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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 will apply to one of the 2 following sequences based on their qualifications:

Sequence 1 (36-39 credits). Candidates who seek initial New York State certification in Teaching Spanish grades 7-12

Sequence 2 (36 credits). Transitional B candidates who seek initial New York State certification in Teaching Spanish grades 7-12

Admission Requirements

1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a Spanish major (or its equivalent) and an overall index of 3.0 or higher. In order to be recommended by Lehman College for certification in Teaching Spanish, candidates must have completed a core of liberal arts/sciences courses in addition to their major (see adviser for details).

2. Demonstrate the ability to successfully pursue graduate study by earning a B or better in Spanish coursework.

3. 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.

4. Submit scores from the New York State Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) and the Spanish Content Specialty Test (CST).

5. If conditionally admitted, meet conditions starting in the first semester and finishing in no more than three consecutive semesters.

6. For Sequence 2, be eligible for a valid New York State Transitional B certificate in Teaching Spanish grades 7-12.

7. Two letters of recommendation.

8. Report to the Department of Languages and Literatures for consultation with adviser and assessment of Spanish language skills prior to matriculation.

9. Oral proficiency at the Advanced Low level on the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Advanced Level Check Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). Candidates who do not score Advanced Low are accepted conditionally and must redo and pass the interview before completion of 18 credits.

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 (36-39 crs.). Candidates who seek initial New York State certification in Spanish grades 7-12

  • Educational Foundations (12 crs.)

ESC 501 (3), ESC 502 (3), ESC 529 (3), ESC 506 (3)

  • Methods of Teaching Spanish (6 crs.)

ESC 524 (3), ESC 562 (3)

  • Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture (15 crs.)

SPA 601 (3), SPA 618 (3), SPA 619 (3), and 6 credits of electives to be determined in consultation with the adviser from the Department of Languages and Literatures.

  • Student Teaching or Teaching Internship and Seminar (3-6 crs.)

Teaching Internship for full-time Spanish teachers, ESC 595 (2) and ESC 611 (1) or Student Teaching in Spanish, ESC 596 (3) and ESC 612 (3)

Sequence 2 (36 crs.) Transitional B candidates who seek initial New York State certification in Spanish grades 7-12

  • Educational Foundations (12 crs.)

ESC 501 (3), ESC 502 (3), ESC 529 (3), ESC 506 (3)

  • Methods of Teaching Spanish (6 crs.)

ESC 524 (3), ESC 562 (3)

  • Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture (15 crs.)

SPA 601 (3), SPA 618 (3), SPA 619 (3), and 6 credits of electives to be determined in consultation with the adviser from the Department of Languages and Literatures.

  • Teaching Internship

ESC 595 (2) and ESC 611 (1)

  • In addition to successful completion of coursework with an overall GPA of 3.0, all candidates must pass a comprehensive Spanish examination with the Department of Languages and Literatures in order to graduate.

Additional Requirements for Certification in Teaching Spanish 7-12:

In order to be recommended for Initial Certification in teaching Spanish 7-12, candidates must (a) have a bachelor's degree that meets New York State requirements for a core in the liberal arts and sciences (please see adviser for details); (b) for candidates seeking initial certification, present passing scores on the following New York State examinations: ALST, EAS, edTPA and Spanish Content Specialty Test; for candidates certified prior to April 30, 2014, present passing scores only on the Spanish Content Specialty Test; and (c) meet any additional New York State requirements.

In order to qualify for Professional Certification in teaching Spanish 7-12, candidates must successfully complete the master's program, 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.

Qualified Teaching Spanish 7-12 candidates may also apply to the Advanced Certificate: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL P-12), and become ESOL-certified upon successful completion of that program of study.

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: 11/20/2014