Spanish BA: An innovative and unique foundation for entrance into a K-12 or 7-12 initial licensure program
The recently revised Spanish BA offers students interested in continuing on to Master´s level K-12 or 7-12 certification programs a unique opportunity to fuse the foundation they will need in Spanish and Hispanic American cultures, arts and letters with unique course offerings that blend content and pedagogy, including: SPA 200 for Education Professionals 1, SPA 205 Spanish for Education Professionals II, SPA 401 Spanish for Spanish Teaching and SPA 410 Literacy for Spanish Teachers.
Throughout the curriculum, the program is aligned to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages´World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages and standards for teaching, with an emphasis on the integration of Communication, Culture and Content, maximal instructor use of the target language. Thanks to an Autonomous Language Learning component inflused into upper-level coursework, students have ample opportunity for community engagement, including clinically rich learning experiences in area schools. In short, this is the gold standard for an undergraduate degree that prepares students for entrance into a graduate-level initial certification program.
Master of Science in Education, French and Spanish Education (1-6 Extension)
Designed with initially licensed teachers in mind, this master’s track is uniquely suited to the needs of beginning French and Spanish teachers. Coursework combines deeper exploration of foreign language pedagogy centered on practical questions that arise in classroom teaching experiences with further development of proficiency and literacy in French or Spanish. The course of study is designed to satisfy New York State Education Department (NYSED) requirements for professional licensure: a master’s in a related field and 12 graduate-level credit hours in the language specialization. A ‘Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools’ course extends licensure to include grades 1-6.
"I have been a Spanish teacher at Lancaster High School for 20 years and I have had the pleasure of working with student teachers from Buffalo State for most of my career. It has been a very fulfilling experience because they are always very well prepared and eager to learn. They are also trained to use the target language as much as possible in the classroom which is a top priority for me. I always feel very comfortable handing my classes over to my these student teachers. They have always done an outstanding job."
Foreign Language Teacher
Lancaster High School
"I am a career French teacher. My two best student teachers ever came from Buffalo State. I myself received my degree there, and am grateful for how well-prepared I was to enter a foreign language classroom and succeed. In my opinion, Buffalo State is the best!"