Programs of Study
The Department of Modern Languages and Classics offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) French, a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Spanish; a Master of Arts (M.A.) in French with optional concentrations in French Literature or North American French Studies. Individuals interested in applying should consult the graduate coordinator of the Department of Modern Languages and Classics for specific information on admission and graduation requirements.
The M.A.T. in French (30 credits) and the M.A.T. in Spanish (30 credits) have been redesigned with the collaboration of the campuses of the University of Maine System and Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin Colleges specifically to meet the needs of Maine’s schools. The programs offer full-time instruction during the academic year to meet the requirements of pre-service teachers and an intensive institute during the summer for in-service teachers. Candidates take seven to eight courses (21-24 credits) in language, literature, culture and linguistics in the target language, one course in language pedagogy (MLC 466/566) and one course on teaching the exceptional student in English (SED 402/500). An oral exam and a professional teaching portfolio which illustrate the candidate’s familiarity with Maine’s teaching standards and his/her readiness to teach a second language in the K-12 classroom are the final requirements for both degrees.
In-service teachers who are already certified to teach French or Spanish may opt to take additional courses in their target language, or they may resume the study of a second foreign language at the advanced (400 or 500) level in lieu of taking courses leading to certification.
The Maine State Summer Institute for Teachers of French and Spanish is planned and overseen by an Advisory Council that makes recommendations to the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Modern Languages and Classics at the University of Maine, Prof. Jane Smith.
The Master of Arts in French
This program (30 credits) is intended for individuals with an interest in language, linguistics, literature, or culture and who are considering pursuing a doctoral degree in the field. The candidate will be expected to demonstrate both oral and written proficiency in French in the course of his or her studies. Candidates must complete 24 credits of course work in literature, language, linguistics and culture, with a minimum of 12 credits at the 500-level. The program of study may include courses in other departments when these relate to the student’s field of interest. Six hours of thesis credits are also required. Upon completion of the thesis, the Master of Arts candidate will defend the thesis for a committee of the graduate faculty at an oral examination which will also include questions on the student’s course work.
The Master of Arts in French
With a concentration in French Literature
This concentration is intended for individuals with an interest in literature. Candidates specializing in French literature are expected to complete the requirements for the M.A. described above by including four courses in literature, three of which must be at the 500-level, in their program of study.
The Master of Arts in French
With a concentration in North American French Studies
North American French studies at the University of Maine developed from a natural link between the department and the geographic location of the university. The large number of francophone citizens who make up the population of the state of Maine, the significant communities with French heritage (Quebécois and Acadian) that surround it, and the presence of Franco-American and Canadian-American Centers on campus have combined to create a strong interest and an expertise in North American French language and culture. The requirements for this degree are similar to those of the M.A. described above. The primary difference is that literature, language, and culture courses will be oriented to francophone North America.
The Department of Modern Languages and Classics annually awards two graduate teaching assistantships in French. TAs generally teach one first or second-year French course per semester. Graduate degree candidates may also be nominated for Trustee Tuition Scholarships and Chase Distinguished Research Assistantships offered by the Graduate School. Others may qualify for Canadian-American Center Assistantships, New England, Atlantic Provinces, and Québec Fellowships, and Foreign Language and Area Studies awards available through the Canadian-American Center.
The Graduate Faculty
- Prof. Carlos Villacorta (Spanish) (Graduate Coordinator)
- Prof. Eugene Del Vecchio (Spanish)
- Prof. Susan Pinette (Franco American Studies)
- Prof. Frédéric Rondeau (French)
- Prof. Jane Smith (French)
Associate Graduate Faculty
Associate Graduate Faculty generally teach graduate courses or serve on M.A. thesis or M.A.T. or M.L.S. portfolio committees.
