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About the Program: 

The Spanish (7–12) postbaccalaureate teacher certification program leads to eligibility for New York State initial certification 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 middle or high schools.

The program supplies the background knowledge 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 (ACTFL) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Students are responsible for any additional certification requirements, including the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), the Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W), Content Specialty Test (CST) in Spanish, Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), and all seminars required for initial certification. It takes three to four semesters of coursework, field experiences, and student teaching to complete certification requirements.

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 FLE300, FLE340 and FLE 401. 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 advisor, must be successfully completed.

After successfully completing the teacher certification program and passing all required tests, students are eligible to apply for New York State Initial Certification through the Teacher Certification Office, Caudell Hall, 112, Buffalo State College. No degrees or certificate is awarded by Buffalo State College.

Financial Assistance: For financial aid purposes, students who are fully admitted into the program are considered fifth-year undergraduates, eligible for undergraduate loans, when applicable.

Admission Requirements: 

1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (4.0 scale), a major in Spanish language, literature, culture (or a closely related discipline with a minimum of 30 hours in Spanish.

2. A minimum GPA of 2.75 in Spanish coursework.

3. A completed application form submitted to the Graduate Office at Buffalo State College

4. Official transcripts from all previous college/university work**

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

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

*Applicants who do not meet these minimum requirements should contact an MCL adviser.
**Students who received degrees from institutions outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by a recognized transcript evaluation service.

Program Requirements: 

Required Residency Requirement (6 cr*)

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

*All students required to take a minimum of 6 credit hours above the 302 level
**Students with undergraduate degrees are eligible, with instructor permission, to enroll in graduate level language and literature courses at Buffalo State.

Professional Education Courses 24 cr

SPF303 Educational Psychology
SPF403 Historical and Philosophical Forces Influencing Secondary Education
EDU416 Teaching Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools
EXE372 Foundations of Teaching Adolescents with Disabilities
FLE240 Introduction to Linguistics
FLE300 Introduction to Foreign Language Classrooms
FLE340 Second Language Acquisition and Literacy
FLE401 Teaching Foreign Languages in Middle and High Schools

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

Total Required Credit Hours 42 cr

Modern and Classical Languages

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