MAFLT Graduate Handbook

The Master of Arts in Foreign Language Teaching (MAFLT) Graduate Program Handbook describes the MAFLT Program, outlines the steps in the application process, lists degree requirements, reviews the courses that are taught in the program, and describes the policies and procedures related to the MAFLT Degree Program at Michigan State University. If you have questions about the content of the MAFLT Graduate Program Handbook, please email the MAFLT Program at or make an appointment with the Program Director.

FLT Sites and Platforms for Current Students

If you are a current student, you can access information about courses, review program requirements, and find resources in the following places:

MAFLT Community in D2L:

Click this button or log in to D2L and search for Community. Don’t see it? If you are new, you may need to ask to be added. Use the MAFLT Help Request form.

Microsoft SharePoint – Home page:

This is a hub for all things MAFLT in the Microsoft ecosystem. For more information about Spartan365 and Microsoft Tools available to all MSU students, visit Resources or look in a course syllabus or D2L.

Teams – MAFLT Students group:

Faculty and current students are increasingly avid users of Microsoft Teams. Access Teams by clicking this link or go to and download Teams to your computer and/or mobile device.

Master List of FLT Links:

We have collected a lot of useful links over the years, and now they are compiled into one massive spreadsheet with tabs for various topics. It is updated continuously.

Administrative Forms for FLT Courses

Current Students can click the Students 365 button above and then look for Admin Forms in the side menu.

MSU Resources for FLT Graduate Students

Library Resource Page

As you enter graduate school and navigate your way through courses and assignments, the MSU Library will provide a wide range of important resources. Distance-based students including those in the MAFLT can access academic journals and electronic books just as you would if you were on campus, and you can also access physical books by requesting a scan of a chapter or even having the book sent to you. The MAFLT has a dedicated subject area librarian, Stephanie Perentesis, and she has created a library guide specifically for our program and and the work that our students do. You will also find contact information for Stephanie there, and you can contact her to ask for help with anything related to the library. Access our guide here:

Technical Support

Courses in the MAFLT Program at MSU are all online. For full participation, you will need reliable and fairly fast internet access, a webcam and microphone for virtual meetings and recording presentations, and Microsoft Office software or software that is compatible with it. Students and faculty at MSU can download Microsoft products at no additional cost. Go to and click the link to install Office in the top right corner. 

Courses are administered through MSU’s learning management system, D2L Brightspace ( When you enroll in a class, you will automatically be added to the D2L page for each course. When the instructor opens the course at the beginning of the semester, you will receive an email (at your MSU email account) to alert you that the course is open. 

The following sites will also be useful to you:

  • Distance Learning Services – – links to resources and contact info for the DLS Help Desk, which is available 24/7. 
  • SpartanMail – – This email account is the most important way that MAFLT instructors communicate with students. Please check it every day. You can set it up with Outlook on your desktop and mobile devices or forward it to another email account.
  • Spartan365 – – An array of tools included in Office365, including free download of Microsoft Office Pro.
  • Google Apps for Education – Access to Drive, Calendar, Sites, Classroom, etc. with MSU NetID. Using your MSU access provides for greater security.
  • Kaltura MediaSpace – – Allows faculty and students to create, upload, and share videos. MediaSpace also provides tools for recording presentations.
  • Zoom – – Video conferencing software, similar to Skype or Google Hangouts.

Reach Distance Learning Services by email:

Financial Information and Student Accounts

MAFLT courses have the same tuition for in-state and out-of-state students. Students must be officially accepted to the MAFLT Program to receive this rate. Lifelong Learners (continuing education students not enrolled in the full MA) pay a different rate. See our FAQs or MSU Lifelong Education for more information.

The current cost is always listed on the Student Accounts page of the MSU Controller’s Office. On this page listed below, follow the links for Tuition Rates, Graduate programs, and “On-line Foreign Language Teaching Masters”: 

Controller’s Office – Student Accounts

This year that cost is listed as $700 per credit, which means about $2100 per course. Fees and materials will add to that cost, but usually run less than $100 per semester.

MSU Programs and Centers Connected with the MAFLT

Also see: Related Programs

The home academic unit for the Master of Arts in Foreign Language Teaching (MAFLT) Program is CeLTA:

The MAFLT is also affiliated with the following programs and centers within the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University:

  • Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages (
  • Department of Romance and Classical Studies (
  • Less Commonly Taught Languages Program (LingLang Additional Programs)
  • Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL
  • Second Language Studies PhD Program (