Jul 25, 2024  
2023-2024 School of Graduate Studies Catalog 
2023-2024 School of Graduate Studies Catalog

Spanish, Master of Arts in Teaching

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The MAT in Spanish offers initial licensure in either elementary (P-6) or secondary (5-12) Spanish. Developed in response to the increased need in North Shore Communities for well-trained and licensed Spanish teachers, this program meets the pedagogical and content standard requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education for licensure.

The Advanced Studies track is available for students not seeking initial licensure.

Admission Requirements

Additional Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree with grades of merit from an accredited college or university in an arts and sciences major.

Students for whom English is not a first language must submit satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Please note that the statement of purpose that is submitted as part of the application process for this program must be written in Spanish.

For those seeking initial licensure, a Preliminary license in Spanish (P-6 or 5-12) is required. Preliminary licensure includes a passing score on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL), both the communication and literacy portion and the Spanish subject area portion, in addition to other requirements.

Students who have no teacher preparation coursework or who do not possess a bachelor’s degree in the major should consult with the program coordinator.

Program Requirements

Upon acceptance into the program, you will complete a tentative Plan of Study in consultation with the program coordinator. You must request that any transfer credits be considered at this time. PLEASE NOTE THAT NO MORE THAN THREE COURSES TAKEN AT SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY BEFORE ADMISSION CAN BE COUNTED TOWARDS THIS PROGRAM. You should meet regularly with the program coordinator to discuss your progress and revise your plan of study as needed.

Students enrolled in the MAT in Spanish choose one of four tracks: Initial level licensure (elementary or secondary) for those with a preliminary license, and Advanced Studies level program (elementary or secondary) for those who are not seeking licensure (elementary or secondary). All students complete the Spanish content core (6 courses), which includes a capstone thesis course.

Initial Level Licensure, Master in Teaching Spanish (Elementary P-6 or Secondary 5-12) 36.5 - 39.5 credits:

Licensure Preparation Stage III (Demonstrate): Practicum (3-6 credits)

*NOTE: Elementary (P-6) or Secondary (5-12) Initial Licensure students must have completed the twelve credits of education content courses, the two semester Methods course (EDC782 and EDC783), six credits of Spanish content courses and have passed the OPic proficiency exam before applying for student teaching The six credits in Spanish cannot include SPN 700 or SPN 900

Required of all students:

Total Credits: (36.5 - 39.5)

Advanced Studies Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish (Elementary P-6 or Secondary 5-12) (36 credits):

Education Courses: 4 Education courses (that may include EDC 782 /EDC 783 ), selected in consultation with the program coordinator.

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