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MAT in Spanish

The Department of World Languages & Cultures at IUPUI enjoys an excellent reputation for its leadership role in the promotion and development of foreign language teaching.  The graduate program in Spanish offers graduate-level coursework in the Spanish language, Hispanic cultures, teaching methodology, applied linguistics and Hispanic art and literature.  It provides for the professional development of Spanish teachers.  The course of study for the program is intended to equip students with knowledge of theories of second language acquisition and effective methods of teaching, as well as the main cultural manifestations of the language in literature.  Students will understand the relationship between language and society in the Spanish-speaking world and the connections between language studies (language, literature, culture and translation/interpreting) wih other disciplines, and they will be able to apply the knowledge of the language system and culture to function effectively as teaching professionals.

The degree program consists of 36 credit hours, of which 30 must be completed in residence at IUPUI. The Master of Arts in the Teaching of Spanish may be completed in four semesters at IUPUI, or three semesters and two Summer sessions. M.A. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B). Only students taking advantage of the Summer program in Salamanca (Summer Institute for Teachers of Spanish) can complete and transfer up to 12 credit hours (6 credits per summer) towards the degree. Any other students interested in transferring credits (6 maximum) from other institutions should keep in mind that this is acceptable as long as the contents of those courses are equivalent to any of the courses offered in the MAT, and prior approval by the Graduate Studies Committee. 

Core Required Courses (9 cr.)

  • SPAN S515 Acquisition of Spanish as a Second Language (3 cr.)
  • SPAN S517 Methods of Teaching College Spanish (3 cr.)
  • SPAN S519 Practicum in the Teaching of Spanish (3 cr.)

Elective Coursework (27 cr.)

Choose at least 27 credit hours in consultation with a program adivsor.  See the list of courses on the "Courses" tab, or in the Campus Bulletin (bulletin.iupu.edu - IU Graduate School, or IU School of Liberal Arts).

Students may select from the following options for the course of study:

  1. Thesis Option: Includes 30 hours of coursework plus a Master's Thesis (6 credit hours).
  2. Coursework Option: Requires 36 credit hours of coursework at the Graduate Level.

Study Abroad Option:  Students may complete one or two summers at the University of Salamanca, Spain.  Students who complete a summer study in Salamance receive a Certificate from the University of Salamanca attesting to their completion of the summer program(s) in residence there.  The University of Salamanca has a well-developed curriculum for foreign students who aspire to teach Spanish, and its Cursos para Profesores receives a high level of academic prestige internationally.  Other study abroad credit must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.

Teacher Certificate Option: This option combines the MAT in Spanish with eligibility for teacher certification throught IU School of Education and their "T2T" (Transition to Teaching) Program.  Students enrolled in this option develop a professional teaching portfolio and prepare for a career in Indiana Public Schools.  It consists of 47 graduate credit hours including additional courses and field work.

WLAC Undergraduate

Admission

1) A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 grading scale) in the student’s undergraduate major.  An Undergraduate degree in Spanish is expected, but related degrees are also considered (additional coursework may be required).

2) Official Transcripts - ("Official Transcripts" means that they must be issued from the Registrar and sent directly to our Program.  They must not be transcripts "issued to the student" and must show that the Bachelor's degree has been conferred).

3) Proficiency in the Spanish language. There are two options to satisfy this requirement:

a. By examination: Attaining a score of Nivel Intermedio (B2) on the Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE = Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language) issued by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.

OR

b. The applicant may submit an oral sample of 10-15 minutes of spontaneous speech in Spanish AND an essay in Spanish on some aspect of Spanish culture, literature, linguistics or pedagogy.

4) Three letters of recommendation. At least 2 of these should be from professors.

5) For INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS, the university requires a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper version, 213 on the computer-based test. Send scores to Institution Code 1325, Dept. Code 2608. Students who do not achieve this score may be admitted to the university conditionally and may be required to take English as a Second Language courses through the Department of English. While taking these courses they will be allowed to register for a maximum of six credit hours in the MAT in Spanish. If admitted, International students will also be required to take IUPUI’s ESL Placement test before registering for the first semester.  Check the following link for more information on minimum TOEFL scores and EAP placement exam requirements:
http://international.iupui.edu/admissions/how-apply/graduate/english.html

6) Online application.  Please access the online portion of the application from this link.

This segment requires basic information such as your name, address, program of study, residency status, etc. Please pay careful attention to the PERSONAL STATEMENT, in which you explain your reasons for pursuing the MAT in the Teaching of Spanish. The statement should be written in English. The application fee, to be submitted by credit card, will be collected at the end of the online application.