- Prof. Nancy Erickson (French)
- Prof. Kathleen March, Emerita (Spanish)
- Prof. Kristina Passman, Emerita (Classics)
- Prof. Raymond Pelletier, Emeritus (French)
- Prof. Jean-Claude Redonnet (French), Director of Research and Professor Emeritus, Université de Paris – Sorbonne
- Maria Sandweiss, Lecturer (Spanish)
- Prof. Kathryn Slott (French)
- Prof. James Troiano, Emeritus (Spanish)
Current Graduate Students in French (2015-16)
- Stacy Black (B.A. Eastern Illinois University); candidate for the M.A. in French and Graduate Teaching Assistant
- Sean Danner (B.A. Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne); candidate for the M.A. in French and FLAS Award recipient
- Frances Doyle (B.A. University of Maine); candidate for the M.A.T. in French and Graduate Teaching Assistant
- Joe Garbowski (B.A. Long Island University); candidate for the M.A. in French
- Jennifer Guay (B.A. University of Vermont, B.S. Skidmore College); candidate for the M.A. in French concentration in North American French Studies and FLAS Award recipient
- Bonny Young (B.A. Keene State College); candidate for the M.A.T. in French
Current Graduate Students in Spanish (2015-16)
- Rebecca Graham (B.A. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; M.Ed. University of Southern Maine); candidate for the M.A.T. in Spanish
- Donna Irish (B.A., Simmons College); candidate for the M.A.T. in Spanish
- Eunice Kullick Loredo (B.S. Business, Universidad Madero); candidate for the M.A.T. in Spanish
- Mirna Reyes Henderson (B.A., Maine); candidate for the M.A.T. in Spanish
- Elda Inés Weaver (Bachelor’s, Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto); candidate for the M.A.T. in Spanish
Recent Graduates of the M.A. and M.A.T. programs
- Essivi Abotsi (B.A. University of Togo); M.A.T. in French (2010)
- Timothy N. Allen (B.A. Empire State College); M.A.T. in French (2011)
- Johanna Bridges (Bachelor’s, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana); M.A.T. in Spanish (2014)
- Robert Daigle (B.A. Keene State University); M.A.T. in French (2012)
- Heather Duquette (B.A. Maine); M.A.T. in French (2014); currently teaching in Augusta, Maine
- Sarah Vigneault Dyer (B.A. Saint Anselm College); M.A.T. in Spanish (2014)
- Margaret Esten (B.A., Smith College, Diploma with Merit, London School of Economics); M.A.T. in Spanish (2015)
- Lori Fineman; (B.A. Wheaton College); M.A.T. in French (2010); currently teaching on Mount Desert Island, Maine
- Meaghann Fisher (B.A. University of Maine); M.A. in French (2011)
- Hilary Hanscom (B.A. Maine); M.A.T. in French (2013)
- Aaron Henderson (B.A. University of Maine); M.A.T. in Spanish (2013)
- Alison Huff (B.A. University of Maine); M.A.T. in Spanish (2012)
- Vanessa Kelley (B.A. University of Southern Maine); M.A.T. in French (2015)
- Danielle Laliberté (B.A., M.A. University of Maine); M.A. in French (2011); currently teaching at Maine Maritime Academy
- Susan Lamont (B.A. Miami University); M.A.T. in Spanish (2012)
- Ana Leira-Jimenez (B.A. Universidad de Santiago de Compostela); M.A.T. in Spanish (2013), M.A. in Liberal Studies (2013)
- Megan Linscott (B.A. University of Maine at Presque Isle); M.A.T. in French (2013)
- Lise Pelletier (B.A. Université de Moncton, M.A. Maine); currently working as director of the Acadian Archives at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (ME)
- Rachel Precopio-White (B.A. University of Maine); M.A.T. in Spanish (2013)
- Elisa Sance (License, Université d’Angers); M.A. in French with a concentration in North American French Studies (2014); currently in the Ph.D. program in History at UMaine
- Sarah Simpson (B.A. University of Maine); M.A.T. in French (2015)
- Marjolaine Whittlesey (B.A. College of the Atlantic), M.A. in French (2013)
For more information, contact the Graduate Coordinator, Prof. Carlos Villacorta, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Graduate School website at http://www.umaine.edu/graduate/.
Would you like to apply? Please follow this link to the Graduate School’s online application: https://www.umaine.edu/graduate/application.