Spanish Education, M.A.

Saint Louis University's Master of Arts in Spanish Education is designed to be finished in two years. Courses are offered year-round, beginning in the summer. Students complete the majority of their coursework on an accredited campus in the dynamic urban area of St. Louis, Missouri; with advance planning, coursework could be completed in the fall semester of Year 2 on Madrid’s campus. This program is offered in collaboration with the School of Education.

Degree requirements include 33 credits of coursework and 10 hours in the field (2 field experiences and a 1-semester practicum). This degree equips its recipients to receive licensure through the state of Missouri and begin teaching with licensure in public or private schools.

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate Spanish major (or equivalent)
  • Application form and fee
  • Official transcripts (in English)--WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae (in English)
  • Three letters of professional recommendation assessing the applicant's potential for graduate study
  • Professional goal statement: 
    • This 1000-word statement should be in Spanish. The candidate should describe professional and intellectual goals and specific reasons for interest in pursuing an M.A. in Spanish Education, as well as demonstrate how these goals align with the curricula offered by SLU’s M.A. program.
  • Writing sample: 
    • This 5-page piece may be in English or Spanish, may be an excerpt from a longer piece and should demonstrate the candidate’s capacity for graduate-level academic work.
  • Interview in Spanish

International Student Requirements

In addition to the above, international students must also meet the following additional requirements:

  • Demonstrate English Language Proficiency
  • Financial documents are required to complete an application for admission and be reviewed for admission. Proof of financial support that must include:
    • A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding the student's time at Saint Louis University
    • A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of the student's study at the University.
  • Academic records, in English translation, of students who have undertaken postsecondary studies outside the United States must include:
    • Courses taken and/or lectures attended
    • Practical laboratory work
    • The maximum and minimum grades attainable
    • The grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations
    • Any honors or degrees received.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis at this time, although it is recommended that students begin their course of study in a summer semester.  In order to begin in Summer 2024, applications must be received by April 1, 2024.  Each item listed above is taken into careful consideration by the examining committee before making admission recommendations.  


Tuition Cost Per Credit
MA in Spanish Education $620

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EDSP 5310Advanced Studies in Psych/Educ the Exceptional Child3
EDF 5700Advanced Growth and Development3
SPAN 5041Methods of Teaching Spanish I: Best Practices and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom3
SPAN 5042Methods of Teaching Spanish II: Assessment and Language Learner Contexts3
EDI 5820Field Experience 1 World Languages1
EDI 5825Field Experience II World Languages1
EDI 5390Teaching Reading: Contemporary Issues & Practices3
EDSP 4240Classroom Organization and Management (Early Childhood, ECSE, Elementary, Special Education)2,3
EDF 5600Foundations of Urban Education3
EDI 5940Supervised Practicum Choice of Elementary Middle or High School8
Spanish courses in content specialization12
Total Credits43

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Annual Evaluation and Student Status

An annual assessment for each graduate student is performed every year. This assessment should take the form of a written summary of progress and activities from the student, as outlined in the annual assessment form. The assessment should be completed by the end of each Spring semester by the graduate coordinator. If the student is making adequate progress in all categories, no further action is required. If a student is scored “inadequate” in any category, the student will receive a written evaluation that includes the reasons for the decision and recommendations for correction. An evaluation of “inadequate” at a second meeting will be considered grounds for dismissal. All written communications (C.V., progress report, follow-up letters) will be maintained by the Graduate Program Coordinator and placed in the student's file.

Presentation of Research Project in a Formal Conference Environment

Most Spanish content courses include the completion of a Spanish research project, upon which students work closely with faculty members. Students are required to present such work in a formal environment, at a conference such as that of our state language association, which offers candidates a venue both for networking and service in state-wide language advocacy (i.e. internships, board service, conference service and presentation, newsletter articles). 

Spanish courses in content specialization

Teaching College Spanish
Spanish for Reading and Translation
Spanish in the World
Spanish Linguistics
Spanish Phonology and Its Place in the Classroom
Short Stories: History, Histories
Latin American 'Modernismo'
Contemporary Latin American Poetry
Early Latin American Novel
Boom, Mass Media and Utopia
The African Experience in Spanish America
Narratives on the End of Utopias
Identities of the Other in 19th-c. Latin American Narrative
Counter Hegemony Discourses
Written by Herself: Latin American Women Writers
Latin American Film
Cultural Stereotypes: Latin America
Strangers in a Familiar Land: Displacements in Latin America
Hispanic Short-Short Stories
Don Quixote by Cervantes
Span Jewry in Spain and in the Diaspora
Contemporary Spanish Short Story
Twentieth-Century Poetry
Twentieth-Century Novel
Twentieth-Century Drama
From the Poetry of Knowledge to the Poetry of the Turn of the Century
Spanish Novel After 1970
Spanish Literature and Film
Verbum: the Journey of Women Poets in Contemporary Spain
Contemporary Spanish Women Writers
Medieval Short Stories: Power, Wisdom and Fantasy in Tales
Spanish Medieval Masterpieces

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
EDSP 5310 Advanced Studies in Psych/Educ the Exceptional Child 3
EDF 5700 Advanced Growth and Development 3
SPAN 5XXXcourse in content specialization 3
SPAN 5041 Methods of Teaching Spanish I: Best Practices and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom 3
EDI 5820 Field Experience 1 World Languages 1
SPAN 5XXXcourse in content specialization 3
SPAN 5042 Methods of Teaching Spanish II: Assessment and Language Learner Contexts 3
EDI 5825 Field Experience II World Languages 1
Year Two
EDI 5390 Teaching Reading: Contemporary Issues & Practices 3
EDSP 4250 Classroom Organization and Management (Middle, Secondary and Special Education) 3
SPAN 5XXXcourse in content specialization 3
EDF 5600 Foundations of Urban Education 3
SPAN 5XXXcourse in content specialization 3
EDI 5940 Supervised Practicum Choice of Elementary Middle or High School 8
 Total Credits43