The MA in Spanish is a 30 hour program of study designed to provide students with advanced level courses in Spanish literature, history, and culture. Students can usually complete the program in four semesters.
The combined MA/Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish is a 45 hour program which most students can finish in five semesters.
We typically offer three graduate level classes during Fall and Spring semesters and two classes in the summers. All of these classes are offered on campus in Statesboro. In addition, some of your classes can be acquired in one of our study abroad programs in Spain, Mexico, or in Costa Rica. All of the education courses are offered as online courses.
In addition to your application to the Graduate School, the Foreign Languages Department requires preliminary oral, written, and reading tests in Spanish to determine language proficiency. Our students usually begin the program at the Advanced Low level on the ACTFL proficiency scale.
We also offer graduate assistantships which pay stipends plus a tuition waiver. These assistantships give the student valuable experience teaching at the university level in both online and classroom settings. In addition, the foreign language methodology courses provide classroom teaching experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. All told, our graduates exit the program with over 1000 hours of field experience. This teaching experience is one of the reasons we have close to a 100% placement rate for our graduates.
Although still relatively small, our program has grown significantly in the last five years. We attribute this growth to four main factors:
- A comprehensive curriculum of Spanish, foreign language methodology, and general education courses that can be finished in four to five semesters
- More than 60% of our students receive paid teaching assistantships with tuition waivers
- Students receive more than 750 hours of field experience at the university, high school, middle school, and elementary levels during the course of the program
- A near 100% immediate placement rate for graduates
Program Contact Information:
Marcela Ruiz-Funes, PhD
Director and Advisor MA/MAT Spanish
Department of Foreign Languages
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, Ga 30458