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Spanish Language Education

The Master of Science (M.S.) with a specialization in Spanish Language Education requires at the Fischler College of Education 36 credits for completion. Candidates who have knowledge of Spanish can further develop their proficiency in the four skills while they study innovative teaching methodologies, culture, literature, and linguistics. Students in the master’s in Spanish Language Education program will acquire skills appropriate for teaching at all K-12 levels, from elementary school Spanish to Advanced Placement courses. Strategies appropriate for teaching Spanish as a second language as well as Spanish for heritage speakers will be explored. Course content for the online master’s degree in Spanish education is research based and infuses best practices for language educators.

The Spanish Language Education program is conducted completely in Spanish, thus an advanced or close to advanced level of Spanish language proficiency is needed in order to be successful. As of the Fall 2012, in order to graduate, students must achieve at least an Intermediate-High Level on the Official Spanish ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OIT), an oral language assessment.

Who Should Apply

  • Practicing Spanish language teachers who wish to obtain a graduate degree and increase their expertise in the field; OR
  • Individuals with any bachelor's degree, but with a knowledge of Spanish to help them improve their Spanish while they learn how to teach the language.
  • Complete the admission application packet and submit a $50.00 non-refundable fee (U.S. dollars) made payable to Nova Southeastern University (NSU).
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended academic institutions. An official transcript indicating conferral of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is required.
  • Evidence of a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) or test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with a combined score of 1000 for the verbal and quantitative scales only. The GRE must have been taken within the past 5 years from the date of application.
  • Applicants who do not meet the minimum 2.5 GPA or GRE score requirement, may enroll in a maximum of six (6) credit hours and must earn a grade of B or higher in each course during the first term of enrollment for conditional admission. Students who do not earn a grade of B or higher in each course will be subject to dismissal from the program.

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to the Graduate Teacher Education Program 0
CUR 526 Educational Research for Practitioners 3
LANG 530 Advanced Spanish Grammar 3
LANG 531 Advanced Spanish Composition 3
LANG 545 Peoples and Cultures of Spain 3
LANG 550 Spanish Linguistics for Teachers 3
LANG 551 Teaching Spanish to Heritage Speakers 3
LANG 556 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America 3
LANG 561 Representative Spanish Authors II 3
LANG 576 Readings in Content Area Spanish 3
LANG 581 Foreign Language Methods 3
LANG 699 Applied Professional Experience in Spanish Language Education 3
Choose one of the following three-credit courses
LANG 560 Representative Spanish Authors I 3
LANG 575 Spanish Children’s Literature 3


The Applied Professional Experience is one of many practical applications included in the Spanish language education specialization. It is the final step in the completion of the program. Conducted in an appropriate educational setting, candidates will put into practice what they have learned in their program of studies. It involves making three observations and teaching three classes at a school.

Coursework for the master’s in teaching Spanish program is conducted entirely online. This approach allows international students and those who don’t live near our South Florida campuses to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. This distance education option allows busy professionals the option to complete their degree without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

Faculty members in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction are dedicated to preparing aspiring teachers and those seeking careers as professionals in education-related fields. Hailing from NSU and other major universities and institutions throughout the country and around the world, our faculty are highly respected professional practitioners and recognized scholars who are carefully selected on the basis of their subject area expertise, teaching abilities, and professional involvement. Furthermore, they are united in their desire to not only educate, but to inspire students to use what they learn to motivate others.

Meet the Faculty and Staff of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction

  • Complete CUR 526, EDU 5000 and EDU 601 within first term of program at NSU;
  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework;
  • Complete program capstone: Applied Professional Experience (24 credit hours of coursework to include CUR 526 and LANG 581 with a 3.0 cumulative GPA must be completed for eligibility);
  • Maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher;
  • Completed application for degree.

Students are advised to contact their state department of education or an Enrollment Services Representative (Academic Advisor) to determine if this program is suitable for certification/licensure and their career goals.

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