Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I complete an M.Ed. in Spanish? Why should I choose the Graduate School of the College of Charleston?
Is this program just for teachers?
How many hours of study does it take to get the degree?
What are the tuition and fees?
What specifically are the core courses?
What are the Spanish courses being offered?
I want to learn Spanish, is this program for me? 
Can I take courses part-time, or do I have to be a full-time student?
I'd like to take graduate courses in Spanish but don't really want to pursue a degree. Can I just take coursework?
Can I apply graduate credits that I have earned at another university?
Are there comprehensive exams and does the M.Ed. require a Master's thesis?
You say the degree requires 6 hours of electives. What do they consist of?
How long will it take me to complete the degree?
Can I get certified as a teacher by taking the M.Ed. program?
What are requirements for admission?
I am a teacher of something other than a language. Can the M.Ed. lead to add-on certification in Spanish?
Do you have teaching assistantships?

Why should I complete an M.Ed. in Spanish? Why should I choose the Graduate School of the College of Charleston?

Those who complete our program are leaders in the field who are highly desired for their strong academic preparation in the study of Spanish and their familiarity with the national standards in language teaching and assessment. Graduates of our program have gone on to serve as leaders in departments of world languages and their school districts. They also engage in advocacy, community service, and outreach.

The Graduate School at the University of Charleston, SC offers fully accredited programs that allow career flexibility and advancement. The M.Ed. in Languages (Spanish) degree is designed for full-time working professionals who are current teachers or people returning to teaching. Most students take a part-time course load of 2 courses per semester, including the summer sessions, all courses are offered online. Our courses are taught by leading faculty in the field and will provide you with in-depth linguistic foundations to understand how languages are acquired and the latest pedagogical approaches to teaching foreign languages and assessing your students’ competencies. This Master’s degree integrates the latest innovations in technology and best practices in educational pedagogies to help you enhance your teaching skills and strategies for your career goals. Our faculty will assist you in the development of a teaching portfolio to demonstrate your implementation and integration of the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) standards for teachers. Our program offers the only M.Ed. in Languages (Spanish) in the state of South Carolina.

Is this program just for teachers?

Although the degree is of most interest to teachers, anyone who qualifies for admission can take the courses. We enroll people considering a return to teaching, and non-degree-seeking students who want graduate study in languages for reasons other than teaching. For those who seek initial teacher certification in the state of South Carolina, an M.A.T. program is the most appropriate choice. 

How many hours of study does it take to get the degree?

The M.Ed. takes 37 hours, of which 16 are core courses in the area of language teaching and applied linguistics, 15 hours are Spanish-specific courses, and 6 hours are electives.

What are the tuition and fees?

Tuition and fees are subject to change. For current information, please contact the Graduate School at the College of Charleston for details.

What specifically are the core courses?

In general, the core courses in education and linguistics are as follows:

    * LALE 601 Applied Linguistics

    * LALE 602 Advanced Methods of Second Language Teaching

    * LALE 603 Second Language Acquisition

    * LALE 695 Standards-based Teaching Portfolio

    * EDFS 635 Educational Research

    * EDFS 687 Technology Education for Teachers or EDFS 692 Advanced Technology Applications in Education or TEDU 536 Technology in Problem Based Learning

What are the Spanish courses being offered?

    * SPAN 614 Topics in Spanish Culture and Civilization

    * SPAN 615 Topics in Spanish-American Culture and Civilization

    * SPAN 624 US Latinos/as Literatures and Cultures

    * SPAN 630 Seminar in Hispanic Studies

    * SPAN 681 Spanish Linguistics for Language Teachers

    * SPAN 682 Oral Proficiency

I want to learn Spanish, is this program for me?

We always encourage language learning, but unfortunately, this program is designed for students who already have graduate-level language proficiency in Spanish. 

Can I take courses part-time, or do I have to be a full-time student?

The program is designed to be completed part time (1-2 courses per semester including summers), but some students choose to take a full-time courseload of 3 courses per term. If you take 3 courses/term you will graduate in 4 semesters. If you take 2 courses/term you will graduate in 6 semesters. Courses are offered online so working professionals with full-time employment such as high school teachers can complete the program.

I'd like to take graduate courses in Spanish but don't really want to pursue a degree. Can I just take coursework?

Yes. You don't have to be a degree-seeking student to take graduate courses at the College.

