Earn your online Spanish MATL degree with Southern Miss!
Discover the world of language with a Masters of Arts in the Teaching of Languages (Spanish) from the University of Southern Mississippi. Our online Spanish MATL degree program is offered fully online and is one of the largest programs of its kind in the United States addressing language teachers’ needs. The focus of the MATL (Spanish) is developing and enhancing knowledge, skills, and theories in language, language acquisition, and language instruction, factors essential for effective teaching and successful learning.
This convenient and affordable online Spanish MATL degree from Southern Miss brings together foreign language teachers and teachers-to-be from all parts of the United States and abroad. Our large variety of courses are aimed to meet the multi-faceted needs of today’s language teachers. This is your life, plus college.
Your future starts at Southern Miss!
Check out some of the jobs our graduates landed after earning this degree:
- College Spanish Instructor
- Private Corporate Spanish Instructor
- Language Institute Coordinator
- Private School Spanish Teacher
- Spanish Secondary Teacher (certification needed)
- FLES Teacher/Spanish Elementary Teacher (certification needed)
General Program Academic Requirements
All students are expected to complete the following requirements:
- A total of thirty-three (33) hours of graduate-level courses, including eighteen (18) hours in courses numbered 600 or above. A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation.
- FL 561, FL 663, FL 664, and FL 665
- A practicum tailored to the teaching experience of each student (FL 694)
- For students in the TESOL emphasis, a minimum of nine (9) hours of courses with a TSL prefix, including the required TSL 612
- For students in the Spanish or French emphasis areas, a minimum of fifteen (15) hours of graduate-level courses in the specific language
- A language proficiency requirement, as determined by departmental policy, within the specific emphasis area. In addition, students in the TESOL emphasis whose first language is English must also meet a foreign language requirement by completing nine (9) hours of undergraduate conversational foreign language study (i.e., through USM 201 level) or equivalent with an average of “B” or better.
- Comprehensive examination which consists of a successful defense of a portfolio
All students are required to prepare an individualized Program Plan with an adviser.
Please note that the above information is meant to be a guide and is not official. For further information regarding courses for this degree, see the University Bulletin. Please be aware that not all course choices listed in the University Bulletin are available online. However, sufficient online options are available to complete this degree.
Frequently Asked Questions
Additional course fees may apply to the online Spanish MATL degree. Fees range between $20 – $60.
Yes, you can complete the online Spanish MATL degree program entirely online. It will take approximately 5-6 semesters to do so. We offer courses in the fall, spring, and summer online. In order to speed up your progress in our program there are study abroad options in French and Spanish as well as in-class options should you be able to come to campus.
The online Spanish MATL degree program is designed for students who work and want to go to school part-time. We offer at least two courses a semester (fall, spring, and summer), with the goal of each student graduating in two years.
Students may take up to 9 hours of non-degree work with the department chair’s approval. Students will be approved for this option if there are strong indications the student can do well in the courses. Taking courses as a non-degree student does not guarantee admission to the program. Currently we are only considering non-degree enrollment in French and TESOL.
Yes, all students who apply to the MATL program must take the Graduate Record Examination and submit the general section scores in verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing. We do not accept GRE scores that are more than 5 years old. In general, your grade point average from your undergraduate studies, along with letters of recommendation and your statement of purpose serve as the best indicators of success in our online Spanish MATL degree program.
- Fall – August 1st
- Spring – November 1st
- Summer – April 1st
You must first qualify for language study at the graduate level in Spanish or French. If you do not have a Bachelor’s degree in French or Spanish or its equivalent (generally 10 courses are required beyond the beginning levels of language study), then you may qualify for graduate level work by taking the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview and scoring in the Advanced range. Your OPI scores must be sent to the department before beginning the program. Past study abroad course work is also applicable.
You may qualify to do the online Spanish MATL degree program by taking the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview and scoring in the Advanced range. Your scores must be sent to the department before beginning the program. Study abroad course work is also applicable. Faculty will also review your Statement of Purpose which must be written in the target language to further evaluate your readiness for graduate level course work.
Yes, you may transfer up to 6 hours of appropriate graduate level course work into our online Spanish MATL degree program. Coursework from a completed degree cannot be transferred, however.
Please review the Application Guidelines under the Graduate Program on the departmental website for more information on how to apply to the program.
