Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Spanish

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Spanish

The MAT in Spanish is a twelve-course program (36 credits) that takes the student through the entire licensure process for whatever level he or she needs to attain (initial or professional). It was designed for people who are seeking work or are already teaching with at least a preliminary license and need to advance to the next level. We are conscious that the majority of our students have full-time teaching positions which means class offerings are usually in the evenings. There are also courses offered during two summer sessions.

  • Spanish is a “high-need subject area” in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. There are many open positions regularly advertised on School Spring, particularly at the secondary-school level.  This is reflected by the fact that currently 100% of our enrolled students –i.e. who have not even finished the program- are employed as Spanish teachers.
  • Our program is an excellent way to create a base for a career as a Spanish teacher.  Not only does it have a track that meets your initial-licensure needs, but it also fulfills the educational requirements for professional licensure. In other words, it is a “two-for-one” program that sets you on the long-term path as a successful professional Spanish teacher. 
  • Our program offers a track that meets the academic needs of those teachers who already have their initial license and are working towards professional licensure. 
  • We are one of the only MAT in Spanish programs in New England that is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  This means that our program meets the standards set by the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL).    
  • Our program is Spanish-focused, offering 27 of the 36 credits in Spanish-only courses including a Spanish-specific methodology class.  

Taking courses as you apply

We are aware that many people want to start their academic advancement quickly and with this in mind we permit candidates to take up to three courses (nine credits) as non-matriculating students. This means that while you are still accumulating your admissions materials, you can start taking classes quickly - always keeping in mind that non-matriculated status does not guarantee an offer of admission.  If you are interested in this option you can register for classes by following the directions on the first time self-service webpage and our coordinator would be more than happy to advise you as to what classes would be appropriate.

For any questions regarding the MAT in Spanish or the licensure process, please contact program coordinator Dr. Kenneth Reeds