Spanish Pedagogy MA

M.A. Program in Spanish Pedagogy

Brigham Young University

The purpose of the Spanish Pedagogy M.A. is to prepare graduate students in the field of Spanish language teaching with additional understanding, knowledge, and pedagogic skills beyond those acquired at the B.A. level in order to be an effective teacher in the Spanish classroom and/or a successful student in a doctoral program in foreign language education. (Note: The Spanish Pedagogy M.A. program is not an initial teacher licensure program. Students who desire to earn a teaching license along with an M.A. may wish to look into the World Languages MLA program at the University of Utah or similar programs at other institutions.)

Program Strengths

*Broad range of course offerings, including principles of language teaching and learning, teaching oral and literacy skills, teaching culture, using technology in the classroom, assessing language learning, and conducting research

*Many courses tailored specifically for teachers of Spanish

*One-week mini-courses taught by visiting professors from around the country (recent topics: Spanish for heritage speakers; using technology; teaching culture; Spanish immersion)

*State-of-the-art technological facilities and labs

*Classes offered in late afternoons and evenings to accommodate practicing teachers

*Professional track program available

Prerequisites for Candidates

*Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, Spanish Teaching, or the equivalent

*Strong academic writing skills

*Previous experience teaching Spanish preferred

 Graduation Requirements

*33 credit hours total (27 hours of coursework and 6 project or thesis hours)

*3 semesters (or equivalent) of a second foreign language

*Written specialty exam covering readings and coursework

*Project or thesis

Tuition and Financial Aid

*Department of Spanish and Portuguese typically provides scholarships for 50-80% of LDS tuition for required classes

*Paid teaching assistantships available

For more information contact . . .

Dr. Nieves Knapp, Spanish Pedagogy Section Head

Dr. Lynn Williams, Graduate Coordinator

Pre-requisites for Candidates

Bachelor’s degree in Spanish or other subject. If in another subject, you must have Spanish courses equal to our Spanish minor. Additional information may be obtained from the Pedagogy section head or from the graduate coordinator.

Strong academic writing skills and a capacity to conduct independent research.

Strong language skills in Spanish.

Woman readingGraduation Requirements

Complete the required 27 hours of coursework and 6 project or thesis hours, totaling 33 credit hours.

Complete three semesters, or equivalent, of a second foreign language.

Complete a specialty exam which covers readings and coursework.

Completion of a project or thesis.

Scholarships/Student Instructorships

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese typically provides scholarships for 50-80% of LDS tuition for required classes. Paid student instructorships are available.

BYU Spanish Pedagogy MA Traditional Track

Students who enroll in the BYU Spanish Pedagogy traditional track complete most of their course work by enrolling as full-time students in day classes during Fall and Winter semesters. Students are welcome to enroll in the BYU Summer Institute for Spanish Teachers to fulfill required coursework during Summer term.

BYU Spanish Pedagogy MA Professional Track

The BYU Spanish Pedagogy professional track is tailored toward practicing teachers who work full-time. Students in this track take one required course during Fall semester and one during Winter semester, offered in the late afternoon and evening. They complete additional courses by enrolling full-time during Summer term. Students are welcome to enroll in the BYU Summer Institute for Spanish Teachers to fulfill required coursework during Summer term.

Course Requirements for the Spanish Pedagogy Specialization

Spanish Pedagogy