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Master of Arts in Teaching with Expertise in Spanish

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with Area of Expertise in Spanish is designed to prepare students to teach high school Spanish, dual credit high school/college Spanish, and university-level Spanish courses. Students take six courses in the Spanish Department and six courses in the Department of Urban Education (see graph below for details). The courses in this program are taught utilizing a combination of face-to-face, online, and hybrid instruction.

Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Graduates will demonstrate competency in the area of effective teaching practices that enhance student learning.
  • 2. Graduates will demonstrate competency in critical thinking and problem solving.
  • 3. Graduates will write effectively.

Courses in this Program

COURSE

DESCRIPTION

TERM

MAT 6315

Introduction to Educational Research

Summer

ETC 5301

Technology Application for Curriculum Development and Instruction

Fall

ESL 5333

Instruction in Language Acquisition

Summer

MAT 6319

Teaching Language to the Minority Child

Spring

MAT 6317

Classroom Based Research

Fall

MAT 6390

Directed Study in Urban Education (Taken in the last semester)

Any

 

Spanish Coursework (students select 18 hours/6 classes from):

 

SPAN 6301

Introduction to Spanish Language Acquisition Research

Varies**

SPAN 6302

Topics in Spanish Literature

 

SPAN 6303

Linguistic Structure of Spanish

 

SPAN 6304

Topics in Latin American Literature

 

SPAN 6305

Foundations for Contemporary Applied Spanish Language Acquisition

 

SPAN 6306

Canon and Teaching in U.S. Hispanic Literature

 

SPAN 6307

El Quijote and the Modern Novel

 

SPAN 6308

Topics in Hispanic Poetry

 

 

**Contact Dr. Nowak regarding semesters or summer sessions when Spanish courses will be offered

 

The MAT degree program requires completion of a minimum of 36 semester credit hours. For degree completion, at least 30 hours must be completed at University of Houston-Downtown with a grade point average of 3.0. In addition, students must successfully complete a directed studies project (MAT 6390) with approval of the MAT in Spanish mentor and under the supervision of an appointed faculty advisor. This master’s degree does not include initial Texas Teacher Certification.

The MAT degree program requires completion of a minimum of 36 semester credit hours. For degree completion, at least 30 hours must be completed at University of Houston-Downtown with a grade point average of 3.0. In addition, students must successfully complete a directed studies project (MAT 6390) with approval of the MAT in Spanish mentor and under the supervision of an appointed faculty advisor. This master’s degree does not include initial Texas Teacher Certification.

Scholarship Assistance

All UHD MAT students are encouraged to apply for the Gordon and Mary Cain Graduate Academic Merit Scholarship. This scholarship will pay for half the price of UHD MAT tuition/fees for a semester. Students can earn this scholarship more than once during the course of their MAT program. Application for scholarship


For More Information Contact

Bernardo Pohl, Ed.D.
Graduate Program Director
College of Public Service
pohlb@uhd.edu or 713-221-5051

William Nowak, Ph.D.
Coordinator for the MAT-SPAN
nowakw@uhd.edu or 713-221-8673

 

For Admissions Information Contact

Reubenjack Long, Coordinator, Graduate Admissions, longr@uhd.edu