Urban Education with a Specialization in World Languages (Spanish), M.A.

Master of Arts
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New Jersey City University’s Master of Arts in Urban Education with a specialization in World Languages (Spanish) is a comprehensive preparation program for world language teachers of Spanish that includes strong components in methodology, linguistics, Spanish language and the culture of the Spanish-speaking world.

 

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The Department of Modern Languages offers a Master of Arts in Urban Education with a Specialization in World Languages Education (Spanish). This Master's Program in Urban Education is designed to provide content and skills that will help world languages teachers to:

  • focus on second language acquisition theory and the application of these theories in the classroom;
  • gain a deep understanding of the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world, including its perspectives, products and practices;
  • develop standards-based curriculum and assessment practices;
  • reflect upon their instructional practices;
  • become valuable members of learning communities;
  • develop the practices and dispositions as described by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards in Languages other than English and ACTL;
  • become researchers in the classroom.

New Jersey City University's Master of Arts in Urban Education with a specialization in World Languages (Spanish)

Program Description
New Jersey City University's Master of Arts in Urban Education with a specialization in World Languages (Spanish) is a comprehensive preparation program for world language teachers of Spanish that includes strong components in methodology, linguistics, Spanish language, and the culture of the Spanish-speaking world.

The program consists of 12 credits in Spanish Language and Culture and 24 credits in Second Language Acquisition and Methodology. After completion of these 36 credits, students will be awarded an "M.A. in Urban Education” degree with a specialization in World Languages. The program includes the course Second Language Methodology I, required by the NJ State Department of Education for World Language Certification. Twenty-four credits will count towards Spanish Certification.

The program is aligned with the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) Standards for beginning world languages teachers developed in collaboration with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) in Languages Other than English Standards.

This graduate-level teacher preparation program will develop teacher leaders with a high level of Spanish proficiency, a knowledge and appreciation of languages and cultures, strong pedagogical preparation in second language acquisition theory and methodology, and an understanding of action research.

Entrance Requirements
In addition to the general requirements for degree-seeking students at the graduate level, students in this program must:

  • Have a passing score on the PRAXIS in Spanish;
  • Have achieved a minimum level of Advanced Low on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in Spanish
  • Administered by ACTFL;
  • Submit a writing sample in English and Spanish that meets established criteria;