Please note: Under Educational Objectives you must choose "Master's" as your type of admission, "Spanish (IU Graduate School)" as your academic program, and "Spanish M.A.T." as your major.  Please also note that if you have already submitted an online application for Graduate Non-Degree status or for another graduate program, you must still complete a new online application for this program using a new personal identification number (PIN) and password and submit an additional application fee. The application requires basic information such as your name, address, program of study, residency status, etc. Please pay careful attention to the PERSONAL STATEMENT, in which you explain your reasons for pursuing the MAT in the Teaching of Spanish. The statement should be written in English. 

Send all supporting materials (oral sample, academic paper, official transcripts, letters of recommendation) to:

Graduate M.A.T. in Spanish 
Department of World Languages & Cultures, IUPUI 
Cavanaugh Hall 545
425 North University Boulevard 
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5140 
(317) 278-3658 
Graduate Program Inquiries

Course Descriptions

Graduate Courses (4-letter subject code: SPAN)

S507 Foreign Language Institute (3 cr.) Intensive interdepartmental course involving language laboratory and audiovisual equipment and techniques, lecture, assignments in contemporary civilization (in the foreign language), and discussion of classroom use of applied linguistics. Taught only in the summer. Intended primarily for teachers. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

S508 Varieties of Spanish (3 cr.) This course is an advanced descriptive analysis of the varieties of Spanish spoken around the globe. A detailed analysis of the phonetic, lexical and morphosyntactic aspects of such varieties is provided with an aim to define its different macrodialectal areas, including Spanish in the US and Creole languages.

S511 Spanish Syntactic Analysis (3 cr.)  P: S326 or consent of instructor. Introduction to the analysis of syntactic data.  Focus on developing theoretical apparatus required to account for a range of syntactic phenomena in Spanish.

S513 Introduction to Hispanic Sociolinguistics (3 cr.) P: S320, S426, or consent of instructor. This course examines the relationship between language and society in the Spanish-speaking world. It surveys a wide range of topics relevant to Spanish: language as communication, the sociology of language, and linguistic variation. The course is conducted entirely in Spanish.

S515 The Acquisition of Spanish as a Second Language (3 cr.) P: S426, S428, or consent of instructor. This course is an introduction to the acquisition of Spanish as a second language. We will survey a selection of studies exploring topics that range from the development of second language (Spanish) grammars, to second language production and comprehension, input processing, and the acquisition of pragmatic and sociolinguistic competence.

S517 Methods of Teaching College Spanish (3 cr.) P: S428 or consent of instructor. This course on communicative language teaching takes as its point of departure the body of research on second language development. We extrapolate from this base principles and parameters to guide classroom instruction. We cover a full range of topics from grammar and input to spoken and written language.

S518 Studies in Latino and Spanish American Culture (3 cr.) Advanced study of cultural phenomena produced in Latin America and among U.S. Hispanics. The course focuses on belief systems, artistic production, laws, customs, and other socially determined behaviors. Topics such as colonization, popular culture, communication, art, religious syncretism, and native indigenous cultures will be explored.

S519 Practicum in the Teaching of Spanish (3cr.) P: S517 or consent of instructor. Practical application of the teaching methodology explored in S517. Students will undertake teaching projects supervised by a graduate faculty member in Spanish and meet with their mentors to assess their teaching objectives, techniques, materials and outcomes.

S521 Spanish Grammar and Linguistics for Teachers I (3 cr.) This course presents themes and issues in Spanish grammar and in Hispanic linguistics selected for their relevance to teaching Spanish to non-native students. Pedagogical implications and teaching strategies will be discussed. Content is distinct from that of S524.

S523 Spanish Literature, Art, and Culture for Teachers I (3 cr.) This course presents authors, artists, themes, and issues in Spanish literature, visual art, and cultural life selected to enrich the teaching of Spanish to non-native students. Pedagogical implications and teaching strategies will be discussed. Content is distinct from that of S525.

S524 Spanish Grammar and Linguistics for Teachers II (3 cr.) This course presents themes and issues in Spanish grammar and in Hispanic linguistics selected for their relevance to teaching Spanish to non-native students. Pedagogical implications and teaching strategies will be discussed. Content is distinct from that of S521.

S525 Spanish Literature, Art, and Culture for Teachers II (3 cr.) This course presents authors, artists, themes, and issues in Spanish literature, visual art, and cultural life selected to enrich the teaching of Spanish to non-native students. Pedagogical implications and teaching strategies will be discussed. Content is distinct from that of S523.

