Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2018

Requirements for the MAT in Spanish

The degree program consists of 47 credits, distributed among the areas listed below. Unless otherwise noted, each course is three credits. All degree requirements must be completed within five (5) years from the semester date of admission as a matriculated student.

15 credits; courses not listed are selected with the approval of a departmental advisor

Spanish (HEGIS 0802)
Choose five of the following with the approval of the graduate program director: 
SPN 501 Spanish Historical Linguistics
SPN 502 Methods in Linguistics Research
SPN 503 Spanish Linguistics
SPN 504 Contrastive Analysis
SPN 505 Spanish Dialectology and Sociolinguistics
SPN 510 Hispanic Culture
SPN 515 Spanish Composition and Stylistics
SPN 500-level Courses in Literature (to be selected by student and advisor)
SPN 691 Practicum in Teaching Spanish


CEE 505 Education: Theory and Practice
CEF 547 Principles and Practices of Special Education 
PSY 595 Human Development
FLA 505 Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages
FLA 506 Portfolio Development (prerequisite FLA 505)
FLA 507 Critical Pedagogy or FLA 540 Foreign Language Acquisition Research 
FLA 549 Field Experience I—Grades 7-9 (one credit; corequisite FLA 505)
FLA 550 Field Experience II—Grades 10-12 (one credit; corequisite FLA 506) 
FLA 554 Student Teaching Seminar (prerequisites FLA 505, 506, & 540; corequisites FLA 551 & FLA 552) 
FLA 571 Technology and Education or FLA 507 Critical Pedagogy

At the program director’s discretion, an undergraduate course from a registered and approved program may be approved as a substitution for any of the courses listed below. In all cases the undergraduate course must have been completed with a B or higher and the student must then take a different graduate pedagogy course to fulfill the graduate credits required for the graduate degree.

  • CEE 505: Education – Theory and Practice
  • CEF 547: Principles and Practices of Special Education
  • LIN 544: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development
  • PSY 595: Human Development

Speak to your graduate program director for more information and approval.


Students will be required to complete 100 clock hours of field experience related to coursework prior to student teaching or practica. These experiences include practicing skills for interacting with parents, experiences in high-need schools, and experiences with each of the following student populations: socio-economically disadvantaged students, students who are English Language Learners, and students with disabilities.


Prior to student teaching , students must participate in an official ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) and receive a minimum spoken proficiency rating of Advanced-Low as defined in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines-Speaking (1999). Students must contact Language Testing International (LTI) and arrange for either a face-to-face OPI or a phone interview.

FLA 551 Supervised Student Teaching High School Grades 10-12: Foreign Languages (prerequisites FLA 505, 506, and 540; corequisites FLA 552 and 554)
FLA 552 Supervised Student Teaching Middle School Grades 7-9: Foreign Languages (prerequisites FLA 505, 506, and 540; corequisites FLA 551 and FLA 554)


Students in all degree programs will be required to complete a four-week foreign language teaching module specifically designed for the Supervised Student Teaching project.


The Master of Arts in Teaching is a New York State registered and approved program that qualifies students for license upon successful degree completion. Students must complete all courses required for the MAT and must receive a grade of B or better in all pedagogy and foundation courses as well as an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all course work attempted while matriculated in a graduate teacher preparation program.

In addition, all teacher preparation candidates must be fingerprinted and must also complete certification workshops in:

  • Child Abuse
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) 
  • School Violence (Project Save)

See  Certification and Licensing Workshops  for details and schedules.

Also, all students will have to complete the ALST (Academic Literacy Skills Test), Educating All Students Test, and the revised CST (Content Specialty Test) in the area of the Certificate. Please check with the MAT program director for specific requirements.