Program Overview

Valparaiso University offers an online Master of Arts in Chinese Studies degree with a specialized track for P-12 teachers. The completely online environment of this course offers students increased flexibility and convenience of attending class during their free time. This program currently only leads to a teaching endorsement and not initial teaching certification.

Eligible applicants must already have a teaching license and at least one year of a college level Chinese course. Students can complete this course in about three years while still employed as teachers.

This degree provides current teachers who are Chinese language teachers the opportunity to add this specific endorsement to their license. The program is split up into three sections: summer immersion program in Hangzhou, China, online courses, and optional courses. The online courses cover various topics including Buddhism in China, Contemporary China, Survey of Chinese Literature and much more. The optional courses in this program allow students to enroll in a residential summer program at the university or complete a master’s thesis.

Valparaiso University requires 37 credit hours in order to complete this program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Applicants for the MACS K-12 program must be K-12 teachers who currently possess a teaching license, have an overall grade point average of 3.0 and completed at least two years of college-level Chinese or have a strong background in Chinese language.

    School Overview

    Valparaiso University, also known as Valpo, is a private institution that was founded in 1859. Located on a 310-acre suburban campus in Valparaiso, Indiana, Valparaiso University is the country’s largest independent Lutheran institution and is owned by the Lutheran University Association. Valparaiso University was originally founded by Methodists as a co-educational institution but had to close in 1871 due to losses that occurred during the civil war. In 1873, the university re-opened as the Northern Indiana Normal School and became Valparaiso College in 1900. The university got its current name in 1906. The Lutheran University Association purchased Valparaiso in 1925 and it became a premier learning institution combining professional training and liberal arts university.

    Valparaiso University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. Over 100 academic programs are available in the following colleges and schools:

    • College of Arts & Sciences
    • College of Business
    • College of Engineering
    • College of Nursing and Health Professions
    • Christ College, The Honors College
    • Law School
    • Graduate School



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