M.A.T. in Spanish


Change Your World with a Masters of Arts in SPANISH Online Degree


Rutgers University's online M.A.T. in Spanish is a program that can be completed totally online or in a combination of course platforms – online, hybrid, on-campus, and/or summer study abroad in Spain and Peru.  Such offerings allow flexibility in course planning, life demands, personal preference, and program completion timeframe. Online, on-campus, and hybrid courses are offered year-round, including during Summer Session by the department, as well as through The Language Center's World Languages Institute (WLI) program.


Who Is Eligible for Admission?

An applicant may be admitted to the M.A.T. program based primarily on prior academic and professional performance. The GRE is not required for admission.The Master of Arts for Teachers (M.A.T.) in Spanish is a program designed for an individual who holds:

1)  a standard license to teach Spanish  OR  2) a certificate of eligibility (or equivalent) to teach Spanish while working toward licensure

Learn more about Application Requirements & Deadlines



A student must complete a total of 30 credits: 27 credits of course work and the 3 remaining credits dedicated to the development of an individual teaching portfolio based upon course work and work experiences/needs. There is no comprehensive examination. The courses should normally be distributed over the following areas:


  • 9 credits in core courses offered by the WLI (program code 617)
    Methods of Foreign Language Teaching (K-12)
    Theories of Second Language Acquisition and Learning
    Technology in the World Language Class (K-12)
    Assessment in the World

  • At least 15 credits in Spanish (program code 940) 
    language & linguistics
    literature/culture OR  civilization courses specifically tailored to the program*

  • 3 credits in an elective
    Course can be another core or Spanish course, or one taught in a different graduate program at Rutgers*

  • 3 credits of Independent Study (617:599) 
    Teaching Portfolio

 *Before enrolling each term, students must have their course choices reviewed and approved by the Graduate Director.

M.A.T. for Teachers- Learning Goals and Assessment


What is a Teaching Portfolio? 

Each student will prepare a teaching portfolio, a 3 credit individual project that is to be completed and presented to a two-person committee during the year following the completion of the twenty-seven credits of course work. The student will select a portfolio director, specifically a professor with whom the student has taken courses at Rutgers, and in consultation with that director, choose another of the student’s professors or a pedagogy expert associated with the WLI core program, in order to form a two-person portfolio committee. The portfolio may be presented in person or via appropriate electronic means acceptable to all parties.

Visit the SpanPort Portfolio page 


Benefits of Studying Abroad

Each student is encouraged but not required to participate in a study abroad program approved by the Graduate Director, in which graduate credits can be earned. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers summer study abroad programs in Spain and Peru . If the study abroad program is not offered through Rutgers, a student may transfer such credits earned elsewhere as a part of the Graduate School policy to accept up to 12 graduate transfer credits and apply them toward the total.


is the M.A.T. a terminal degree? 

Yes, the M.A.T. in Spanish is a terminal degree. That is, any student who wishes to seek admission to either the Spanish Ph.D. program or the M.A. Option in Translation after having completed the M.A.T. must apply to the appropriate program through the normal application process.


alternate route program

Not a teacher, but want a Masters in Teaching? Try the Alternate Route Program, a non-traditional teacher prep program for individuals wishing to teach but did not pursue a formal teaching certificate at an accredited college or university.For more information on the Alternate Route program, please contact:
Heather Ngoma
The Center for Effective School Practice – GSE
80 Cottontail Lane, Suite 410
Somerset, NJ 08873
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Contact Us

If you have specific inquiries regarding the M.A.T. program, please contact:
Professor Tom Stephens, M.A.T. Program Coordinator
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If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call:
Rosy Ruiz, Graduate Program Coordinator
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Telephone: (848) 932.6811

Upcoming Events

27 Mar 2019;
08:00PM - 09:00PM
Solo En Español
03 Apr 2019;
08:00PM - 09:00PM
Solo En Español
10 Apr 2019;
05:00PM - 07:00PM
Lecture Series: "Por una literatura inestable"


Study Abroad

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