Graduate Programs

The Hispanic Studies Department at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley offers the degree program: Master of Arts in Foreign Language: Spanish Teaching Emphasis.

Best described as A Confluence of Civilization, Culture, Language, Linguistics, Literature, and Language Acquisition Theory, it equips teachers with in-depth knowledge of all facets of the Spanish-speaking world, as well as the latest methodologies for teaching Spanish in secondary schools. If you need additional information, contact Hispanic Studies Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Joy Landeira.

It is specifically designed for school teachers since it is primarily a summer program. Occasionally, selected courses are offered during the academic year to supplement the summer offerings. By following the prescribed sequence of courses, students may complete the MA in three continuous summers on the Greeley campus. The three-year cycle includes curriculum rotation featuring Spain, Latin America, and Mexico/Hispanic United States. The summer sessions begin with a one-week Pedagogy Workshop, followed by three weeks of course work covering Literature, Civilization/Culture and Advanced Language topics. Following the on-campus course sessions, course work and assignments are submitted and graded electronically. The three-year series of course rotation is listed on the Hispanic Studies Dept. website under Graduate Advising.

Options for Study

Summers

By following the prescribed sequence of courses, students may complete the MA in three continuous summers on the Greeley campus. The three year cycle includes curriculum rotation featuring Spain, Latin America, and Mexico/Hispanic United States. During these intensive language-immersion workshops and institutes, you will develop professional materials for use in the classroom, often with the expertise of nationally known guest lecturers as well as our department faculty to guide you. While you are on campus, we encourage you to speak only Spanish.

Salamanca Semester

During the Spanish Peninsular rotation, up to nine hours of course work may be completed during a summer Study Abroad experience in Salamanca, Spain. Credit for these classes is treated as transfer credit from the University of Salamanca to UNC. For information about the program, please visit: http://www.unco.edu/CIE/studyabroad/summer_spain2013.html and if you have further questions, contact Lauren Bruce at lauren.bruce@unco.edu.

Academic Year

Since ours is primarily a summer program, all students are expected to complete at least one summer session on campus as part of the MA experience at UNC. Occasionally, selected courses are offered during the academic year to supplement the summer offerings. Our MA program accommodates a variety of student needs and options.

NOTE to students seeking teaching licensure:

This MA program does not grant a teaching license, so students seeking initial teaching licensure are advised to do an undergraduate BA in Spanish Teaching at UNC. Those with a BA in Spanish Liberal Arts who seek licensure are advised to enter the UNC post-bac program in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Contact UNC licensure officer, Vicky Stromberger (970-351-1624) for additional information regarding teaching licenses in Colorado.

Contact information:

For all questions and advising regarding the MA in Foreign Languages, Spanish Teaching Emphasis, Contact Dr. Joy Landeira, Chairperson and Graduate Coordinator, Department of Hispanic Studies, Campus box 87, University of Northern Colorado. 970 351-2162, joy.landeira@unco.edu

Program Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit to earn the M.A. in Foreign Languages, Spanish Teaching Emphasis. Of those, 24 hours of graduate level courses are in Spanish (SPAN), and 6 hours taught in English, Pedagogy (FL 531). Each summer, students take 9 credit hours (3 summers @ 9 credits = 27)

The 3 credit SPAN 600 is a specially designed course to introduce Research Methods in Spanish. This program has undergone the curriculum approval process at all College and University levels, and is listed in the UNC catalog. SPAN 600 focuses on research methods in Pedagogy, Literature, Cultural Studies and Advanced Language that are more pertinent to the needs of our students. It is suggested that this course be required early in the students' programs, so that they can apply the research methods throughout their course work instead of at the end of their studies. It is offered spring semesters on Saturdays.

Administration of Graduate Program

The "Master of Arts in Foreign Languages: Spanish Teaching Emphasis" program has enjoyed phenomenal growth and success over the last decade, best-illustrated by the tripled student enrollments since 1999. As of fall, 2009, our unofficial records show a total of 48 graduate students admitted and currently on our rolls. This marks a three-fold increase between 1999 and 2009.

Total enrollment
Years
1999-2000 2000-2002 2003-2005 2006-2009
# enrolled
16
24
37
48

Much of the growth of the program can be attributed to the convenient and well-designed sequence of courses which suits our target audience of teachers who are unable to pursue their master's degree during the regular academic year.

For More Information...

For more information about any aspects of the MA in Foreign Languages: Spanish Teaching Emphasis, feel free to email the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Joy Landeira, or call her at (970)-351-2162.