Why study Classics BA/Latin Adolescent Education EdM at UB?
The Latin education program is an accelerated, combined degree program that leads to a classics BA and Latin education EdM in five years.
The field of classics consists of the study of the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome, including their languages and literature, history and archaeology. The classics coursework in the first three years of the program will provide deep knowledge of the classics making students content experts. In addition, select education courses that include experiential components give students opportunity to experience the nuances of the profession.
The graduate portion of the program will continue to build understanding of classics as well as providing the skills to become an effective teacher. The final year in the program includes a one-year residency that allows students to co-teach alongside an expert Latin teacher. The opportunity to experience the inner workings of the classroom from fall setup to end-of-year grading prepares students to enter the teaching profession with expertise and confidence.
At the end of this program, successful students will receive recommendation for New York State Initial and Professional Teacher Certification.
Students in the combined program will complete the same learning outcomes as for the Classics BA –Ancient Latin Language and Literatures concentration degree. In addition, graduates of the Latin Education EdM program will:
- Demonstrate subject specific content expertise that supports effective teaching in the field.
- Create inclusive learning environments to meet individual differences in a caring, culturally responsive, and professional manner.
- Construct relevant and rigorous curricula that includes critical assessment of student learning outcomes.
- Design, develop, and evaluate learning experiences that maximize the use of digital and interactive technologies.
- Promote the application of research and evidence based practices in diverse settings throughout their teaching careers.
- Remain intellectually curious, continually updating their knowledge and skills to ensure ongoing excellence in teaching.
The Learning Environment
The Department of Classics offers lecture courses on the archaeology, culture, history and literature of ancient Greece and Rome, and smaller language classes (in Latin and ancient Greek) that emphasize class participation. Majors must complete a capstone class that draws upon all of the conceptual and analytical skills that they acquired while a major.
Most undergraduate education classes in the Department of Learning and Instruction enroll between 18-24 students while graduate courses enroll between 10 – 18 students. Education courses are offered on campus as well as online. These small class sizes create an intimate learning environment where students have more opportunity to ask questions, contribute to discussions and get to know professors and peers. In the final year of the program, your placement as a “teacher in residence” will provide you comprehensive learning opportunities in a real secondary school classroom setting.
About Our Facilities
The department of Classics is housed in the Millard Fillmore Academic Center. Classics courses are held in the department’s seminar room and in classrooms located both in MFAC and on the Academic Spine of the North Campus. Instructors in lecture classes use technology to make the ancient Mediterranean world more concrete and vivid.
All faculty and administrative offices, advisement, and most classrooms in the Department of Learning and Instruction are located in Baldy Hall. A small selection of classes are scheduled in other locations on UB North Campus. Clinical experiences are offered throughout the program and are embedded in WNY region PreK – 12 schools.
About Our Faculty
Rated nineteenth in the country in a recent survey of classics departments, the UB Department of Classics faculty regularly devotes some or all of their time to undergraduate teaching. Among them is the holder of the Andrew V.V. Raymond Professorship in Classics and past winners of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and SUNY Distinguished Professorship. Members of the faculty have also held the office of President in both the American Philological Association and the Archaeological Institute of America, the two primary professional organizations for classicists in North America. The department also serves as home to the journal Arethusa, an internationally recognized periodical devoted to the publication of scholarship in classical studies. Other editorial affiliations by members of the faculty have included positions with American Journal of Archaeology and Classical World.
Learning and Instruction distinguished faculty researchers are thought leaders and innovators. They share a commitment to mentor students to become leaders in the profession, influencing schools and communities. Our faculty pride themselves in applying knowledge that is based in theory and informed by research done in environments that promote examination of issues across boundaries. The experiences of our faculty help to instill an intellectual curiosity and encourage critical inquiry in students.
Faculty List Directory
Please visit the Classics department website and Learning and Instruction website for additional information about our faculty.
Employment opportunities exist as New York State and other states nationwide are facing current and future teacher shortages. Program graduates will be equipped to find professional employment in public, private, and charter schools as teachers in grades 5-12. Graduates also may find career opportunities as educators, consultants, and researchers in public and private industry, as well as government agencies.
Students may be referred to Dr. David Teegarden, the director of undergraduate studies, for advisement regarding the classics prerequisite courses and any other aspect of the program and the classics discipline more broadly. Students are advised to meet with him at least once every semester to discuss career goals and curriculum. Academic progress in this program is evaluated at the end of each semester.
Academic Advising Contact Information
Director of Undergraduate Studies
To schedule education coursework advisement, contact:
306 Baldy Hall
Academic Advisor, Teacher Education Institute