Spanish Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with a concentration in Spanish Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Spanish Education culminates with the development of an Initial Competencies Portfolio, providing eligibility for candidates to apply for “A” licensure (initial licensure) from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The Master of Arts in Teaching is designed for candidates who have a bachelor’s degree but did not pursue teacher education or licensure as undergraduates. It requires 39 semester hours with 18 semester hours in the content area. All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in Phonetics.

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum of 24 semester hours in Spanish above the 204 level in the undergraduate program.
  • A minimum of Advanced Low Proficiency (according to ACTFL Guidelines). The department may request an Oral Proficiency Interview. An interview with the Director of Graduate Studies may be required.
  • Applicants who have not taken Phonetics will be required to take a remedial prerequisite or co-requisite course such as SPA 416 (not included in hours required for the degree).

In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants to the Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Spanish Education must provide the following:

  • 500-word Statement of Purpose in Spanish, highlighting prior experiences and explaining reasons for applying and expectations for the program.
  • 3- to 5-minute unscripted digital recording demonstrating speaking ability in Spanish. The sample file should discuss a topic related to the program of study as well as experiences and motivation.
  • An analytical paper in Spanish or English, written for a prior course in the humanities, or a comparable writing sample.

Applicants must submit all application materials required by The Graduate School by the appropriate deadline. Students are admitted in Fall and Spring semesters. To be considered for departmental assistantships and scholarships, all application materials must be submitted by March 15.

Degree Requirements for all concentrations (39 hours)

Courses in Pedagogy (18 hours)

LLC 512 Teaching Second Languages in K-12 (3)
LLC 519 Second Language Acquisition (3)
LLC 600 Methods of Teaching Romance Languages (3)
TED 545 Diverse Learners (3)
TED 669 Educational Implications of Learning and Developmental Theory (3)
ERM 605 Educational Measurement and Evaluation (3)

Courses in the Content Area (18 hours)

In consultation with the Director of Graduate Study in Spanish, the student must select courses in Hispanic linguistics, literature, and culture and demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication skills.

Clinical Experience in Teaching (3 hours)

LLC 665 Clinical Practice/Seminar in Teaching Foreign Languages (3)
May be based on an on-going teaching experience, a teaching assistantship in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, or a student-teaching experience in a public school. Includes completion of the Teaching/Technology Portfolio.

Capstone Experience: Teaching/Technology Portfolio (TaskStream)

The portfolio will be aligned with the North Carolina Standards for Second Language Teachers and the ISTE/National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T).

Notice: The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice.

As such, please review UNC Greensboro’s status by state for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with a Concentration in Spanish Education program. You should note whether the program either “meets”, “does not meet”, or if there “has not been a determination” of the program’s status in the state for which you plan to practice. You should contact the program’s support staff ( with any questions regarding this data.