S528 Translation Practice and Evaluation (3cr.) A graduate course in the problems and techniques of Spanish/English and English/Spanish translation. Includes the practical aspects of translation from various texts (literary, technical, scientific, commercial, social) and evaluation of professional translations. Translation theory will be studied.

S650: Topics in the Teaching of Spanish (3 cr.). Seminar in selected topics related to the teaching of Spanish, such as assessment, teaching materials development, the teaching of specific linguistic skills.  This is a variable title course. 

S680 Topics in Contemporary Spanish American Literature (3 cr.) Topics include poetry, drama, short story, novel, and essay.

S686 M.A.T. Thesis (1-6 cr., repeatable up to 6 hours maximum) Students will identify a research theme and develop it under the guidance of a director (IUPUI professor) and a co-director ( University of Salamanca professor). The topic will be related to the teaching of Spanish language or to the teaching of an aspect of Hispanic literature or culture.

Cost and Financial Assistance

Check this Tuition and Fee estimator (choose ‘All Other Graduate Programs’ as program type): https://bursar.iupui.edu/apps/costestimator.aspx

The cost of the summer programs in Salamanca (Spain) is calculated separately (check the department for details)

Various sources of financial assistance are available to graduate students at IUPUI. Applicants should contact:

IUPUI Office of Student Financial Services
CE 250 (Campus Center)
420 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5140
Phone: (317) 274-4162
www.iupui.edu/~finaid

In addition to this campus-wide financial aid, the Department of World Languages & Cultures Graduate Program for the MAT in Spanish offers a limited number of research and teaching assistantships, for which students apply in the spring before the assistantship year (April 1 application deadline). Candidates for a teaching assistantship should show evidence of good teaching or potential for good teaching. Candidates for a research assistantship should show evidence of good academic performance and potential. Candidates for either assistantship are encouraged to take the GRE for competitive purposes. The purpose of these assistantships is to provide students with the ability to concentrate on studies.

Other job commitments are strongly discouraged. Students who are awarded University Fellowships are not permitted to hold jobs during the tenure of their Fellowship Award. The department may also occasionally provide support in the form of associate (part-time) faculty positions, teaching one or two sections of introductory courses each semester. Such positions are assigned by the committees that coordinate these courses, in consultation with the Graduate Program Committee. Graduate students who receive associate faculty appointments are paid the same stipends as other part-time faculty members and are required to participate in the same orientation and training programs. In addition, they may be required to complete certain graduate courses before or during their appointments.

MAT Graduates

World Languages and Cultures Department Thesis and Dissertations

https://scholarworks.iupui.edu/handle/1805/675

Since its inception in 2001, the Master of Arts in the Teaching of Spanish program has successfully graduated the following students:

 

Name 

Graduation Date

1.  Andrew Goodwin November 2003
  Thesis Title:
Una hibridación de la educación por la inmersión tardía con un programa no-inmersión de nivel secundario
  Currently: Principal and CEO (as well as Spanish Teacher) at Covenant Christian High School in Indianapolis, IN
     
2.  Amy Adrian January 2004
  Thesis Title: Literatura y el uso de la literatura infantil y juvenil en el desarrollo léxico
     
 3. Brieanne Morden August 2005
  Thesis Title:
La Lengua Meta y la Lengua Materna: Sus Papeles en el Aula de Lenguas Extranjeras
     
 4. Amy Landaw October 2005
  Thesis Title:
Una Comparación de los Niveles de Proficiencia de Estudiantes Secundarios en un Programa de inmersión con Estudiantes Universitarios
  Currently:   Working in Madrid, Spain as an English as a Second Language Instructor
     
 5. Carlos Muñoz Hernández February 2006
  Thesis Title:
Usos de lengua materna (L1) y lengua meta (L2) en un contexto de inmersión real
  Currently: Assistant Professor of Spanish at Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA
     
 6. Debra Ponce February 2006
  Thesis Title:
La enseñanza del español a hispanohablantes en Estados Unidos; un desafío para los educadores 
   Currently:  Spanis Teacher at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, VA; Online Instructor for Ozark Community College, Springfield, MO
     
 7. Marcus Welch September 2006
  Thesis Title:
El uso de la literatura en las aulas de segundas lenguas
  Currently:  Associate Director of Secondary Licensure at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN
     
 8. Michelle Jackson December 2006
  Final Project: Transition to Teaching Portfolio for State Licensure
     
 9. Diana García Day March 2007
  Thesis Title:
Los libros de texto para estudiantes nativos: un recurso para la ensenanza de E/LE
     
 10. Cheryl Kile April 2007
  Thesis Title:
El reto del vocabulario y el leer literatura infantil y juvenil para superarlo
     
