Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish - Spanish Education


Thank you for your interest in the graduate programs in Spanish at Northern Arizona University. Through Linguistics, Literature and Pedagogy, we guide you in the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and practical expertise for understanding the process of second language acquisition in general, and Spanish in particular. 

This program provides you with a pathway for earning a master's in teaching Spanish with a  teaching certificate to teach at the secondary level.

Interested applicants would be the following:

  • Students whose major is Spanish or Spanish education (or a related field), whether they have graduated or not.
  • Current and future community college faculty and adjuncts.
  • Students planning to earn a Ph.D. in Spanish or an Ed. D. degree.

Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish - Spanish Education plan provides students with a pathway for secondary education certification in Arizona while allowing them to improve their linguistic and analytic abilities in Spanish at the graduate level. 

The program offers a professional foundation in the academic areas of Teaching and Pedagogy, Literature and Culture, and Linguistics to prepare teachers to excel in a rapidly changing classroom with an increasing number of bilingual and heritage language speakers.

Both native and non-native Spanish speakers will be enrolled in graduate-level courses conducted entirely in Spanish. This will allow you to attain a high level of proficiency in the language. And, since all classes and assignments are completed on Spanish, even native speakers improve their writing and expressive abilities.

Students who wish to practice the theories and strategies they learn have the opportunity to receive graduate assistantships to teach lower-division Spanish classes (SPA 101 and SPA 102) in the Department of Global Languages & Cultures. 


Take the following 46 units:

Content/Spanish Requirements

  • SPA 511, SPA 512, SPA 513, SPA 551,SPA 554, SPA 601 (16 units)
  • Select three courses from: SPA 531, SPA 532, SPA 533, SPA 534 (9 units)

Professional Knowledge Requirements

  • EDF 500 (3 units)
  • Structured English immersion courses: BME 500, BME 537 (6 units)
  • EPS 605 (3 units)
  • SPA 595 (9 units)

Additional requirement for Arizona Certification

  • Take POS 220 (or POS 110 and POS 241) to satisfy Arizona certification requirements for Federal and State Constitutional knowledge. 
  • You may meet this requirement by demonstrating proficiency on the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA) Exam.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

All applicants to the program are automatically considered for a graduate assistantship, which provides free tuition and medical benefits while you are paid to teach two Spanish courses per semester. If you do not want a graduate assistantship, please inform the graduate coordinator when you complete your application materials.

The number of assistantships per year are limited so apply early!

More information

Visit the academic catalog for more information on this degree.