College of Arts and Letters2014-2015
Department of Global Languages and Cultures
Spanish, Master of Arts in Teaching
The M.A.T. Spanish offers a professional foundation in the academic areas of Teaching and Pedagogy, Literature and Culture, and Linguistics to prepare teachers to excel in a rapidly changing classroom with an increasing number of bilingual and heritage language speakers.
Students (both native and non-native Spanish speakers) will be enrolled in graduate-level courses conducted entirely in Spanish. This will allow you to attain a high level of proficiency in the language.
What Can I Do with a Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish?
We prepare you to apply the most current methods, strategies, and technologies for teaching Spanish in a classroom environment that fosters cultural diversity. We provide you with the tools to become a master of knowledge directly related to classroom practices. Through linguistics, literature, and pedagogy, you will gain theoretical knowledge and practical expertise for understanding language acquisition in general and Spanish in particular.
Career opportunities that might be pursued:
- Spanish teacher
- Corporate educator
- Spanish-language reporter
To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)
You must additionally complete:
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
- All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
- All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
|Minimum Units for Completion||36|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.|
|Comprehensive Exam||Comprehensive Exam is required.
|Foreign Language||A foreign language is required.
|Progression Plan Link||View Program of Study|
Student Learning Outcomes
The mission of the Northern Arizona University Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish program is to prepare current and future Spanish teachers to apply the most current methods, strategies, and technologies for teaching Spanish in a classroom environment that fosters cultural diversity. Students receive specific training related to three areas: Teaching and Pedagogy, Literature and Culture, and Linguistics. Students integrate such knowledge into courses they teach at the secondary and postsecondary levels.
By the end of the program, the graduate students will be able to:
- develop detailed lesson-plans and assessment instruments, as well as effective activities and resources for teaching secondary and/or junior college level Spanish
- teach Spanish at the secondary and/or junior college level using the latest methodologies
- integrate technology into the teaching of Spanish to enhance students’ learning
- participate in scholarly activities related to the teaching of Spanish in the state of Arizona and in the US
- critically examine a variety of methods of Spanish Instruction
- critically examine current theories of Second-Language Acquisition
- integrate literature into the Spanish classroom to promote cultural awareness and provide context to language instruction
- develop teaching-related research projects that combine knowledge of the three areas of the MAT program: Teaching, Linguistics, and Literature
- analyze the linguistic features of the Spanish language at the sound, word, sentence and discourse levels and explain how they change across time, place and social groups
Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
- Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
- For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
- International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy
Individual program admission requirements include:
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Academic essay written in Spanish
- Spanish oral sample that talks about a past experience to gauge your speaking abilities in Spanish
- Personal statement or essay
Take the following 36 units:
Teaching and Pedagogy
- SPA 689 (3 units)
Please note that this academic plan does not lead to Arizona state teacher certification. See the "College of Education" section of this catalog for information about certification programs.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
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