 11. Elisa Lucchi-Riester June 2007
  Thesis Title:
ACTUACIÓN TEATRAL Y ADQUISICIÓN DE SEGUNDA LENGUA
     
 12. †Linda Hadley-Miller June 2007
  Thesis Title
Enseñar cultura a través del cine español
     
 13. Robin Reeves July 2007
  Thesis Title:
El juego lingüístico multilingüe y la narración de identidad: evidencia de diarios de una estudiante de español
     
 14. Karen Wharton July 2007
  Thesis Title:
Las estrategias de aprendizaje y la motivación
  Currently:  Spanish Teacher at Pike High School, Indianapolis, IN
     
 15. Jillian Gierke November 2007
  Final Project:
Transition to Teaching Portfolio for State Licensure
     
 16. Edwin Arellano January 2008
  Thesis Title:
Modelo Integral en la Enseñanza de Redacción Comercial en Español
     
 17. Anelly Arana February 2008
  Thesis Title:
LAS ACTITUDES HACIA EDUCACIÓN BILINGUE Y APRENDIZAJE DEL ESPAÑOL: UN ESTUDIO DE ESTUDIANTES DE INMERSIÓN Y ESTUDIANTES TRADICIONALES
  Currently:   Teaching English at a Language School in Indonesia
     
 18. Lori Silbernagel June 2008
  Thesis Title:
Motivación de los estudiantes de español de primer año universitario en IUPUI
     
 19. Katrina Reinhardt August 2008
  Final Project
Transition to Teaching Portfolio for State Licensure
  Currently:  School and Field Liaison for the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Indianapolis
     
 20. Marwilda Betancourt August 2008
  Thesis Title:
La herencia afrolatina del Caribe: Un proyecto didáctico de cultura
     
 21. Aileen Zeigler October 2008
  Final Project
Transition to Teaching Portfolio for State Licensure
     
 23. Adam Ballart December 2008
  Thesis Title:
EL USO DE LA TECNOLOGÍA Y EL APRENDIZAJE DE UNA LENGUA EXTRANJERA: ESTUDIOS Y RECURSOS DIDÁCTICOS PARA EL SIGLO XXI
  Currently:  Teaching at Ball State University
     
24.  Patricia Laguna December 2008
  Thesis Title:
ÉRASE UNA VEZ… EL PRETÉRITO Y EL IMPERFECTO… ADQUISICIÓN DE ASPECTO POR PARTE DE ESTUDIANTES DE ESPAÑOL EN UN PROGRAMA DE INMERSIÓN
     
 25. Jaime Luna May 2009
  Thesis Title:
ACTITUDES DE LOS PADRES DE FAMILIAS MEXICANAS HACIA EL USO Y MANTENIMIENTO DEL ESPAÑOL Y LA CULTURA MEXICANA
     
 26. Mabel Ramos May 2009
  Thesis Title:
Estrategias en el proceso de escritura en estudiantes de escuela elemental de un programa de inmersión
  Currently:   Spanish teacher at Forest Glen School of Spanish Immersion
     
 27. Jennifer Smiley December 2010
  Thesis Title:
EL DISCURSO DEL PROFESOR EN EL AULA: RECURSOS DISCURSIVOS PARA EL USO DE LA LENGUA META A DISTINTOS NIVELES DE DOMINIO LINGÜÍSTICO
  Currently:   Living in Israel studying Hebrew & Teaching Spanish at an American International High School in Jerusalem.
     
 28. Michael Batz December 2010
  Thesis Title:
La Educación Bilingue: Propuesta de un Programa de Inmersión Dual
  Currently:  Spanish Teacher at Arsenal Technical High School, Indianapolis, IN
     
 29. Coralina Ramirez-Brothers December 2010
  Thesis Title:
IMAGINACIÓN Y LITERATURA EN LA ENSEÑANZA DEL ESPAÑOL, A TRAVÉS DE DOS TEXTOS DE DULCE MARÍA LOYNAZ
     
30. Andrea Meyer Smith December 2010
  Thesis Title:
El Aprendizaje Basado en el Voluntariado Internacional: Un camino directo a las 5 C’s: Comunicación, Comparaciones, Conexiones, Cultura, Comunidades
  Currently:  Spanish Teacher at North Central High School, Indianpolis, IN
     
 31. David Sparks May 2011
  Requirement Met:
Graduation via additional coursework option.
     
 32. Shannon Klee June 2011
  Thesis Title:
COMPARACIÓN DE DOS ESTILOS DE LA ENSEÑANZA DEL ESPAÑOL COMO UNA LENGUA EXTRANJERA
     
