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Spanish Education, MA Ed

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Program Description

This program is designed for K-12 Spanish teachers who would like to continue their education in their content area.

The program consists of 18 hours of Spanish coursework and 18 hours of education-related coursework primarily focused on second language acquisition and foreign language pedagogy.

Students have the option of either completing a 6-hour thesis or combining Spanish courses with summer study abroad options. 

Graduates of the program are positioned to pursue additional career opportunities teaching Spanish at a community college or serving as lecturers or adjunct faculty members at the college or university level.

Students who complete the master's degree may also go on to pursue a doctoral program in education. This degree is not designed for students interested in earning a doctoral degree in Spanish. 

Special Accreditation

In addition to the Higher Learning Commission accreditation carried by all University of Nebraska campuses, this online degree program is also accredited by:

  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education

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Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska at Kearney

Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.


Academic Year 2015 - 2016

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed. Tuition is subject to change.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$278.00$25.00$11.00$4.00$318.00
3 credit hour$834.00$75.00$33.00$12.00$954.00


 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$405.00$25.00$11.00$4.00$445.00
3 credit hour$1,215.00$75.00$33.00$12.00$1,335.00

Note: In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $4.00 records fee each semester they enroll in courses.

The Master of Education in Spanish Education is a 36 credit hour degree program.

Program of Study 

Pedagogy 9 credit hours FORL 810, 870P, 872P
Research 6 credit hours  FORL 800, TE 800
Spanish Specialization Requirements  21 credit hours SPAN 808P, 870P, 897, and 899 (portfolio);
Choose 6 credit hours from SPAN 875, 876, 896, or 899
Electives  3 credit hours  Choose an approved graduate elective related to interests and program of study

Please note: Completion of this program requires passing written and oral comprehensive examinations in Spanish and English in addition to completion of the ACTFL proficiency exams (at the candidate’s expense).

Course Name
Course #
Core Courses

Curriculum Development & Research

FORL 800
A study in the areas of curriculum design, methodology and testing, plus research methods in all of these fields.

Second Language Acquisition

FORL 810

Discussion of the principal theories of language acquisition, the factors which affect the learning of a second language, and the theories of second language pedagogy.


Theoretical foundations and sociolinguistic contexts of ESL teaching.

Foreign Language Pedagogy


Current trends in foreign language teaching and learning with emphasis on theory and practice.

Prereq: the equivalent of a major in French or German or Spanish OR permission of department

Educational Research

TE 800
This introductory online course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice.

Comparative Grammar

A comparative and contrastive study of the structures of Spanish and English.

Seminar in Spanish/Latin American Studies


The study of literary works and cultural contexts. Topic to be selected and announced in schedule of courses. May be taken more than once.

Graduate Study Abroad

SPAN 875

A study of the language and culture of Hispanic countries. This study will be conducted in a Spanish-speaking country; it also requires a research paper to be presented to UNK graduate faculty. Offered in Summer.

Prereq: SPAN 814* or permission of graduate chair

Graduate Study Abroad

SPAN 876

A study of the language and culture of Hispanic countries. This study will be conducted in a Spanish-speaking country; it also requires a research paper to be presented to UNK graduate faculty. Offered in Summer.

Prereq: SPAN 814* or permission of graduate chair

Thesis (with permission)

SPAN 896

Directed Readings in Spanish

SPAN 897

Individual studies and research under the guidance of a graduate faculty member. May be taken twice for two separate studies or research approved by the graduate faculty in the specific language.

Prereq: any 800-level course in Spanish or Spanish-American literature

Independent Studies in Spanish

SPAN 899

Individual studies and research under the guidance of a faculty member. May be taken twice for two separate studies or research in Spanish.

University of Nebraska online programs have the same quality instructional faculty as on campus; individuals from a variety of backgrounds, who embody the combined qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience.


Anita Hart, Ph.D., Professor of Spanish

Chris Jochum, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Spanish

Daren Snider, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Jonathan Dettman Ph D, Assistant Professor

Guidelines for Admittance

To be eligible for this online degree program, the student must:

  • Have completed a bachelor's degree (preferably in education) with at least 21 hours of upper-level (300/400) coursework in Spanish, with a minimum overall G.P.A. of 2.75 and 3.00 in Spanish coursework
  • Hold a Spanish teaching certification (K-12 or 7-12) or eligibility

Students have the option of initially applying for acceptance into the Spanish Education program or applying as a non-degree-seeking-student, which would enable you to take 9 credit hours before having to commit to a program. The graduate application fee only has to be paid one time.

Application Checklist

  1.  Apply and be admitted to the University of Nebraska at Kearney
  2. Conduct oral proficiency interview in Spanish with members of the Department of Modern Languages (conducted online or face-to-face)
  3. Submission of a two-page Spanish essay outlining candidate’s professional experience and goals
  4. Submission of a one-page English essay outlining candidate’s motivation for post-graduate study at UNK
  5. Submission of two letters of recommendation from individuals who have knowledge of the candidate’s capabilities and/or performance.
  6. Copy of a current (or expired) state teaching license/certificate in Spanish

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester June 15
Spring Semester October 15
Summer Sessions March 15 



Online Worldwide Educational Representative

Program Contact
Dr. Chris Jochum
Phone: 308.865.8536

Military/Veteran Student Adviser
Mary Sommers
Phone: 308.865.8520


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