The graduate online Spanish MATL degree is very different from traditional face-to-face course work. There will be required chats and discussion groups in the target language that will allow you to be part of an online second language community. But this type of participation also requires more self-discipline and personal motivation. You may have to make more effort to connect with instructors and fellow graduate students. Keep in mind that graduate school requires a lot more reading and writing, and this is especially true in an online environment. Students should expect to spend a significant amount of time weekly studying, attending online class meetings, and completing projects.
It is recommended that you have a fairly new computer and a high-speed Internet connection. For certain chat group sessions you will need to purchase a headset with a built-in microphone.
Yes, as long as you qualify for the languages in which you would like the dual emphases. A dual-emphasis degree is 45 hours. Please see the Graduate Student Handbook for more information.
All international students must follow the same application procedures as everyone else. In addition they must take the IELTS or TOEFL to qualify for the program. Please see more information about International student enrollment in the Application Guidelines under the Graduate Program on the departmental Web site.
Yes, most courses have a chat component in the fall and spring semesters. You would need to be available to chat during those times. Times are listed on our department’s Web site under Course Offerings. Teachers can work with you to make up missed chats, if necessary, but keep in mind that chat is included as part of your grade and is considered important for increasing interaction with your classmates and professors. Chat usually occurs once a week and lasts about an hour. It occurs either in late afternoon or early evening making it convenient to working teachers.
Ask professionals (e.g., professors, supervisors) who know your academic and/or professional work to write letters of recommendation for you. Letters of recommendation from former professors and other credentialed academics carry more weight.
If yes, visit online.usm.edu/military for more information on how Southern Miss can serve you and your needs. We will help you with funding and scholarship information, admissions and course enrollment.
Other classes that aren’t listed may count towards your degree once your transcript has been evaluated and posted.
No, online students pay resident tuition.
Please visit our programs page here: https://online.usm.edu/programs/
The materials listed below are reviewed in the admission process.
Application Deadlines: November 1, April 1, and August 1
All applicants must submit the following before final acceptance into the MATL program
1. Official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). For information on the GRE, go to http://www.gre.org. You can also call 1-800-473-2255 to schedule an appointment for the test.
2. Official transcripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate studies. Successful applicants in the past have had undergraduate grade point averages over the last two years of undergraduate study that range from 3.0 to 4.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students who obtain “regular admission” typically have a GPA of 3.0 or better. Conditional admission may be considered for applicants whose undergraduate grade point average and/or test scores do not meet the admissions standard but who show promise for success in graduate studies. The requirements for a change to regular admission will be stated at the time of acceptance into the program.
3. A Statement of Purpose written in the language you will be pursuing (English, French or Spanish). Please write a 300-500 word statement indicating your career and professional goals and explaining why you want to pursue graduate study in language teaching. You might mention particular interests, academic accomplishments, travel abroad, teaching experience or other relevant preparation.
4. Non-native applicants to the French and Spanish emphases should have an undergraduate degree in the language or present evidence of equivalent language experience (30 hours in the language). Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in the language will be required to either complete more coursework before being allowed to take language emphasis courses or take the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview and score in the Advanced range. A copy of the test score must be sent to the MATL coordinator. In cases where an applicant does not have an adequate background in the emphasis language, conditional admission may be granted with undergraduate language requirements and/or the ACTFL OPI set for full admission; such graduate students can begin MATL core courses while completing the prerequisites. This information pertains to heritage language speakers but not to international students whose native language is Spanish or French. Please see the Graduate Student Handbook for more information.
5. For international students whose native language is not English, official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required. Successful applicants will have an Internet-based test a score of 83 with no section lower than 19. Information on the TOEFL is available at http://www.toefl.org. The department will also accept an IELTS score of a 6.5 with no sub-test score below a 6. Please see the Graduate Student Handbook for more information.
For more information on non-US applicants see the information below. International students need to apply through the International Admissions Office (see below).
6. Three (3) letters of recommendation are required by professionals in the field who are able to comment on the student’s preparation to engage in graduate studies.
7. For all applicants from the United States to begin the admissions process you must go to Graduate Admissions at https://www.usm.edu/graduate-school/apply-graduate-school
APPLICATION GUIDELINES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Application Information and Forms
Please carefully read the application guidelines above. All international applicants must submit the following before final acceptance into the MATL program:
- Official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
- Official transcripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate studies.
- A Statement of Purpose.
- Official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS
- A minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation.
For all international student applicants to begin the process you must go to:
International Student Admissions
Address: International Student Affairs Office
The University of Southern Mississippi
Post Office Box 5151
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5151
Phone number: 601-266-4841
Fax number: 601-266-5839