Curriculum and Instruction, MEd Concentration in ASTL: Foreign Language Spanish
Foreign language teachers understand the intricacies of language, and how vocabulary is absorbed and leads to language competency. They also understand the best ways to teach students, and the difficulties students encounter during language acquisition.
The Spanish Foreign Language concentration provides advanced professional development and language study for practicing foreign language teachers. The 18 credits include a combination of modern language courses and targeted electives.
The ASTL concentrations are for teachers and other educators with one or more years of teaching or education-related experience who want to continue to grow professionally. The program offers advanced study in a specific concentration area, including Virginia's Standards of Learning content areas, cohort classes, an innovative schedule, and the use of technology. The courses, aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, help teachers think and practice as board-certified teachers. The program develops teacher-leaders who practice reflection through action-research, problem-based learning, and self-inquiry, and teacher expertise in a concentration that will identify the teacher as a potential leader in that area.
Experienced teachers with or without a master's degree may apply for the ASTL Master's Degree program, which includes 18 credits in the Concentration area and 12 credits in the education Core.
Core Courses (12 credits)
- EDUC 606: Education and Culture (3 credit hours)
- EDUC 612: Inquiry into Practice (2 credit hours)
- EDUC 613: How Students Learn (3 credit hours)
- EDUC 614: Designing and Assessing Teaching and Learning (2 credit hours)
- EDUC 615: Educational Change (2 credit hours)
Concentration Courses in Spanish (18 credits)
Required Courses (6 credits)
- SPAN 502: Hispanic Sociolinguistics (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 510: Methods of Literary and Cultural Studies (3 credit hours)
*Select 12 credits from the following:
- SPAN 501: Applied Spanish Grammar (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 505: Applied Spanish Stylistics (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 512: Mass Media and Popular Culture (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 520: Studies in Medieval Spanish Literature (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 525: Studies in Renaissance Literature (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 530: Studies in the Literature of the Golden Age (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 540: Studies in 20th-Century Literature (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 544: Spanish-Language Film, Television, and Digital Media (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 545: Studies in Hispanic Literature (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 551: Special Topics in Spanish (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 560: Studies in Spanish American Poetry (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 565: Studies in Spanish American Drama (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 570: Language Politics and Policy (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 571: Methods and Curriculum Design for Teaching Spanish (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 576: Advanced Translation (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 580: Contemporary Hispanic Institutions (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 635: Seminar in Don Quixote (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 650: Seminar in Twentieth-Century Drama (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 655: Seminar in Twentieth-Century Prose (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 670: Seminar in Spanish American Prose (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 675: Seminar in Literature and Art (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 680: Seminar in Literature and Society (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 685: Seminar in Literature and Ideas (3 credit hours)
- FRLN 575: Heritage Language Education (3 credit hours)
- FRLN 670: Foreign Language Learning and Teaching (3 credit hours)
Note: *Courses may be substituted with advisor-approved language and literature-related electives.
Total: 30 credits
Program Exit Requirement
Professional Development Portfolio: A performance-based document that provides concrete evidence of teacher professional development throughout the ASTL program.