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Spanish Education (7-12), (Certification Only)

About the Program: 

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in the catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

The Spanish education (7-12) postbaccalaureate teacher certification program leads to eligibility for a New York State initial certificate to teach Spanish in grades 7-12. This program is designed for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in Spanish or a related field from an accredited college or university and intend to complete the coursework required for New York State certification to teach Spanish in secondary or middle schools.

The program provides the background necessary for teachers to implement the New York State learning standards for Languages Other Than English (LOTE) 7-12. It also meets the standards set by national professional organizations, such as the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

After successfully completing the teacher certification program and passing required New York State teacher certification exams, students are eligible to apply for New York State certification through the Teacher Certification Office, Chase Hall 222. No degree or certificate is awarded by Buffalo State.

It takes approximately three to four semesters to complete certification requirements at Buffalo State College.

Students are responsible for any additional certification requirements, including the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), the Assessment of Teaching Skills written test for provisional/initial certification, and child abuse certification.

To student teach, a student must have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.75 in Spanish coursework and overall, and must have earned a minimum grade of C in FLE 405 and FLE 406. Also, the student must complete an ACTFL-Approved Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in order to demonstrate Advanced-Low Proficiency in Spanish. If Advanced-Low Proficiency is not achieved, an additional upper-level Spanish course, chosen in consultation with the student’s adviser, must be successfully completed.

Financial Assistance: For financial aid purposes, students are considered fifth-year undergraduates, eligible for undergraduate loans.

Admission Requirements: 

1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (4.0 scale), a major in Spanish language, literature, culture (or a closely related discipline with a minimum of 36 credit hours in Spanish).*

2. A minimum GPA of 2.75 in Spanish coursework.

3. Successful completion of two written essays (one in English, one in Spanish) administered by the department as part of the interview process.

4. A personal interview with the program coordinator, department chair, or other designated official.

*Applicants who do not meet these admission requirements may take courses at Buffalo State to become eligible to apply to the program.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in the catalog.

Program Requirements: 

Required Spanish Courses1 (0-6 cr*)
Select two courses from the following:

SPA 303 Introduction to Spanish Literature
SPA 305 Spanish Phonetics
SPA 306 The Civilization of Spain
SPA 307/SPA 308 Survey of Spanish Literature
SPA 309 The Civilization of Latin America
SPA 310/SPA 311 Survey of Spanish American Literature
SPA 405 Old Spanish
SPA 415 Advanced Grammar and Composition
SPA 416 Advanced Conversation
SPA 495 Special Project
SPA 496 Seminar I

Professional Education Courses 24 cr

FLE 403 Foundations of Foreign and Second Language Education
EDU 416 Teaching Reading in Secondary Schools
EXE 372 Foundations of Teaching Secondary Students with Disabilities
FLE 240 Introduction to Linguistics
FLE 300 Introduction to Foreign Language Classrooms
FLE 340* Second Language Acquisition and Literacy
FLE 401* Teaching Foreign Language in Middle and High Schools
SPA 401 Spanish for Spanish Teaching
SPA 500 Linguistics and Pedagogy*
SPA 410 Literacy for Spanish Teachers
SPA 516 Literacy for Spanish Teaching*

Student Teaching Courses 12 cr
FLE 407 Student Teaching of Foreign Languages in the Middle/Junior High School (6)
FLE 408 Student Teaching of Foreign Languages in the High School (6)

Total Required Credit Hours 36-42 cr

*Students may take up to a combined 15 graduate-level credits in FLE and or Spanish. Candidates who opt for FLE500 track (for FLE401) and or FLE540 track (for FLE340) must successfully complete the corresponding supervised 35-hr. field component(s).

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