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Spanish Language Education (Florida State-Approved for Certification)

The M.S. in Education with a specialization in Spanish Language Education is a state-approved program in Florida for add-on certification for teachers who have an advanced knowledge of Spanish. The courses in this curriculum include essential education courses as well as Spanish courses that will enable the candidates to teach at all K-12 levels, from elementary school Spanish to the Advanced Placement courses. Strategies appropriate for teaching Spanish as a foreign language as well as Spanish for heritage speakers will be explored. Course content is research-based and infuses best practices in education.

  • Completed admission application packet, including a $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University;
  • Official transcripts indicating conferral of a bachelor's degree by a regionally accredited institution (2.5 minimum cumulative GPA required) or the completion of one of the alternative admission requirements;
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions;
  • Valid Teaching Certificate: Temporary or Professional;
  • If entering with Temporary Teaching Certificate, provide passing scores on all subtests for: 
    - CLAST (if taken prior to July, 1, 2002), or 
    - General Knowledge Test (GKT), or 
    - GRE score of 300 (combined verbal and quantitative scales).


The Spanish Language Education program is conducted completely in Spanish, thus an advanced or close to advanced level of Spanish language proficiency is needed to be successful. Beginning in the Fall, 2012, entering students will need to pass an oral language assessment (through a testing service) in order to graduate.

Course Number Course Title Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to the Graduate Teacher Education Program 0
CUR 526 Educational Research for Practitioners 3
EDU 600 Accomplished Practices Seminar 0.5
LANG 530 Advanced Spanish Grammar 3
LANG 531 Advanced Spanish Grammar II 3
LANG 576 Readings in Content Area Spanish 3
LANG 581 Foreign Language Methods 3
LANG 545 Peoples and Cultures of Spain 3
LANG 556 Peoples and Cultures in Early Latin America 3
LANG 560 Representative Spanish Authors I 3
LANG 561 Representative Spanish Authors II 3
LANG 550 Spanish Linguistics for Teachers 3
LANG 575 Spanish Children’s Literature 3
LANG 551 Teaching Spanish to Heritage Speakers 3
LANG 699 Applied Professional Experience in Spanish Language Education 3
EDU 620 Teacher Education Simulation 0.5


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, students will maintain reflective journals and create files of samples of their students’ work and the assessment instruments used to demonstrate achievement of the state professional and content standards. All applied professional experiences are accompanied by a portfolio detailing the rationale, process, and evaluation of the project.

Coursework for the Spanish language education specialization, state-approved in Florida, is conducted entirely online. This approach allows students to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. This distance delivery option allows busy professionals to complete their degree without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

Faculty members for the master of science in education are scholars and educators from Nova Southeastern University and other major universities and institutions throughout the country. In addition many are also highly respected professional practitioners, who are carefully selected on the basis of their subject expertise, teaching abilities, and professional involvement. Most importantly, they are united in their desire to not only educate, but to inspire students to use what they learn to motivate others.

  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework;
  • Successful completion of the Applied Professional Experience, including the portfolio, demonstrating competence with the Educator Accomplished Practices;
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • Completed application for degree and satisfaction of all NSU/FSE financial obligations.


Students with a Temporary Teaching Certificate must provide:

  • Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) - Passing scores on the following areas:
    1. Professional Education Test (PED);
    2. General Knowledge Test (GK) or CLAST (if taken prior to July 1, of 2002);
    3. Subject Area Exam (SAE) in Spanish;
    4. Evidence of student teaching experience or have a minimum of one (1) year of full-time teaching experience in a K-12 school.
    5. Pass the Spanish Oral Proficiency Interview with an "Advanced Low" or higher proficiency level.

Students with a Professional Teaching Certificate must provide:

  • Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) - Passing scores on the following area:
    1. Subject Area Exam (SAE) in Spanish

The master of science in education with a specialization in Spanish language education, state approved in Florida, meets all requirements of the Florida Department of Education’s reading education (grades k–12) add-on certification. Florida participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification Interstate Agreement facilitating mobility of Educational Personnel with over 50 other states and jurisdictions for teacher certification and/or licensure. Graduates who wish to teach outside the state of Florida must contact their state’s department of education for information on achieving certification/licensure through reciprocity.

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