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    The Department of Modern Languages offers a Master of Arts in Urban Education with a Specialization in World Languages Education (Spanish). This Master’s Program in Urban Education is designed to provide content and skills that will help world languages teachers to:

    • focus on second language acquisition theory and the application of these theories in the classroom;
    • gain a deep understanding of the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world, including its perspectives, products and practices;
    • develop standards-based curriculum and assessment practices;
    • reflect upon their instructional practices;
    • become valuable members of learning communities;
    • develop the practices and dispositions as described by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards in Languages other than English and ACTL;
    • become researchers in the classroom.

    New Jersey City University’s Master of Arts in Urban Education with a specialization in World Languages (Spanish)

    Program Description

    New Jersey City University’s Master of Arts in Urban Education with a specialization in World Languages (Spanish) is a comprehensive preparation program for world language teachers of Spanish that includes strong components in methodology, linguistics, Spanish language, and the culture of the Spanish-speaking world.

    The program consists of 12 credits in Spanish Language and Culture and 24 credits in Second Language Acquisition and Methodology. After completion of these 36 credits, students will be awarded an “M.A. in Urban Education” degree with a specialization in World Languages. The program includes the course Second Language Methodology I, required by the NJ State Department of Education for World Language Certification. Twenty-four credits will count towards Spanish Certification.

    The program is aligned with the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) Standards for beginning world languages teachers developed in collaboration with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) in Languages Other than English Standards.

    This graduate-level teacher preparation program will develop teacher leaders with a high level of Spanish proficiency, a knowledge and appreciation of languages and cultures, strong pedagogical preparation in second language acquisition theory and methodology, and an understanding of action research.

    ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
    In addition to the general requirements for degree-seeking students at the graduate level, students in this program must:

    • have a passing score on the PRAXIS in Spanish;
    • have achieved a minimum level of Advanced Low on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in Spanish
    • administered by ACTFL;
    • submit a writing sample in English and Spanish that meets established criteria;

    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

     

    Methodology and Linguistics (24 credits)  
    Code Title
    Credits
    LANG 510 Second Language Methodology I
    3
    LANG 610 Second Language Methodology II
    3
    MCC 603 Applied Linguistics
    3
    MCC 608 Language, Culture and Communication
    OR
    3
    MCC 627 Hist. & Background of the LEP Child
    3
    LANG 611 Assessment in the Second Language Classroom
    3
    EDTC 633 Technology in the World Language Classroom
    3
    LANG 615 Action Research I
    3
    LANG 616 Action Research II
    3

    Language and Culture (12 credits)
     
    Code Title
    Credits
    LANG 603 Spanish Children’s Literature
    3
    LANG 602 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Linguistics
    3
    LANG 604 U.S. Latino/a Literature and Performance
    3
      OR
     
    LANG 606 Latin American Women’s Testimonials and Films
    3
    LANG 621 The Music of Latin America
    3
      OR
     
    LANG 622 The Music of Spain
    3
    ART 622 The Art of Latin America
    3
      OR
     
    ART 630 The Art of Spain
    3

    In addition, candidates will present a Professional Portfolio during their last semester in the program that meets the departmental criteria.

    *ALTERNATE ROUTE LINKED TO THE MASTER’S DEGREE (3 OR 6 ADDITIONAL CREDITS)
    The Alternate Route Program for World Languages teachers has been approved by the New Jersey State Department of Education and it is linked to the Master’s in Urban Education with a World Languages Specialization (Spanish). Successful completion of the Alternate Route program results in eligibility to apply for a Certificate of Advanced Standing for Teacher of Spanish. If a candidate is accepted for matriculation, all credits from the Alternate Route Program will be accepted towards the graduate degree requirements in the M.A. in Urban Education with a specialization in World Languages.

    This program is designed to expand the options for high quality teachers to enter the workforce in New Jersey. There is a documented shortage of qualified World Languages teachers in the State of New Jersey.

    This Alternate Route Program will allow teachers with a Certificate of Eligibility to attain permanent certification. The program provides the overall content of the traditional Alternate Route Program with respect to the State of New Jersey Professional Standards, and time equivalent. In addition, the program places particular emphasis on second language acquisition, as well as standards-based curriculum and assessment practices in the world languages classroom. The program consists of 15 semester hours. Twelve of those credits can be applied to the Master’s Program. Prospective teachers must qualify for a Certificate of Eligibility as issued by the New Jersey State Department of Education.

    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS 

    Code Title
    Credits
    LANG 510 Second Language Methodology I
    3
    LANG 610 Second Language Methodology II
    3
    LANG 603 Spanish Children’s Literature
    3
    LANG 611 Assessment in the Second Language Classroom
    3
    The above 12 credits can be applied towards the M.A.
    *EDU 500 Classroom Management
    1
    *EDU 652 Student Teaching Internship and Seminar
    2
    *These courses are completed during the first year of employment as a teacher.

     

    ADMISSION INTO THE PROGRAM
    SStudents are required to have a 2.75 GPA from their undergraduate degree or from a post-graduate degree program. All students must have achieved:

    • A qualifying score on the Praxis II exam in Language;
    • A minimum score of Advanced-low on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL);
    • And must qualify and have applied for:
      A Certificate of Eligibility from the County Superintendent’s Office in the county in which they live.

    New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ) Students
    Students who have completed this Program for graduate credit and who hold a Certificate of Eligibility in Spanish may apply 15 graduate credits towards the M.A. in Urban Education-World Languages specialization (Spanish). For more information, please go to: http://www.nptnj.org/