Can I apply graduate credits that I have earned at another university?

Yes, you can transfer up to 9 credits into the program. Transfer credit must be approved by the program director. Starting in Fall 2020, students will be able to transfer in up to 12 credit hours of previously earned coursework. Please contact the Program Director for details.

Are there comprehensive exams and does the M.Ed. require a Master's thesis?

At the end of the program, you must submit a professional portfolio for evaluation.

You say the degree requires 6 hours of electives. What do they consist of?

This is the list of approved electives:

Languages

LALE 690 Special Topics in Language Education (3)

LALE 698 Independent Study (3-6)

Spanish courses

SPAN 614 Topics in Spanish Culture and Civilization (3)

SPAN 615 Topics in Latin American Culture and Civilization (3)

SPAN 624 Us Latinos/As Literatures and Cultures (3)

SPAN 630 Seminar in Hispanic Studies (3)

SPAN 655 Tyranny in Spanish American Film and Literature (3)

SPAN 682 Spanish Oral Proficiency (3)

Teaching, Learning, and Advocacy Courses

MTLA 601 Class, Race and Gender in Education (3)

MTLA 602 Policies and Issues in Contemporary Education (3)

MTLA 607 Teachers as Advocates for Children and Youth (3)

Foundations, Secondary, and Special Education Courses

EDFS 632 Education Psychology Learning, Cognition, and Motivation (3)

EDFS 652 Foundations of Education (3)

EDFS 654 Human Growth and Development (3)

EDFS 670 Principles and Strategies for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (K-12) (3)

EDFS 671 Teaching Reading and Writing to K-12 Speakers of Other Languages (3)

EDFS 672 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Education (3)

EDFS 673 Assessing Student Performance (3)

EDFS 680 Teaching English Through the Content Areas (Or Content Modification for ESOL Students K-12) (3)

EDFS 692 Advanced Technology Applications in Education (3)

EDFS 704 Practicum in the Instruction of English as a Second Language to Elementary and Secondary Learners (3)

EDFS 710 Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth (3)

EDFS 725 Classroom and Behavior Management (3)

EDFS 760 The Nature and Needs of Gifted and Talented Students: Historical, Philosophical, and Current Perspectives (3)

EDFS 761 Introduction to Curriculum and Instruction for Gifted and Talented Students (3) Prerequisite: EDFS 760

EDFS 764 Social and Emotional Development of Gifted and Talented Students (3)

Prerequisites: EDFS 760 and EDFS 761

Elementary and early childhood education courses

EDEE 606 Teaching Diverse Learners (3)

EDEE 653 Theories and strategies for developing literacies (3)

EDEE 678 Success in Literacy for older readers (3)

Communication courses:

COMM 522 International and Intercultural communication (3) 

How long will it take me to complete the degree?

That depends on how much time you can give to it. If you take 2 courses per semester, including 2 in the summer, you can be finished in three years.

Can I get certified as a teacher by taking the M.Ed. program?

No. The M.Ed. is not a certification granting program.If you would like to be certified there is additional course work to complete as well as 1 semester of student teaching. Please contact the Director for more information.

What are requirements for admission?

  • Bachelor's degree in Spanish (or equivalent) with GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Application
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework, including teaching certificates/licenses
  • Statement of goals
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Evidence of command of English (if English is not the primary language). A TOEFL score of 79 or greater is required

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.

Applicants without a bachelor's in Spanish will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The program steering committee will consider a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, a GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale, at least 30 credit hours of undergraduate coursework in Spanish.  

Applicants without a valid teaching certificate/license who have been teaching in private settings or adult education should contact the program director for more information.

Transfer Credit: A maximum of nine graduate credit hours can be transferred into the program from another institution. No more than nine hours of graduate work taken in non-degree admission status may be credited toward the degree. All transfer credit requests will be evaluated by the program director.

Conditional/Provisional Admission: Students who do not meet the requirements for admission may be admitted conditionally or provisionally until the deficiencies are corrected. Conditions of provisional acceptances that lead to degree status will be clearly outlined for applicants by the program's Admissions Committee.


I am a teacher of something other than a language. Can the M.Ed. lead to add-on certification in Spanish?

Yes. Please contact the program director for more information.

Do you have teaching assistantships?

The Graduate School offers non-teaching assistantships rather than teaching assistantships. If you believe that you should be considered, please contact the Program Director.