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Spanish BA/Spanish Adolescence Education EdM

(HEGIS: 11.05 SPANISH, CIP: 16.0905 Spanish Language and Literature)

Romance Languages & Literature

910 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4620

Dr. Amy C. Graves Monroe

Dr. Colleen Culleton
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Learning And Instruction

Office of Educator Preparation
375 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4610

Travis Eisele
Academic Advisor

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Why study Spanish BA/Spanish Adolescence Education EdM at UB?

The Spanish education program is an accelerated, combined degree program that that leads to a Spanish BA and a Spanish Education EdM in five years.

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (RLL) is home to the Spanish program. Our faculty and Instructors teach using an interdisciplinary perspective, reflected in the opportunity to explore the Hispanic world through language and literature, linguistics, film and media studies, and the intellectual history of the Spanish-speaking world. Spanish students are strongly encouraged to study abroad for a summer, semester, or full year. There are quality affordable SUNY programs throughout the Spanish-speaking world. The coursework in the first three years provides a deep understanding of the Spanish language and cultures. Select education courses give students opportunity to experience the nuances of the teaching profession.

The graduate portion of the program will continue to develop Spanish language competence and communicative strategies to become an effective teacher. The final year in the program includes a one-year residency that allows students to co-teach alongside an expert teacher. The opportunity to experience the inner workings of the classroom from fall setup to end-of-year grading prepares students to enter the teaching profession with expertise and confidence.

At the end of the five-year program, successful students will receive recommendation for New York State Initial and Professional Teacher Certification.

Learning Outcomes

Students in the combined program will complete the same learning outcomes as for the Spanish BA degree. In addition, graduates of the Spanish Education EdM program will:

  • Demonstrate subject specific content expertise that supports effective teaching in the field. 
  • Create inclusive learning environments to meet individual differences in a caring, culturally responsive, and professional manner. 
  • Construct relevant and rigorous curricula that include critical assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • Design, develop, and evaluate learning experiences that maximize the use of digital and interactive technologies. 
  • Promote the application of research and evidence-based practices in diverse settings throughout their teaching careers.
  • Remain intellectually curious, continually updating their knowledge and skills to ensure ongoing excellence in teaching.

The Learning Environment

Spanish courses are taught in the target language. Classes are small and highly interactive. In introductory classes, instructors model usage and engage students in daily conversation on topics drawn from around the world. Our 200-level classes strengthen cultural analysis while emphasizing spoken and written mastery of the language.

Upper-division courses reflect the interdisciplinary orientation of the faculty and permit students to explore the relationship of language and literature to other disciplines. Collaborations with the Theatre program allow performance classes in the target language. Partnering with colleagues in the sciences, RLL faculty have developed courses on globalization and sustainability. Courses such as a Petrarch seminar or Portuguese for Speakers of Spanish empower students to build on foundations. Classes in Business French and Medical Spanish offer students an opportunity to combine their passion for language with an array of career options.

Most undergraduate education classes in the Department of Learning and Instruction enroll between 18-24 students while graduate courses enroll between 10-18 students. These small class sizes create an intimate learning environment where students have more opportunity to ask questions, contribute to discussions and get to know professors and peers. In the final year of the program, one-year placements as teachers in residence will provide comprehensive learning opportunities in a real grade 5-12 classroom setting.

About Our Facilities

RLL recently updated its departmental classroom to provide state-of-the-art audio visual technology for classroom presentations, lectures and films. The department also has a Quebec Studies seminar room with specially dedicated materials and equipment available to support film study. A spacious conference room serves for meetings and oral exams. All regular classrooms are equipped with up-to-date computing and display technology and are linked by a T1 connection to the Internet. Secure wifi is ubiquitous on campus.

All faculty and administrative offices, advisement, and most classrooms in the Department of Learning and Instruction are located in Baldy Hall. A small selection of classes are scheduled in other locations on UB North Campus. Clinical experiences are embedded throughout the program and are embedded in WNY region PreK-12 schools.

About Our Faculty

The breadth of faculty specializations in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and a pan-Romance model make for an actively interdisciplinary research and teaching agenda which promotes linguistic, literary, cultural, and visual literacies. We have emerging strengths in Catalan and Portuguese, with cross-disciplinary strengths in Iberian and Latin American Studies, Francophone Canadian, Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Studies, Early Modern Studies, as well as Cultural, Postcolonial, Gender, Disability, and Urban and Landscape Studies, in addition to Poetry, Theater and Performance, Film, and Romance Linguistics. RLL faculty contribute to interdisciplinary initiatives such as UB’s Humanities Institute, the Gender Institute, the Early Modern Reading Group, Poetics, and Canadian Studies.

Learning and Instruction distinguished faculty researchers are thought leaders and innovators. They share a commitment to mentor students to become leaders in the profession, influencing schools and communities. Our faculty pride themselves in applying knowledge that is based in theory and informed by research done in environments that promote examination of issues across boundaries. The experiences of our faculty help to instill an intellectual curiosity and encourage critical inquiry in students.

RLL graduate students are productive and high achieving. They have successfully competed for UB Presidential scholarships; been short-listed for Fulbright and Ford fellowships; received CAS and Humanities Institute dissertation writing grants; had papers accepted in major disciplinary conferences, and articles accepted for publication at peer-reviewed journals. They organize an annual conference and publish its proceedings.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Romance Languages and Literatures department website and Learning and Instruction website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Employment opportunities exist as New York State and other states nationwide are facing current and future teacher shortages. Program graduates will be well equipped to find professional employment in public, private, and charter schools as teachers in grades 5-12. Graduates also may find career opportunities as educators, consultants, and researchers in public and private industry, as well as in government agencies.

Academic Advising

Advising is a collaborative relationship between a student and advisor that can be successful only when both participants regularly share information openly throughout the student’s academic career.

Students interested in this degree program should meet with their primary advisor from the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advising Services, Spanish program advisor, and Office of Educator Preparation advisor at least once per semester concerning program requirements and the selection of courses to meet those requirements.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Students who have questions about initial placement or study abroad integration or course planning, should always feel free to request an advisement appointment either using the online request form on the Romance Languages and Literatures website or email Romance Languages and Literatures. An advisor will reply with guidance and suggestions.

To schedule advisement in the Office of Educator Preparation, contact:
Travis Eisele
303 Baldy Hall
Email Travis Eisele

Scholarships and Financial Support

The Linda Rock Scholarship and the Wilma J. Newberry Scholarship are awarded twice annually to students majoring or sometimes minoring in Spanish who have applied to and been accepted by a study abroad program. The awards are granted on the basis of academic merit, but financial need can also be taken into consideration.

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Published: Nov 28, 2022 13:04:24