The need for K-12 teachers in Portuguese is great in the region. The Department of Portuguese participates in UMass Dartmouth’s programs to prepare teachers who are highly qualified, helping provide opportunities for students to receive their licensure. Enrollment in the 4+1 BA-MAT Teacher Preparation program allows undergraduate students to begin the education coursework towards a master’s degree in teaching (MAT) as early as the sophomore year. Half of the degree is completed as an undergraduate, reducing the time and costs of earning a graduate degree. In order to take appropriate prerequisite and enrichment courses, students should indicate their interest both to their Portuguese major advisor and to the Coordinator of Graduate Admissions and Licensure in the School of Education.