The Teaching of Spanish Concentration

The MA concentration in the Teaching of Spanish offers preparation for students interested in teaching at high schools or elementary school teaching or other non-academic careers that require advanced professional university education in Spanish beyond the B.A.


The applicant must hold, or anticipate completing by the time of admission, a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or the equivalent degree from a university outside the U.S. The applicant is expected to have a minimum of 15 semester hours of Spanish courses at the advanced level and one advanced Spanish grammar and composition course or the equivalent of the undergraduate major in Spanish, Education or related field.  The applicant is expected to have a minimum grade-point average of 3.3 on a 4-point scale overall. Language proficiency must be demonstrated through university level course work, life experiences or examination as determined by the graduate admissions committee.


Upon entering the program, the student establishes his/her degree study program in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies. The student is required to complete a minimum of 33 graduate units, as follows:

  • 15 units in Language Teaching Methodologies, Second Language Acquisition, and Technology Enhanced Language Learning.
  • 15 units (3 in each area, selected in consultation with the Graduate Advisor) in Spanish Linguistics, Spanish Peninsular or Latin American Literature, Spanish Peninsular or Latin American Cultural Studies, Advanced Language Course, and Translation Studies.
  • A 3-unit Introduction to Hispanic Studies taken in the first year of residence.
  • Graduate Assistants Appointments (GAs) in Spanish and Portuguese are required to complete a language teaching methodology course (SPAN-581A) before or during their first semester of classroom teaching. The methodology course may count for one of the courses in the specialization.

In addition, the student must take a comprehensive written examination upon completion of all course work.

Study Abroad options

Students in the MA track in the Teaching of Spanish can spend a year abroad in Alcalá de Henares in the Master in Learning and Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (Instituto Franklin), 60 European Credit Units.