The Education Division of the Association is responsible for all of the Association's activities in the fields of elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education.
The Education Committee consists of elected members who serve as a central resource of information and activity responsive to the educational concerns of teachers and scholars in all fields and at all levels of classical studies. Its members serve ex officio on the Joint Committee (with ACL) on the Classics in American Education (see below) and advises the Vice President of the Education Division on the projects and activities of the other standing committees of the division.
Education Committee Panels
- 2009: "The Other Face of Scholarship: Research in Support of Teaching"
- 2011: "Workshop on Standards for Latin Teacher Preparation"
- 2012: "Teaching about Classics Pedagogy in the 21st Century" (These papers have been published in the Paedagogus section of Classical World 106 .)
- 2013: "Literary Theory in Graduate and Undergraduate Classics Curricula"
Coffin Traveling Fellowship Committee selects an outstanding secondary school Greek and/or Latin teacher to receive a fellowship to study in classical lands (not limited to Greece and Italy).
Committee on Ancient History promotes the study and learning of ancient history at all educational levels.
- 2008 Committee on Ancient History Panel
- 2009 Committee on Ancient History Panel
- 2010 Committee on Ancient History Panel
- 2011 Committee on Ancient History Panel
- 2012 Committee on Ancient History Panel
Committee on Awards for Excellence in Teaching of the Classics reviews nominations and selects up to three recipients annually of the Association's collegiate teaching award.
Joint Committee (with ACL) on the Classics in American Education (JCCAE) works to improve communication and cooperation among all levels of Classics teachers. A subcommittee selects up to two winners of the Association's award for excellence in precollegiate teaching.
Committee on Scholarships for Minority Students oversees the annual selection process and awarding of scholarship assistance to undergraduate minority students and considers ways in which more minorities can be brought into the field.
The Division gives Pedagogy and Teacher Awards to classics teachers at both the collegiate and precollegiate levels. The Association is able to give these awards as a result of a major gift from an anonymous donor, a contribution from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS), and donations to the Friends of Zeph Stewart Fund to the APA's Gatekeeper to Gateway Campaign for the Classics in the 21st Century. Those gifts were eligible for matching funds from a challenge grant awarded to the Association by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Links to Education Division Projects
- Guide to Graduate Programs in the Classics: The Guide to Graduate Programs in the Classics is a project of the American Philological Association’s Committee on Education. During the past year the APA has decided to make this resource primarily an electronic publication so that it can be updated more frequently. As a temporary measure, a list of departments offering graduate programs is available.
Careers for Classicists in Today’s World by Kenneth F. Kitchell, Jr. with the assistance of the APA Education Committee. Careers is copyright 2012 by the American Philological Association (APA) and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. You can download a pdf version of this pamphlet here.
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We are very grateful to Prof. Kitchell for his hard work in updating this important pamphlet. The APA will soon produce a limited number of printed copies of this document for sale at a price of $3 per copy. Use this form to order copies. The pamphlet contains the URLs of many online resources. Please report any problems with these links to Adam Blistein, APA’s Executive Director.
- Report on state certification requirements for teachers of Latin. (Updated March 27, 2011)
- The APA/ACL Joint Task Force on Teacher Training and Certification invites you to review ACL-APA Standards for Latin Teacher Preparation
In response to the upcoming addition of Caesar to the Advanced Placement Latin curriculum, the APA Board in January endorsed the development of a preliminary bibliography to help AP Latin teachers prepare for their future teaching. As APA Vice President for Education, I appointed Board members John Marincola and Ann Vasaly to take on this task and am very appreciative of their efforts.
Other Useful Links
Higher Education Enrollments: The following is posted by permission of the Modern Language Association:
- MLA survey of Enrollments in Languages Other Than English in United States Institutions of Higher Education. Fall 2009 (copyright Modern Language Association) http://www.mla.org/pdf/2009_enrollment_survey.pdf
- You may use the following link, MLA Language Enrollment Database, 1958-2009 (copyright Modern Language Association) to conduct individual searches on enrollments in higher education in languages other than English through time.
- Each year the National Committee for Latin and Greek (NCLG) sponsors National Latin Teacher Recruitment Week (NLTRW), which takes place during the week of March 5th this year. The APA has joined the American Classical League and numerous regional and state organizations in this effort to encourage all Classicists at all levels of instruction to take steps that will ensure that Latin, Greek, and Classics pre-college classrooms have the teachers they need. Thanks to the considerable public interest in Latin and the classical world, demand for Latin teachers at the primary and secondary levels has outrun supply, and there is now a serious shortage in many regions of the USA and Canada. Each year, for lack of teachers, existing programs are cancelled, thriving programs are told they cannot expand, and schools that want to add Latin are unable to do so.
- For a summary of ACTFL’s latest report on U.S. foreign language enrollments in public schools (2007-08), click here. The full report is available from ACTFL for purchase.
- The On-Line Survey of Audio-Visual Resources for Classics. (launches new browser window)
- ACL Teacher Placement Service: The American Classical League (ACL) maintains a listing of openings in primary and secondary schools for teachers of Latin and/or Greek
- Undergraduate Programs in Classics: Statement of Purpose: A report by the APA's Classics Advisory Service (revised 4/2000)
- Roman Comedy Available on YouTube: In summer 2012, Professor Sharon James (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) and Professor Tim Moore (Washington University in St. Louis), co-directed an NEH Summer Institute entitled "Roman Comedy in Performance." This Institute experimented with offering different versions of selected scenes from Roman comedy (Pseudolus, Bacchides, Casina, Eunuchus, Mercator, Persa, Truculentus). Participants produced twenty performed scenes from Roman Comedy, six of them in Latin.
- New Latin Reading Assessment from ACTFL and ACL
Last updated May 15, 2013.