M.A. degree program in education: Spanish teacher (7-12)
HEGIS code 1105.01
NYS SED program code 26800

The Department of Modern Languages and Literature in conjunction with the Department of Secondary Education, offers a master of arts degree in education for Spanish teachers (grades 7-12). The New York State Education Department licenses graduates of registered teacher education programs who meet the state requirements for teachers. Please consult the Bulletin under Modern Languages and Literature for the M.A. degree program Spanish teacher (7-12) HEGIS code 1105.01; SED program code 26800

This master of arts program provides students with an introduction to the Peninsular/Latin American literature. At the same time, the focus on language and culture fully prepares students for employment as foreign language teachers at the middle and high school levels.

Coursework is divided between the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (six courses) and the Department of Secondary Education (generally four courses). The courses required by the Department of Secondary Education vary depending on the entry qualifications of students. All students should consult with the Department of Secondary Education for the current requirements.

Program Heads

Name
Title
Phone
Email
Office Hours
Childers, William Associate Professor 718.951.5000 x6635 4107 Boylan Hall wchilders @ brooklyn.cuny.edu  
Di Bugnara, Ralph Adjunct Lecturer   2306 James Hall ralphdb @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Email for appointment

 

Admission Requirements

Department Education, Secondary Education
Modern Languages And Literatures
Fall Application Deadline May 15th - rolling admission
Spring Application Deadline November 15th - rolling admission
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit to the Office of Admissions official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, two letters of recommendation, resume, photocopy of New York State or other state teaching certificate (if already certified). On a separate page, attach a brief biographical statement of 500 to 1,000 words describing your reasons for pursuing the specific graduate program to which you are applying and your future professional goals. Interview with department.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 550, 213, 79
Examinations

 

The profession of teacher education is licensed by the New York State Education Department. Therefore, program requirements are subject to change. All students should consult with the School of Education for the current requirements.

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Matriculation requirements
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Applicants must offer at least 18 credits in advanced courses in Spanish.

Applicants must also offer (a) or (b) or (c):

(a) New York State Initial Certification in Adolescence Education for grades 7-12.

(b) courses in education that meet the New York State standards for the pedagogical core. These courses include study of the following: history of education and philosophy of education or principles of education or educational sociology; educational psychology or developmental psychology or psychology of adolescence or adolescent development; classroom management; teaching students with special needs and English language learners; 6 credits in literacy and language acquisition; curriculum development and methods of assessing student learning; uses of technology in the classroom; methods of teaching Spanish in grades 7-12; 100 hours of fieldwork; 40 days or 300 hours of student teaching of Spanish in grades 7-12; or one year of full-time teaching.

(c) an undergraduate degree with a major in Spanish or appropriate course work in Spanish.

Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00. A minimum average of 3.00 in graduate courses is required to maintain matriculation.

International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the internet-based test, before being considered for admission.

Applicants who have not completed all the specific course requirements are given individual consideration and may be admitted with conditions, with the approval of the head of adolescence education and special subjects in the School of Education and the chairperson of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

Applicants must consult matriculation requirements for adolescence education and special subjects in the School of Education section of the Bulletin, and should see the head of adolescence education and special subjects for counseling. General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."

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Degree requirements
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A minimum of 30 credits is required for the degree.

Students must complete 12 credits in courses of the School of Education.

Students take different education courses and sequences of courses depending on their previous course work, teaching experience, and the certificates they hold.

Students who possess Initial Certification in teaching Spanish must complete 9 credits in Group II and 3 credits in Group III, below.

Students who do not possess Initial Certification in teaching Spanish or equivalent course work and teaching experience or who are teaching but do not possess Initial Certification in teaching Spanish must have the appropriate course work and credits in the subject area and must complete the appropriate courses in Group I before taking courses in Groups II and III, below.

Students pursuing Initial Certification in teaching Spanish must take ED 7503X, Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum, in Group III.

Students who already have a master's degree but wish Initial Certification in teaching Spanish must take appropriate courses in Group I and Group III, below, as determined at the time of matriculation by the head of adolescence education and special subjects in the School of Education.

- Group I
Education 7500X, 7501X, 7534T, 7542T, 7516T, 7543T.
- Group II
Education 7502T, 7510T, 7523T.
- Group III
Education 7005X, 7504T, 7671X, 7527T, 7684T, 7545X, 7503X, Education 7548X/English 7507X, Education 7549X/Theater 7141X, Education 7038X.

Students must also complete requirements in Spanish as follows:

The following courses are required: Spanish 7010X; 7510X or 7520X; a course in American literature; and a course in Peninsular Spanish literature.

Students must pass a written and oral comprehensive examination and complete a substantial final project, which may take the form of a thesis in Spanish, or may consist of a "teaching unit" completed under the co-direction of the Department of Modern Language and Literatures and the School of Education. Students may take the comprehensive examination beginning in the semester in which they will have earned 18 credits.
The writing of the thesis or completion of the teaching unit will take place during a one credit tutorial, Spanish 7790X, to be taken as the final course of the student's program. Spanish 7790X, however, is not a required course for the degree.

Information about the comprehensive examination is in the section "Academic Regulations and Procedures."

Courses in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department and the School of Education offered toward the degree must be 7000-level courses.

The program of study must be approved early in the first semester by the chairperson or deputy chairperson of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department and the head of adolescence education and special subjects in the School of Education.