Upper Secondary School Teacher Training in Latin Language and Literature

Nemo nascitur sapiens, sed fit. "No one is born wise but he becomes wise." Seneca

General information

The Master’s degree study programme for Upper Secondary School Teacher Training in Latin Language and Literature prepares students for professional careers at secondary schools or high schools. Students attend general pedagogical disciplines and acquire the necessary skills to prepare and carry out the teaching profession. They learn how to formulate teaching materials appropriately and intelligibly. The aim of didactics is to transmit the modern methods of teaching foreign languages. The study programme enables students to get to know the thoughts and works of famous ancient writers, scholars, philosophers, generals, and politicians in their original form. These works constitute the firm basis of the European values of humanity. The study programme also enables students to get acquainted with the Ancient Greco-Roman world in a broad context.

The study programme can be for a single-subject or a double-subject Master’s degree. Students can choose one of two specializations, Classical or Mediaeval, according to their interests.

In the Classical specialization, all periods of the development of Latin, from the earliest epigraphic testimonies (7th-6th century BC) to the so-called late Latin, are studied through comparison with the classical norm of Latin studied in the Bachelor’s degree study programme. This covers phonological, morphological, and syntactical changes in the language. Apart from diachronic linguistics, the specialization focuses on improving the knowledge of classical literature – including the styles of notable Roman writers and the development of particular genres. As an option, the students can explore selected issues of the cultural and political history of the classical world, the Byzantine Empire, and the Arabic region. Within the framework of pedagogic and didactic disciplines, the specific requirements posed by the fact that Latin is no longer spoken are emphasized, as is the comparison of Latin and Czech languages, as well as on the ability to embed language training into the broader context of ancient civilization. Special attention is paid to mythology and ancient ways of life.

In the Mediaeval specialization, the various phases of the development of Latin from late Latin to medieval Latin are studied. The stress is put on the orthographical, phonological, morphological, and syntactical features of vulgar Latin in the pre-Romanesque period of the development of Latin, of the so-called Merovingian Latin, and of the Latin of Carolingian Age. The changes in Latin vocabulary from the late Roman Empire to the era of the major translations from Greek and Arabic (11th-12th century) are examined as well. The specialization involves familiarity with medieval cultural history, especially the history of literature, mediaeval libraries, writing (paleography), and literary knowledge. Within the framework of pedagogic and didactic disciplines, the specific requirements posed by the fact that Latin is no longer spoken are emphasized, as is the comparison of Latin and Czech languages, as well as on the ability to embed language training into the broader context of European civilization and Christianity.

A successful graduate is able to

  • use the acquired pedagogical skills and didactic methods
  • intelligibly and clearly explain a discussed matter
  • prepare and teach Latin lessons at a secondary school
  • apply some principles of new methods of education
  • evaluate student results
  • explain the phonological and morphological development of Latin until late antiquity and further until the end of the Middle Ages
  • compare Latin normative grammar with some aspects of vulgar and medieval Latin
  • illustrate the main features of Ancient or Medieval (both European and Bohemian) literature written in Latin
  • sketch the historical, philosophical, and religious background of the development of the society in antiquity and/or in the Middle Ages
  • translate more complicated Latin texts into Czech and individual sentences into Latin
  • interpret critically selected original Latin texts of the classical and/or medieval period
  • read selected types of metre
  • work with scholarly literature written in foreign languages, electronic databases, and various sources of information
  • write a longer, structured text on scholarly topics

Graduate employment

This Master’s degree study programme allows graduates primarily to work as teachers at secondary schools. Graduates can also work in archives, libraries, and museums, and can handle specialist and language tasks (e.g. proofreading) in publishing houses or work in mass media.

Faculty Faculty of Arts
Type of study follow-up master's
Mode full-time
Standard length of studies 2 years
Language of instruction czech

Field of study combinations

Field combinations with Upper Secondary School Teacher Training in Latin Language and Literature

Admission Requirements

Unfortunately no information about admission requirements is available.

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Additional information

More information about the study programmes of Upper Secondary School Teacher Training can be found at the website of the Department of Educational Sciences:

http://pedagogika.phil.muni.cz/pro-uchazece/navazujici-magisterske-studium/ucitelstvi-pro-stredni-skoly-na-ff-mu

http://pedagogika.phil.muni.cz/studium/ucitelstvi-pro-stredni-skoly-na-ff-mu