 33.  Jessica Huser  September 2011
  Thesis Title:
 LA RELACIÓN ENTRE LA ANSIEDAD Y ESTILOS DE APRENDIZAJE Y DE ENSEÑANZA EN CLASES DE LENGUAS EXTRANJERAS
  Currently:  Lower School and Middle School Spanish Teacher at Park City Day School in Park City, UT
     
 34.  Katy Johnston  October 2011
  Thesis Title:
 PERCEPCIONES DE DESARROLLO LINGÜÍSTICO Y CULTURAL DURANTE UN PROGRAMA DE ESTUDIO EN EL EXTRANJERO
  Currently:   Spanish Instructor at Franklin College in Franklin, IN
     
 35.  Rebecca McNealy  January 2012
  Requirement Met:
Graduation via additional coursework option. 
     
 36.  Michel Trahyn González  January 2012
  Requirement Met:
 Graduation via additional coursework option.
  Currently:   Adjunct faculty at Franklin College - Franklin, Indiana, Marian University - Indianapolis, Indiana, and IUPUI - Indianapolis, Indiana
     
 37.  Heather Henning  March 2012
  Requirement Met:
 Graduation via additional coursework option.
   Currently:  Spanish teacher at Brownsburg High School, Brownsburg, IN
     
 38.  Makarena Saldias  April 2012
  Thesis Title:
 Una variable linguística de Hispanoamérica : cómo incorporar el voseo al español de nuestros
     
 39.  Tania Umpierre  May 2012
  Requirement Met:
 Graduation via additional coursework option.
  Currently:   3rd Grade Spanish Immersion Teacher at Forest Glen Elementary School in Indianapolis, IN
     
 40. Victoria Romero  May 2012
  Thesis Title:
 ADQUISICIÓN DE PRAGMÁTICA EN SEGUNDA LENGUA: UN MODELO DIDÁCTICO PARA LA ENSEÑANZA DE LA PRAGMÁTICA
     
41.   Amanda Schacht  May 2012
  Requirement Met:
 Graduation via additional coursework option.
     
 42.  Eric Piatek  May 2012
  Requirement Met:
 Graduation via additional coursework option. 
     
 43.  Militza Morales  May 2012
  Requirement Met:
 Graduation via additional coursework option. 
  Currently:   Spanish Teacher at Crawfordsville High School in Crawfordsville, IN
     
 44.  Cassandra Hicks  May 2012
  Requirement Met:
 Graduation via additional coursework option.
  Currently:   Spanish Teacher at Clinton Prairie Jr.-Sr. High School in Frankfort, IN
     
 45.  Carlos Guevara  May 2012
  Requirement Met:
 Graduation via additional coursework option.
     
 46.  Alan Tuttle  May 2012
  Thesis Title:
 El estudio en el extranjero: Hacia un enfoque en las expectativas
     
 47.  Alicia Fleming  September 2012
  Thesis Title:
 CAMBIOS DIALECTALES E IDIOSINCRACIAS EN LA ENSEÑANZA DEL SEGUNDO IDIOMA A ESTUDIANTES MINORITARIOS A TRAVÉS DE LA POESÍA AFROCUBANA
  Currently:   Full time Spanish Faculty at Martin University teaching Spanish and International Studies. In charge of expanding/creating Study Abroad and assisting with Latino student recruiting.
     
 48.  Miranda Erk  September 2012
  Thesis Title:
 Prácticas internacionales en el extranjero y percepciones de la mejoría lingüística y competencia cultural: Una evaluación del programa "Auxiliares de Conversación"
  Currently:   Spanish Teacher at South Decatur High School in Greensburg, IN
     
 49.  Maria Elena Patino  September 2012
  Requirement Met:
 Graduation via additional coursework option.
     
 50.  Kevanne Monkhouse  September 2012
  Requirement Met:
 Graduation via additional coursework option.
  Currently:   Recruiter with a Study Abroad Provider in Philadelphia, PA for Programs in Spanish-Speaking Countries
     
 51.  Tracy Jones  January 2013
  Requirement Met:
 Graduation via additional coursework option.
     
 52.  Katy Brammer  May 2013
  Thesis Title:
 El mantenimiento de español como lengua de herencia y el rol de la lectura
     
 53.  Vaughn Cobb  August 2013
  Thesis Title:
 La enseñanza de temas homosexuales en la literatura: el fomento de un multiculturalismo más completo en los estudios de la literatura española
  Currently:   Adjunct Faculty in Spanish at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne (IPFW) and Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus
     
 54.  Theresa Vernon  
  Thesis Title:
 
     
     

 † indicates that the student is deceased.