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M.A in Teaching Spanish 7-12

This program is designed for candidates seeking a Master's degree in Teaching Spanish. Graduates of this program are eligible for New York State Certification in Teaching Spanish grades 7-12 upon completion of additional New York State Education Requirements. Applicants for this degree include the following:

Sequence 1 (33-36 credits). Candidates who seek initial New York State certification in Teaching Spanish grades 7-12

Sequence 2 (33 credits). Transitional B candidates who seek initial New York State certification in Teaching Spanish grades 7-12

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university with an overall GPA of B or better.
  • Demonstrate the ability to successfully pursue graduate study by earning a B or better in Spanish course work.
  • Have completed 24 credits in advanced (300-level and above) undergraduate Spanish courses (including a minimum of 12 advanced credits in literature courses conducted in Spanish). If these requirements are not met, additional undergraduate courses must be completed before admission to the program and after consultation with the Department of Languages and Literatures.
  • Submit evidence of having taken the New York State Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST).
  • If conditionally admitted, make up not more than 12 credits of specific undergraduate course work, starting in the first semester and finishing in no more than three consecutive semesters.
  • For Sequence 2, be eligible for a valid New York State Transitional B certificate in Teaching Spanish grades 7-12.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Report to the Department of Languages and Literatures for consultation with adviser and assessment of Spanish language skills prior to matriculation.
  • Submit scores for the ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) prior to matriculation.

Degree Requirements

Students must consult with an adviser in the M.A. Teaching Spanish program before starting their master's program. During their first semester, matriculated students are required to plan their program with a program adviser. All students must complete the curriculum corresponding to one of the two sequences below.

Sequence 1 (Teaching Spanish) requires a total of 33-36 credits distributed as follows:

15 credits in Spanish, including SPA 601, with a minimum of 3 credits in Peninsular Literature, and 3 credits in Hispanic American literatures.

18-21 credits in Education, including ESC 501 (3), ESC 502 (3), ESC 506 (3), ESC 524 (3), ESC 562 (3), plus ESC 595 (for in-service teachers; 3 credits) or ESC 596 (for pre-service teachers, 6 credits).

Sequence 2 (Teaching Spanish: Transitional B) requires a total of 33 credits distributed as follows:

15 credits in Spanish, including SPA 601, with a minimum of 3 credits in Peninsular Literature, and 3 credits in Hispanic American literatures.

18 credits in Education, including ESC 501 (3), ESC 502 (3), ESC 506 (3), ESC 524 (3), ESC 562 (3), ESC 595 (3), ESC 611 (0), and ESC 612 (0).

Any student who did not obtain a passing score on the ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) must re-do the interview prior to completing 18 credits and obtain passing scores. All students in the program must pass a comprehensive examination.

Additional Requirements for Certification in Teaching Spanish 7-12:

In order to be recommended for Initial Certification in teaching Spanish 7-12, candidates in Sequence 1-2 must (a) have a bachelor's degree that meets New York State requirements for a core in the liberal arts and sciences; (b) present passing scores on the following New York State examinations: LAST, ATS-W, and Content Specialty Test; and (c) meet any additional New York State requirements.

In addition to completing a Master's program, in order to qualify for Professional Certification in teaching Spanish 7-12, candidates in sequences 1-2 must have completed three years of full-time teaching in a public or private school which serves grades 7-12 and must meet any additional New York State requirements.

Nonmatriculants

Nonmatriculants must meet with an adviser from the Department of Middle and High School Education and must have their skills assessed by an adviser from the Department of Languages and Literatures prior to registration.

Last modified: 3/11/2014