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Majors & Minors

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES

B.A. in Spanish Language, Hispanic Literature and Culture
The Spanish Language, Hispanic Literature and Culture (SLC) degree gives both technical mastery of the Spanish language and a broad knowledge of Hispanic literature and culture, especially literature, history and culture. With some additional courses in Teacher Education, the major earns a provisional certification in the teaching of Spanish, grades Pre-K - 12.

B.S. in Middle Childhood Education (5-9) - Spanish
B.S. in Adolescence Education (7-12) - Spanish

Students planning careers as secondary school Spanish teachers can pursue certification by taking a program of chemistry and education courses. Students interested in teaching should contact the School of Education for further information.

Undergraduate Minors

Global Studies: Offered in cooperation with the Politics, Economics and Law Department, the Global Studies minor includes an option that recognizes the importance of foreign language study.  This option (ML/PEL) requires two years of course work in a foreign language: one year as part of General Education, the second year within the minor.


GRADUATE DEGREES

To prepare teachers for careers in middle and high school education, SUNY College at Old Westbury offers two degree opportunities in Adolescence Education: Spanish (7-12):

  • The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) for aspiring teachers and career-changers seeking to advance their careers.
  • The Master of Science (M.S.) for college graduates holding an undergraduate degree in education.

Click here to download a Fact Sheet on the M.A.T. and M.S. degrees.

Curriculum Outlines

M.A.T  in Adolescence Education: Spanish (7-12) -- 42 credits

Pedagogy Courses:  24 credits 
ED6000 Historical, Social, and Philos. Foundations of Ed.  3 credits
ED6001 Human Growth and Development                       3 credits
ED6002 Foundations of Literacy                                   3 credits
ED6003 The Exceptional Learner                                  3 credits
ED6086 Discipline Specific Methodology [Spanish]           3 credits
ED6096 Discipline Specific Literacy, Research, & Tech.    3 credits
ED6904 Student Teaching [Spanish]                             6 credits

Spanish Courses:  18 credits 
ML6510 Structure of Spanish                                      3 credits
ML6520 Masterpieces of Hispanic Literature                   3 credits
ML6530 Cervantes and the Golden Age                         3 credits
ML6540 Points of Contact: U.S. and Latin America          3 credits
Topics in Peninsular and Latin American Art, Literature, and Culture [offered in rotation; one course required]                      3 credits
ML6810 Topics in Peninsular and Latin American Art
ML6820 Topics in Spanish and Latin American Cinema
ML6830 Topics in Caribbean Anti-Slavery Narrative
ML6840 Topics in Pre-Columbian Cultures and Literature 
ML7500 Culture and Literature for Classroom Instruction   3 credits

M.S. in Adolescence Education: Spanish (7-12) -- 36 credits

Common Pedagogy Courses:  9 Credits 
ED7001 Human Growth and Development                       3 credits
ED7002 Foundations of Literacy                                   3 credits
ED7003 The Exceptional Learner                                   3 credits

Spanish Courses:  15 credits 
ML6510 Structure of Spanish                                       3 credits
ML6520 Masterpieces of Hispanic Literature                    3 credits
ML6530 Cervantes and the Golden Age                          3 credits
ML6540 Points of Contact: U.S. and Latin America           3 credits
Topics in Peninsular and Latin American Art, Literature, and Culture          
[offered in rotation; one course required]                      3 credits
ML6810 Topics in Peninsular and Latin American Art
ML6820 Topics in Spanish and Latin American Cinema
ML6830 Topics in Caribbean Anti-Slavery Narrative
ML6840 Topics in Pre-Columbian Cultures and Literature   3 credits

Linked Pedagogy and Content:  12 credits 
ED7086 Discipline Specific Methodology [Spanish]           3 credits
ED 7096 Discipline Specific Literacy, Research and Tech. 3 credits
ED 7700 Methods of Research in Educational Settings     3 credits
ED 7800 Thesis Research in Educational Settings            3 credits 

Graduate Admissions Requirements

Requirement specific to M.A.T.  applicants:

  • Submission of GRE scores (Graduate Record Examination).

Requirement specific to M.S. applicants:

  • Initial or provisional certification in Adolescence Education: Spanish.
  • Submission of scores on the CST (Content Specialty Test) and GRE (Graduate Record Examination).
  • An undergraduate General Education program that includes English and a foreign language.An undergraduate General Education program that includes English and a foreign language.Initial or provisional certification in Adolescence Education: Spanish.

Requirements for all applicants:

  • B.A. in Spanish or a B.A./B.S. degree with at least 30 credits in Spanish starting at the intermediate level. (Candidates with 30 credits in Spanish must have an interview in Spanish and provide a writing sample in Spanish.). Undergraduate course in Spanish Linguistics required. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (or the equivalent) at the undergraduate level.

    Fluency in Spanish language, grammar, and conversation.

    ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) with minimum score of Advanced Low. [Candidates must submit ACTFL OPI
    scores along with the admission application.]

    Two letters of recommendation, one from an academic source.

    International students must meet additional criteria, including the following: TOEFL scores: paper exam = 550; computer exam= 213; Internet exam= 80. Students taking the IELTS English (Cambridge) exams must pass with a broad band score of 6.5. Students must also have their overseas documents evaluated by AACRAO International or WES (World Education Services).  TOEFL or IELTS scores are waived if applicant has taken English Composition I at a U.S. college or university and has earned a grade of "C" or higher.

Further Information
For further information and application materials, please contact:

Graduate Admissions Advisor
Office of Enrollment Services
Ph:  516-876-3073
E-mail:  enroll@oldwestbury.edu

All application material should be sent to:

Graduate Admissions
Office of Enrollment Services
SUNY College at Old Westbury
P.O. Box 307
Old Westbury, NY 11568-0307

 


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Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics, Jong Pil Lee, was awarded a 2005 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring during ceremonies held at The White House.

35 Old Westbury students gave up their traditional Spring Break rituals in 2006 and instead volunteered their time and effort in New Orleans to aid recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Women's volleyball coach, Marjahna Vickers, was named the 2005-06 College Female Coach of the Year by the Nassau County Sports Commission after leading the Lady Panthers to 21 wins and the most successful season in the program's history.

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