Stony Brook University
School of Professional Development

Master of Arts in Teaching: Foreign Languages
Spanish, Italian, French, and German

The Master of Arts in Teaching Foreign Languages programs are designed as courses of study leading to New York State certification for teaching Spanish, Italian, French, and German in the secondary schools (grades 7-12), with an extension option for grades 5-6. This program, which is offered in collaboration with the University's Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature, the Department of European Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Professional Education Program, is designed for those who have little or no previous coursework in education or formal classroom teaching experience.

Teacher Certification

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Program Requirements
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.

Language, Literature and Culture
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

Italian (HEGIS 1104)
ITL 501 Contemporary Italy
ITL 508 Advanced Grammar and Stylistics
One of the following courses in Italian Linguistics: ITL 509, ITL 511, ITL 512, ITL 513
One course in literature
One elective course

French (HEGIS 1102)
FRN 501 Contemporary French Culture and Institutions
FRN 507 Advanced Stylistics
FRN 510 French Phonetics and Diction
Plus two additional graduate-level FRN literature courses

German (HEGIS 1103)
GER 504 German Cultural History
GER 506 Advanced Stylistics

Plus, one of the following courses:

GER 557 History of the German Language
GER 539 Constrative Structures: German-English
GER 558 Middle High German

Plus, two additional graduate-level GER literature courses.

Professional Studies in Education - 26 credits

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

*Effective Sept. 1, 2011, this course is required for degree completion and teacher certification.

Field Experience and Clinical Practice

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.

Supervised Student Teaching - 6 credits

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.

Courses:
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)

Written Project

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.

 

Teacher Certification

This New York State registered and approved program 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.

Teacher preparation candidates must also complete certification workshops in child abusesubstance abuse, and school violence (Project Save).  Also, effective July 1, 2013, all students will have to complete six (6) hour Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) workshop which involves prevention and intervention of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment and discrimination in schools. In addition, they must be fingerprinted. Stony Brook offers these workshops monthly. See Certification and Licensing Workshops for details.

Stony Brook University requires that students must have completed an undergraduate degree and have at least 36 credits in the content field for admission to the MAT program. This course of study should be substantially the equivalent to that of a Stony Brook undergraduate degree program.

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. The activation date of some of the new Content Specialty Tests will vary as they become live during the 2013-2014 academic year.  It is the student’s responsibility to monitor the TEACH website at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/ to ensure that they are taking the appropriate examinations. All students are required to complete and submit the edTPA (Education-Teacher Performance Assessment - Portfolio) in their content field.  Please check with your program director for specific requirements.



Application Information

Minimum Requirements to Apply

  • An academic major (or a minimum of 36 credits) in the program language
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 in your overall bachelor's degree program
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 in language studies

Apply Online

Visit the MAT Application page for instructions and a link to the online application.

Application Deadlines

Fall: March 31
Spring: October 31


Contact Information

For program questions, please contact:
Dr. Prosper Sanou, Director
MAT in Foreign Languages
School of Professional Development
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4310
Telephone: 631-632-7440
Email: Prosper.Sanou@stonybrook.edu

For advisement relative to specific content areas:

French
Dr. Prosper Sanou
Email: Prosper.Sanou@stonybrook.edu
Telephone: 631-632-7440

German
Dr. Robert Bloomer
Email: Robert.Bloomer@stonybrook.edu
Telephone: 631-632-7369

Italian
Dr. Charles Franco
Email: Charles.Franco@stonybrook.edu
Telephone: 631-632-7440

Spanish
Dr. Adrian Perez Melgosa
Email: Adrian.Perezmelgosa@stonybrook.edu
Telephone: 631-632-6877

For application procedure questions, please contact:
MAT Admissions
School of Professional Development
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4310
Telephone: 631-632-7050 (option 1)
Fax: 631-632-4992
Email: spd@stonybrook.edu

 

 


Statement of Student Responsibility
Students themselves—whether new, returning, or continuing—are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and adhering to their degree and/or certificate program requirements. (SPD’s non-matriculating [non-degree] graduate students [GSP] are responsible for adhering to the guidelines related to non-matriculated status.) All SPD students are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and complying with University and SPD regulations, policies, and procedures, as described in all official publications, the University website, and the SPD website, including, but not limited to, SPD’s online references, the SPD Bulletin and SPD Academic Calendar.

 

 

 

 

Related Links

Professional Education Program

New York State Teacher Certification Examination Results


TESOL Information

The Department of Linguistics offers an MA in TESOL leading to certification and license in TESOL, grades N-12.

»TESOL Website


 

 

 

 

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