Spanish Education, Master of Arts in Education

Offered by Department of Modern Languages

Program Information and Admission Requirements

Spanish Education

Admission to a Master's Degree program in Modern Languages will require the following1:

  1. A completed graduate application form (and fee);
  2. Completion of the bachelor’s degree in Spanish, Spanish Education or other major (21 credit hours of upper-level Spanish coursework preferred), with a minimum overall G.P.A. of 3.00;
  3. Minimum Spanish proficiency of Advanced-Low (contact Modern Language for assessment).
  4. Submission of two letters of recommendation from professionals with knowledge of the candidate's aptitude;
  5. Statement of purpose in English. The statement must address the following areas:
    • The candidate’s qualifications for graduate study in Spanish Education.
    • The candidate’s long-term professional goals.
    • The candidate’s expectations of the MAE in Spanish degree at UNK in terms of his/her professional development.
  6. Academic Writing Sample in Spanish (minimum of 4 pages):
    • The sample may be a paper from an upper-level undergraduate course, but it should showcase the candidate’s analytical reasoning and argumentative writing. It should not be a summary of existing research or reporting on a given topic.
    • If the candidate does not have an existing writing sample, he/she may provide an original critical analysis of an approved text.

Completion of this program requires passing written and oral comprehensive examinations in Spanish and English.

The Department of Modern Languages also offers a Graduate Certificate in Spanish.


Candidates who do not meet all of the above requirements may be admitted on a conditional basis.

This program is offered online only.

Students not completing a thesis must successfully complete a comprehensive examination during the last term of their enrollment.

All students are required to complete an exit survey during the semester of graduation or program completion.

FORL 810Second Language Acquisition3
FORL 820Methods of Foreign Language Instruction3
FORL 850Spanish Heritage Language Pedagogy3
FORL 800Curriculum Development & Research3
FORL 840Research Methods in Language Teaching and Learning3
Spanish Specialization Requirements
Take the following:
SPAN 880Professional Development3
Select 18 credit hours from the following:18
Structure of the Spanish Language
Seminar in Contemporary Spanish Thought
Seminar in Contemporary Latin American Prose Writings
Seminar in Contemporary Drama
Topics in Peninsular Literature and Culture
Topics in Latin American Literature and Culture
Topics in U.S. Latino/Chicano Literature and Culture
Graduate Study Abroad
Graduate Study Abroad
Directed Readings in Spanish
Special Topics
Independent Studies in Spanish
Special Topics
Total Credit Hours36