College of Arts and Letters2013-2014

Department of Global Languages and Cultures

Spanish Education, Master of Arts in Teaching

This coursework-based advanced degree prepares students by providing them with relevant classes in learning theories, instructional strategies, assessment modes, and technology/media methods. An internship and teaching assistantship round out a curriculum that includes input from educational psychology.


What Can I Do with a Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish Education?

Do you want to teach Spanish at the high school level? Would you like to bolster your own language abilities? If so, you might love our Teaching Spanish degree.

Our program will provide you with a pathway for secondary education certification in Arizona while allowing you to improve your abilities in Spanish. You will gain a professional foundation in teaching and pedagogy, literature and culture, and linguistics to prepare you to excel in a rapidly changing classroom with an increasing number of bilingual and heritage language speakers. You may also apply the theories and strategies you learn to teach lower-division Spanish classes.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Spanish teacher
  • Corporate educator
  • Interpreter
  • Spanish-language reporter

University Requirements

  • 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.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • 46-unit program providing candidates with a pathway for earning a Master's degree in teaching Spanish, with secondary certification.
  • At least 25 of the graduate units are earned through Spanish graduate classes.
  • The remaining 21 graduate units consist of professional coursework offered by the College of Education, and include 9 units of student teaching.

Candidates in this program are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, professional knowledge, and professional dispositions to be eligible to enter student teaching or internship placements. Content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills, professional dispositions are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in the following course(s):

Minimum Units for Completion 46
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Arizona Certification/Endorsement Prepares student for Arizona Certification and/or Endorsement.
Foreign Language A foreign language is required.
Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching is required.


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.
    • Transcripts
    • 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 
Master's Requirements
  • Take the following 46 units:

    Content/Spanish Requirements (25 units)

    Professional Education Unit/Professional Knowledge Requirements (21 units)

    Complete professional courses offered by the College of Education to qualify for certification to teach Spanish in Arizona and most other states. You must be admitted to the Professional Education Unit.
    Requirement for Arizona Certification

    This is not a part of the MAT Spanish Education Degree Requirements.

    You may also take POS 220 (or POS 110 and POS 241) to satisfy Arizona certification requirements for Federal and State Constitutional knowledge. You may meet this requirement by demonstrating proficiency on the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA) Exam.

  • 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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