Modern Languages Master of Arts -- Second Language Acquisition with Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning


The Department of Modern Languages offers an M.A. program in Second Language Acquisition with a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in French, German, and Spanish, specifically designed to prepare candidates to seek Kansas K-12 licensure. Please check our Graduate Studies page for application information, and contact our Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Claire Dehon (dehoncl@k-state.edu) if you have any questions about our M.A. in Second Language Acquisition with Certificate.


General Description

Students may pursue the M.A. program in Second Language Acquisition with a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in French, German, and Spanish. As part of this program, students complete coursework in linguistics, applied linguistics, pedagogy, language, culture, and literature. In addition to the graduate coursework in the Department of Modern Languages, students complete a sequence of coursework in the College of Education in order to apply for State of Kansas K-12 licensure. Consequently, students who wish to pursue a Master’s degree in Second Language Acquisition with a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning work with advisors in both the Department of Modern Languages and the College of Education prior to applying. Please refer to the Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, Student Handbook for further information regarding the education requirements for this degree.The program is designed to strengthen language skills and cultural awareness, develop knowledge of second language learning theories and pedagogical approaches, narrow the traditional gap in graduate study between the methods of teaching and the content areas of literature and culture, promote individual inquiry in the student’s field of interest, develop awareness of professional standards, and pursue licensure in the State of Kansas for K-12 language instruction.

Program of study for the Master’s degree in Second Language Acquisition with Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning needs to be approved by the student's committee in Modern Languages and Dr. Amanda Morales, Graduate Program Advisor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.

In the Second Language Acquisition with Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning option, students complete 18 graduate hours in Modern Languages and 20 in the College of Education as described below.


Course Requirements

Classes in Modern Languages (18 hours) Classes in Education (20 hours) 
  • MLANG 710 Intro to FL Pedagogy (3)        
  • MLANG 770 Intro to 2nd Lang Acquisition (3)
  • 2 language-specific courses (6 hours):
    • French: FREN 742 (Cult/Lit in 2nd Lang. Learning) and 719 (Advanced Spoken and Written French)
    • German: GRMN 740 (Cult/Lit in 2nd Lang. Learning) and 731 (Advanced Spoken and Written German)
    • Spanish: SPAN 670 (Spanish Applied Linguistics) and 777 (Cult/Lit in 2nd Lang. Learning)
  • Two 700-level literature courses (6)  
  • FSHS 506 Middle Childhood & Adolescence (3)
  • EDSEP 525 Interpersonal Relations (1)
  • EDEL 620 FL Methods for Elementary Schools (3)
  • EDSP 710 Education of Exceptional Individuals (3)
  • EDCI 786 Top/Methods of Tchg Content/Reading (2)
  • EDCI 886 History of American Education (3)
  • EDCI 991 Internship, taken with EDEL 620 (1)
  • EDCI 991 Internship (Field Experience/Teaching) (4)

For more information about Education courses, please contact Dr. Amanda Morales, morales@k-state.edu.

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