Master of Arts in Teaching - Concentration: Spanish

Distance Education

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MATCHG) with an emphasis in Spanish is intended to support Spanish language instructors in a variety of settings (e.g., middle schools, high schools, community colleges, community services and the private sector). Program participants take 18 hours of graduate Spanish coursework, and 15 hours of graduate Education classes. The MATCHG does NOT lead to professional licensure for teaching in public school systems. For information on obtaining professional licensure, please contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at (575) 646-4820.


The 33 hours required for the Master of Arts in Teaching degree can be completed in two years or less, either on-campus at New Mexico State University or through Distance Education. Course work is delivered off-campus through distance education technology and through Study Abroad classes. Participants in the program may choose to study on-campus only, uniquely through Distance Education, or select a mix of the two delivery methods.


(18 credits, either on-campus or on-line)
These courses are taught by professors in the Department of Languages & Linguistics, either on-campus or through Distance Education. The participants must take a minimum of two classes in Spanish linguistics and two classes in Spanish language literature; two classes are electives. Spanish courses will be selected in consultation with the Master of Arts in Teaching advisor in the Department of Languages and Linguistics.

(15 credits, either on-campus or on-line)
These courses are offered online throughout the academic year, and are also offered on-campus. These classes represent the required core for the MAT programs in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Required Education Courses:

  • EDUC 515 – Multicultural Education
  • EDUC 516 – Curriculum and Pedagogy I
  • EDUC 518 – Technology and Pedagogy
  • EDUC 519 – Research Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • EDUC 520 – Action Research Projects



  • A Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from an accredited College or University. (If you have questions about your degree, please contact Mr. Jeffrey Longwell Dept. of Languages & Linguistics
  • Undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Application Procedures:
Submit an application for admission, the corresponding fee and original college transcripts to:
Graduate Student Services
New Mexico State University
PO Box 30001, MSC 3G
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
Phone: (575) 646-5746

IMPORTANT: If you download the application form from Graduate Student Services, on the “Field of study” line please enter “Curriculum and Instruction, MATCHG”; if you complete the electronic form, under “Planned Degree and Major”, please select “Master of Arts in Teaching”.


(subject to change)

  • $ 30.00 fee for admission to NMSU Graduate School.
  • $ 276.00 per credit hour for graduate instruction (there is a $35 per credit hour additional fee for Distance Education courses).
  • Books and web site access fees (vary by course).
  • Travel and per diem for face to face meetings and Study Abroad programs.


For more information check with the following Program Coordinators:

Dr. David Rutledge
Graduate Programs
School of Teacher Preparation, Administration and Leadership
(575) 646-5411

Mr. Jeffrey Longwell
Dept. of Languages & Linguistics
(575) 646-2726