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. All students should consult with the Department of Secondary Education for current requirements.

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. The courses required by the Department of Secondary Education vary depending on the entry qualifications of students.

Program Heads

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 Modern Languages And Literatures
Secondary Education
Fall Application Deadline May 15th
Spring Application Deadline November 15th - rolling admission
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions: 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. GRE required. Refer to instructions at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply.php .
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 550, 213, 79
Examinations GRE General Test


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.

Matriculation requirements

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

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

(a) New York State Initial Certification in teaching Spanish grades 7-12 or
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 full days or 300 hours of student teaching of Spanish in grades 7-12; or one year of full-time teaching Spanish at appropriate grade levels, and passage of edTPA.

(b) 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 chairperson of the Department of Secondary Education and the chairperson of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."

Degree requirements
30-46 credits are required for the degree.

Students must complete requirements in Spanish as follows:

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."

Students enroll in the appropriate education courses listed below (Option A or B) based upon teaching experience, previous course work, and the teaching certificates they hold.

Option (A): 30 credits

Students who possess Initial Certification in teaching Spanish or the equivalent must complete the following courses in Secondary Education: SEED 7502T, SEED 7510T, SEED 7548X, and SEED 7523T.

Option (B) 33-46 credits

Students who do not possess Initial Certification in teaching Spanish or the equivalent must complete, depending on previous course work some or all of the following courses in Secondary Education: SEED 7500X, SEED 7501X, SEED 7534T, SEED 7542T, SEED 7516T, SEED 7543T, SEED 7671X, SEED 7502T, SEED 7548X and SEED 7523T.

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 the Department of Secondary Education.