The master of arts in teaching is for those interested in pursuing a career in K-12 teaching or teaching at the community college level. The program focuses especially on providing training in Spanish that will be of practical use for teachers working in a bilingual setting. Our M.A.T. offers fluent Spanish speakers who may come from a variety of cultural and educational traditions a thorough grounding in the methodologies and expectations common in U.S. classrooms. The M.A.T. is also a good fit for Anglophone students looking to improve their fluency in Spanish. Graduates will combine advanced abilities in the target language with intense training in pedagogical methods and an acute sensibility to the special needs in their academic and cultural communities.

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts showing a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (an undergraduate major in foreign language is not mandatory for M.A.T. study)
  • OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) scores (admission score is Advanced Low)
  • Praxis II with a minimum score of 168 (not required for admission but must be taken before degree is completed)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A writing sample/statement of purpose both in English and Spanish

Admission Deadlines:
Fall Priority Deadline: March 1st
Spring Priority Deadline: November 1st

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Degree Requirements

Track 1 for already certified teachers of Spanish (30 credits)

  • 18 credits in the language (including six credits in linguistics, or literature/culture)
  • 3 credits in Methods of Teaching Spanish
  • 3 credits in Second Language Acquisition
  • 3 credits in Psychological Foundations of Teaching Spanish
  • 3 credit capstone course including a teaching portfolio pretension and defense
  • Comprehensive exams for linguistics and literatures and cultures.

Track 2 for students pursuing teacher certification (42 credits)

  • Track 1 requirements listed above (30 credits)
  • Practicum (3 credits)
  • Student Teaching (9 credits)