Chinese)
  3. to engage in language-based internship opportunities


K-12 teachers who currently possess a valid teaching license, or who will not require a license for their teaching position may apply. The teacher track does not lead to general teaching licensure, but does enable currently-licensed teachers to obtain a Chinese language endorsement in the state of Indiana, which may then transfer to other states depending on the state’s specific requirements.

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 (page 104) and 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 is assessed through a phone interview and (if necessary) a diagnostic test. Students who do not meet the admission requirement of completion of the second year, college-level Chinese language may be required to take additional coursework in Chinese language on their own, or may participate in the pre-advanced summer Chinese language immersion program.

Students who successfully pass HSK Test Level Six will earn 6 credits toward the MACS degree. Thirty-one credit hours from Valparaiso University are required to complete the degree. For more information about the Chinese Studies P-12 teacher track program, email or visit the website at

Non-Thesis Track 37 Cr.
Language Requirements 9 Cr.
CHST 501 Advanced Chinese I 3 Cr.
CHST 502 Advanced Chinese II 3 Cr.
CHST 541 The Chinese Language 3 Cr.
Core Requirements 21 Cr.
CHST 520 Introduction to Chinese Literature 3 Cr.
CHST 590 Topics in Chinese Studies (Best Practices in Teaching Chinese – plus ED 587, 588, or 589, as needed) 3 Cr.
CHST 590/690 Topics in Chinese Studies 9-12 Cr.
CHST 686 Internship in China 0-3 Cr.
CHST 695 Supervised Reading and Research in Chinese Studies 1-3 Cr.
Core Support Requirements 7 Cr.
CHST 699 Preparation for Standardized Test 0-1 Cr.
Approved Electives 6 Cr.
Optional Thesis Track 40 Cr.
Students follow the curriculum above, but replace the electives with the following courses:
CHST 692 Research Project 3 Cr.
CHST 795 Master’s Thesis 3 Cr.


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