Buffalo State

Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Spanish Education (7-12; PTCP)

Postbaccalaureate Teacher Certification Program

Program Code: UG PBC-AH

Major Code: SPS

HEGIS 1105.01

Modern and Classical Languages Department

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Accredited

Michael Johnson, Chair

Mark K. Warford, Program Coordinator

Bishop Hall 122, (716) 878-5414


Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog.  Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

The Spanish education (7-12) postbaccalaureate teacher certification program leads to eligibility for a New York State initial certificate to teach Spanish in grades 7-12. This program is designed for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in Spanish or a related field from an accredited college or university and intend to complete the coursework required for New York State certification to teach Spanish in secondary or middle schools.

The program provides the background necessary for teachers to implement the New York State learning standards for Languages Other Than English (LOTE) 7-12. It also meets the standards set by national professional organizations, such as the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

After successfully completing the teacher certification program and passing required New York State teacher certification exams, students are eligible to apply for New York State certification through the Teacher Certification Office, Chase Hall 222. No degree or certificate is awarded by Buffalo State.

It takes approximately three to four semesters to complete certification requirements at Buffalo State College.

Students are responsible for any additional certification requirements, including the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), the Assessment of Teaching Skills written test for provisional/initial certification, and child abuse certification.

To student teach, a student must have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.75 in Spanish coursework and overall, and must have earned a minimum grade of C in FLE 405 and FLE 406. Also, the student must complete an ACTFL-Approved Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in order to demonstrate Advanced-Low Proficiency in Spanish. If Advanced-Low Proficiency is not achieved, an additional upper-level Spanish course, chosen in consultation with the student’s adviser, must be successfully completed.

Financial Assistance: For financial aid purposes, students are considered fifth-year undergraduates, eligible for undergraduate loans.

Admission Requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) and a major in Spanish language, literature, and culture (or a related discipline with a minimum of 36 credit hours in Spanish).*
  2. A minimum GPA of 2.75 in Spanish coursework and overall.
  3. Successful completion of two written essays (one in English, one in Spanish) administered by the department as part of the interview process.
  4. A personal interview with the program coordinator, department chair, or other designated official.

*Applicants who do not meet these admission requirements may take courses at Buffalo State to become eligible to apply to the program.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.

Program Requirements

Required Spanish Courses1

0-6 cr*

Select two courses from the following:

SPA 303

Introduction to Spanish Literature

SPA 305

Spanish Phonetics

SPA 306

The Civilization of Spain

SPA 307

Survey of Spanish Literature

SPA 308

Survey of Spanish Literature

SPA 309

The Civilization of Latin America

SPA 310

Survey of Spanish American Literature

SPA 311

Survey of Spanish American Literature

SPA 405

Old Spanish

SPA 415

Advanced Grammar and Composition

SPA 416

Advanced Conversation

SPA 421

Structure of Modern Spanish

SPA 495

Special Project

SPA 496

Seminar I

Professional Education Courses

24 cr

FLE 403

Foundations of Foreign and Second Language Education

EDU 416

Teaching Reading in Secondary Schools

EXE 372

Foundations of Teaching Secondary Students with Disabilities

FLE 240

Introduction to Linguistics

FLE 300

Introduction to Foreign Language Classrooms

FLE 340*

Second Language Acquisition and Literacy

FLE 401*

Teaching Foreign Language in Middle and High Schools

SPA 401

Spanish for Spanish Teaching



SPA 500

Linguistics and Pedagogy*

SPA 410

Literacy for Spanish Teachers



SPA 516

Literacy for Spanish Teaching*

Student Teaching Courses

12 cr

FLE 407

Student Teaching of Foreign Languages in the Middle/Junior High School (6)

FLE 408

Student Teaching of Foreign Languages in the High School (6)

Total Required Credit Hours

36-42 cr

*Students may take up to a combined 15 graduate-level credits in FLE and or Spanish. Candidates who opt for FLE 500 track (for FLE 401) and or FLE 540 track (for FLE 340) must successfully complete the corresponding supervised 35-hr. field component(s).

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History (M.A.)

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Industrial Technology (M.S.)

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Mathematics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

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Mathematics Education (7–12; 5–6 Extension; PTCP)

Multidisciplinary Studies (M.A. and M.S.)

Museum Studies (M.A.)

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Music Education (M.M.)

Physics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

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Professional Applied and Computational Mathematics (M.S.)

Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management (M.P.A.)

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Science Education (M.S.Ed.)

Social Studies Education (7-12; M.S.Ed.)

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Social Studies Education (7-12; 5-6 Extension; PTCP)

Spanish Education (7-12; PTCP)

Special Education

Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.Ed.)

Teaching Bilingual Exceptional Individuals

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Technology Education (M.S.Ed.)

Technology Education (PTCP)

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Course Descriptions

ACM - Applied & Computational Mathematics

ADE - Adult Education

AED - Art Education

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BUS - Business

BXE - Bilingual Exceptional Education

CHE - Chemistry

CIS - Computer Information Systems

CNS - Art Conservation

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - Creative Studies

CTE - Career and Technical Education

DAN - Dance

DED - Distributive Education

DES - Design

ECO - Economics

ECS - Elementary Education

EDL - Educational Leadership

EDU - Elementary Education

EDT - Educational Technology

ENG - English

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English as a Second Language

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

GEG - Geography

GES - Geology

GLC - Great Lakes Center

HEA - Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

INT - Industrial Technology

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MET - Mechanical Engineering Technology

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

OEC - Occupational Education

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSM - Professional Science and Mathematics

PSY - Psychology

SCI - Science

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

THA - Theater Arts

UED - Urban Education


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