BA in Spanish/Master's in Secondary Education

Put your language abilities to use to inspire and develop a future of multilingual learners. Schools are facing an unprecedented shortage of world language teachers in bilingual programs and foreign language secondary classrooms. Now is the time to pursue a career in language teaching! The combined BA/M.Ed. program offers GW undergraduate students the exciting opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a Master’s degree in Education within 5 years. Undergraduate Spanish majors follow a seamless pathway to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to teach following graduation. The BA degree in Spanish provides the content area preparation, and the M.Ed. Secondary Education provides training and development in pedagogy and leads to teacher licensure in DC public schools for foreign language classrooms in grades K-12. Eligible students begin earning graduate credits in education during their senior year of college and are prepared as licensed teachers within one year of completing their BA. Plus, GW graduates will save 10% on all graduate courses during their final year of the BA/M.Ed. program and will have the graduate admissions fee waived.


As Seniors, students complete requirements for their BA in Spanish & Latin American Languages, Literatures, & Cultures. They also take 2 graduate courses (6 credits) in foundations of education. These courses count as requirements for their BA and M.Ed. CPED 6608 Development and Diversity (Fall, Senior Year, 3 graduate credits) CPED 6606 Theories of Learning and Development (Spring, Senior Year, 3 graduate credits) During their fifth year, B.A./M.Ed. students enroll in an intensive program of study for the M.Ed. During each semester, they will engage directly with youth in the DC Metro area. The following is a suggested sequence of courses: CPED 6340: Teacher Leadership in Education; CPED 6507: Instructional Models and Classroom Management (Summer, Fifth year, 6 graduate credits) EDUC 6112: Foundations of Assessment, Testing, and Measurement in Education; CPED 6551: Second Language Instructional Methods (Fall, Fifth year, 9 graduate credits) CPED 6627: Teaching Second Language Reading & Writing; CPED 6532: Professional Internship in Elementary or Secondary Schools (Spring, Fifth year, 9 graduate credits)


Students first declare a major in Spanish. It is recommended that students do this at the end of their Sophomore year. Students then apply for admission to the combined BA/M.Ed. program during their Junior year. At the point of entry, students submit one completed graduate application for admission to the M.Ed, following the requirement guidelines of the M.Ed. and the Combined Program Application form. Applicants will indicate they are applying for admission to the M.Ed. degree program. The field of study is Secondary Education and the concentration within the field is Foreign Language. Students are required to submit a completed content area preparation form as part of their application for admission. The application fee is waived for GW students. For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions FAQ page.

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Dr. Lottie Baker presented a talk at the International Symposium for Languages for Specific Purposes (ISLSP) & CIBER Business Language Conference, held in Charlotte, NC, March 5-7.

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