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Spanish Language Education

The M.S. in Education with a specialization in Spanish Language Education is designed for individuals who want to further develop their proficiency in the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) while they study innovative teaching methodologies, culture, literature, and linguistics. An effort has been made to include skills appropriate for teaching at all levels of proficiency for both heritage speakers and those learning Spanish as a foreign language. Course content is research-based and infuses best practices in education.

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.

Delivery Options

Coursework for the master's in teaching Spanish program is conducted entirely online.

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 M.S. and Ed.S. Program 0
CUR 0526 Educational Research for Practitioners 3
LANG 0530 Advanced Spanish Grammar 3
LANG 0531 Advanced Spanish Composition 3
LANG 0545 Peoples and Cultures of Spain 3
LANG 0550 Spanish Linguistics for Teachers 3
LANG 0551 Teaching Spanish to Heritage Speakers 3
LANG 0556 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America 3
LANG 0561 Representative Spanish Authors II 3
LANG 0576 Readings in Content Area Spanish 3
LANG 0581 Foreign Language Methods 3
LANG 0699 Applied Professional Experience in Spanish Language Education 3
Choose one of the following three-credit courses
LANG 0560 Representative Spanish Authors I 3
LANG 0575 Spanish Children’s Literature 3

TOTAL CREDITS: 36

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.

  • 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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