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Spanish Education, MA Ed

Master of Arts in Education

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $285.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $415.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney

Get the same diploma as on campus students

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. 

This program is accredited by National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
Jon Dettman, PhD, MAT
Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Coordinator, Master of Arts in Spanish Education

An experienced second-language educator, Professor Dettman combines his classroom knowledge with expertise in language acquisition, Latin American culture and critical theory. Author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, his research background allows him to teach a wide variety of courses in the program, ranging from “Teaching Spanish to Heritage Speakers” to “Cuban Cinema." Professor Dettman is devoted to helping teachers improve their classroom skills and expand their repertoire in the area of culture.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Must have at least 21 hours of upper-level (300/400) coursework in Spanish with a 3.0 GPA

  2. A license/certificate required

    Hold a Spanish teaching certification (K-12 or 7-12) or eligibility

  3. 2 letters of recommendation

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  5. Academic writing sample in Spanish (minimum of four pages) outlining candidate's analytical reasoning and argumentative writing

  6. Conduct oral proficiency interview in Spanish with members of the Department. May be conducted online

  7. Statement of purpose in English addressing the candidate's qualifications, long-term professional goals and expectations of the degree in terms of their professional development

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY, please contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
  • Conduct oral proficiency interview in Spanish with members of the Department of Modern Languages
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Application Deadlines

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

Program of Study:

  • Core Courses - 30 credit hours
  • Elective Courses - 6 credit hours

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
FORL 800Curriculum Development & Research3

Course Number: FORL 800

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

FORL 810Second Language Acquisition3

Course Number: 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.

FORL 820Methods of Foreign Language Instruction3

Course Number: FORL 820

Prereq: the equivalent of a major in French or German or Spanish OR permission of department Critical review, evaluation and application of contemporary methods of second language instruction.

FORL 850Spanish Heritage Language Pedagogy3

Course Number: FORL 850

FORL 870PTESOL3

Course Number: FORL 870P

Theoretical foundations and sociolinguistic contexts of ESL teaching.

FORL 872PForeign Language Pedagogy3

Course Number: FORL 872P

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

SPAN 808PComparative Grammar3

Course Number: SPAN 808P

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

SPAN 870PSeminar in Spanish/Latin American Studies3

Course Number: SPAN 870P

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

SPAN 880Professional Development3

Course Number: SPAN 880

SPAN 897Directed Readings in Spanish1-3

Course Number: 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

SPAN 899Independent Studies in Spanish1-3

Course Number: 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.

TE 800Educational Research3

Course Number: TE 800

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

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
SPAN 805Structure of the Spanish Languages3

Course Number: SPAN 805

Prereq: admission into the MAE in Spanish program A review of advanced Spanish grammar with special emphasis on applied and/or socio-linguistics and issues related to Spanish instruction.

SPAN 815Seminar in Contemporary Spanish Thought3

Course Number: SPAN 815

Main literary (and in part philosophical) figures and trends in twentieth and twenty-first century Spain and Latin America.

SPAN 816Seminar in Contemporary Latin American Prose Writings3

Course Number: SPAN 816

Main literary trends and most important prose writers of Latin America in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

SPAN 818Seminar in Contemporary Drama3

Course Number: SPAN 818

Study of the most important present-day dramatists writing in Spanish.

SPAN 840Topics in Peninsular Literature and Culture3

Course Number: SPAN 840

Prereq: admission into the MAE in Spanish program In this course, students will have the opportunity to explore various genres of texts by Spanish artists and authors. Topic to be selected and announced in schedule of courses. May be taken more than once.

SPAN 845Topics in Latin American Literature and Culture3

Course Number: SPAN 845

Prereq: admission into the MAE in Spanish program The study of selected works in Latin American literature and culture. Topic to be selected and announced in schedule of courses. May be taken more than once.

SPAN 850Topics in U.S. Latino/Chicano Literature and Culture3

Course Number: SPAN 850

The study of selected works in U.S. Latino/Chicano literature and culture. Topic to be selected and announced in schedule of courses. may be taken more than once.

SPAN 875Graduate Study Abroad3

Course Number: 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

SPAN 876Graduate Study Abroad3

Course Number: 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

SPAN 896Thesis (with permission)6

Course Number: SPAN 896

SPAN 899Independent Studies in Spanish1-3

Course Number: 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.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $285.00
  • Fees: $42.25
  • Total: $327.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $855.00
  • Fees: $126.75
  • Total: $981.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $415.00
  • Fees: $42.25
  • Total: $457.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1245.00
  • Fees: $126.75
  • Total: $1371.75

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