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Foreign Languages, Spanish Concentration, M.A.T.

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Prepare for a language teaching career. M.A.T. program in Spanish. Learn theory, methods, and culture.

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Foreign Languages, Spanish Concentration, M.A.T.

The Spanish Concentration of the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is offered through the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in the College of Liberal Studies at MTSU. This degree is intended to prepare native and non-native speakers of the world language for a career in world language teaching at the elementary or secondary level.

Study and teach at the same time with the Foreign Language Master of Teaching (M.A.T.) program. This degree is designed to give students the best possible preparation for teaching a foreign language. Classes cover education, theories of language acquisition, foreign language teaching methods, linguistics, and the literature and culture of the chosen language. The intensive teaching internship, a unique aspect of the program, pairs students with a faculty supervisor to teach an introductory language course at MTSU or with an experienced educator in a country where the language of emphasis is spoken. Classes are offered in late afternoon or evening for the convenience of currently employed teachers. Three languages are offered: French, German, and Spanish. Students who would like to minor in world languages should determine the requirements based on their major curriculum in consultation with their advisors.

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The world is your classroom...

The world is your classroom...

As with any foreign language, students are encouraged to learn through immersion, and that means travel! A student can earn Spanish credit abroad as a part of his or her degree program. Students can join MTSU Spanish faculty on an annual immersion program in Cuba, or study Spanish in Mexico, Costa Rica or Spain. Their options are not limited to these trips — with a little extra planning and footwork, a student can also design his or her own unique study abroad experience.

Leaping language barriers

Leaping language barriers

Almost any job that calls for communicating with a wide range of people will have good reason to employ someone with Spanish-speaking skills. This is especially true in fields related to education and customer/client service fields. For example, after earning her B.A. in Spanish at MTSU in 2005, Sarafina Croft went on to complete her Master's degree in Secondary Education at Vanderbilt University and now works as a training specialist at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Leavenworth, Kansas.

News Briefs

The world is your classroom...

As with any foreign language, students are encouraged to learn through immersion, and that means travel! A student can earn Spanish credit abroad as a part of his or her degree program. Students can join MTSU Spanish faculty on an annual immersion program in Cuba, or study Spanish in Mexico, Costa Rica or Spain. Their options are not limited to these trips — with a little extra planning and footwork, a student can also design his or her own unique study abroad experience.

Leaping language barriers

Almost any job that calls for communicating with a wide range of people will have good reason to employ someone with Spanish-speaking skills. This is especially true in fields related to education and customer/client service fields. For example, after earning her B.A. in Spanish at MTSU in 2005, Sarafina Croft went on to complete her Master's degree in Secondary Education at Vanderbilt University and now works as a training specialist at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Leavenworth, Kansas.

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Besides opening up a host of career opportunities in traditional foreign language fields (teaching, interpreting, etc.), fluency in Spanish is the ultimate "add-on" skill, often catapulting a job seeker ahead of all other competition in industries as diverse as business, law, and government.

Examples include

  • Bilingual customer support
  • Bilingual educator
  • College professor
  • Court interpreter
  • Cultural attaché
  • Cultural events coordinator
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Foreign service officer
  • Immigration officer
  • International account manager
  • Interpreter
  • Proofreader
  • Translator
  • Travel agent
  • Travel guide

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Department of Veterans Affairs
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  • Tennessee Department of Children's Services
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of State

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