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Leadership in Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

French and Spanish Education (7-12) Postbaccalaureate Teacher Certification
(currently on-hold)

Offers students with a prior degree or extensive coursework in French or Spanish the opportunity to advance their proficiency in the target language and literacy in the target cultures, while completing coursework in general as well as foreign language-specific pedagogy.


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.

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"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."

James Lyons
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!"

Annlouise Cirelli
Nardin Academy

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Modern and Classical Languages

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Buckham Hall B234
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-5414 •  Fax: (716) 878-6730