Located at the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University, the Master of Arts for Teachers (M.A.T.) in Spanish is a program designed for an individual 1) who already holds a standard license to teach Spanish or 2) who holds a certificate of eligibility (or equivalent) to teach Spanish while working toward licensure. The program can be completed totally online or in a combination of course platforms – online, hybrid, on-campus, and/or summer study abroad in Spain and Peru; such offerings allow flexibility in course planning, life demands, personal preference, and program completion timeframe. Online courses are offered year-round, and on-campus and/or hybrid courses are held during summer sessions through the World Languages Institute (WLI) of the Institute for Global Languages (IGL).
A student must complete a total of thirty (30) credits: twenty-seven (27) credits of course work and the three (3) remaining credits dedicated to the development of an individual teaching portfolio based upon course work and work experiences/needs. There is no comprehensive examination. The courses should normally be distributed over the following areas:
Nine (9) credits in core courses offered by the WLI (program code 617) – Methods of Foreign Language Teaching (K-12); Theories of Second Language Acquisition and Learning; Technology in the World Language Class (K-12); Assessment in the World
At least fifteen (15) credits in Spanish (program code 940) – language/linguistics, literature/culture, or civilization courses specifically tailored to the program, as approved by the Graduate Director;
Three (3) credits in an elective – another core or Spanish course, or one taught in a different graduate program at Rutgers, as approved by the Graduate Director;
Three (3) credits of Independent Study (617:599) – Teaching Portfolio.
Before enrolling each term, the student must have the course choices reviewed and approved by the Graduate Director.
Each student is encouraged but not required to participate in a study abroad program approved by the Graduate Director, in which graduate credits can be earned. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers summer study abroad programs in Spain and Peru. If the study abroad program is not offered through Rutgers, a student may transfer such credits earned elsewhere as a part of the Graduate School policy to accept up to 12 graduate transfer credits and apply them toward the total.
The M.A.T. in Spanish is a terminal degree. That is, any student who wishes to seek admission to either the Spanish Ph.D. program or the M.A. Option in Translation after having completed the M.A.T. must apply to the appropriate program through the normal application process.
Rutgers University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
International Student Requirements:
Applicants must supply TOEFL or IELTS if the applicant’s undergraduate degree has been granted by a non-English speaking university.