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M.S. in Middle Childhood Education: Spanish (Grades 5 to 9)

Students in ClassroomGraduate students majoring in Middle Childhood Education (Grades 5 to 9) must select an academic specialty from the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum. Such study complements the Middle Childhood courses and provides you with specialized knowledge in one particular discipline. This adds depth and breadth to your level of teaching expertise. It is expected that you, as a teacher, will transmit your enthusiasm for the focused subject to young learners, helping them to grow intellectually and socially. You may select Spanish (18 credits*) from among the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum. Students in Middle Childhood Education will also take 27 credits in teacher education courses.

Spanish Concentration

Spanish is the third most-spoken language in the world, after Chinese and English. The Master of Science degree program with a specialization in Spanish education combines a thorough grounding in educational theory and practice with a foreign language curriculum you can tailor to your own needs and interests. In the core education courses you will master an extensive repertoire of teaching techniques; you will examine the ways that race, class and gender impact the teaching-learning connection; and you will learn effective listening and communication skills. From the rich menu of Spanish graduate courses, you will enhance your understanding of Spanish syntax, stylistics, linguistics and literature. You will have an opportunity to choose from a rich array of electives that range from “Current Spoken Spanish” to “Cervantes and His Epoch” to “Latin American Women Poets.” To learn more about our programs and faculty, visit the Department of Foreign Languages Web site.

At the end of your studies, you will take a written comprehensive examination consisting of essay questions that assess your knowledge of all graduate courses in the Spanish education program.

After you complete the total degree requirements (45 credits) and successfully pass all certification tests (LAST, ATS-W and CSTs) as well as required state workshops, you will be awarded Initial Teaching Certification by the New York State Department of Education to teach Spanish to grades 5 to 9. Please see Teaching Certification Requirements home page for details.

*Note: Students who have not completed at least 30 credits in the subject area in which they teach must complete these credits prior to graduation in order to be recommended for initial certification as a Middle School (Specialist) or Adolescence Education teacher.