Spanish-Master of Arts in Education

The Department of Foreign Languages offers an excellent option to students who would like to pursue a Master of Arts in Spanish Education degree online. The ideal student already teaches Spanish or has graduated with a degree in Spanish. The department offers two online tracks to build upon a solid foundation in the language: traditional track or Alternative A track for a Master of Arts degree in Spanish Education.

Our graduate students are taught by outstanding teachers and scholars. The Department of Foreign Languages boasts dedicated faculty members and mentors, many with awards for their teaching, research, and mentoring. We are a department of active scholars and gifted teachers with diverse research backgrounds within the areas of Latin American and Peninsular literature, as well as linguistics. Our mission is to prepare our graduate students for the challenges of teaching Spanish at the secondary level.

The program is competitively priced for the region and provides an ideal online environment for students who want the challenge of a large university with the personal attention of a small liberal arts college. UNA is a diverse, regional university in Florence, Alabama, with excellent resources and a supportive faculty members. 

We are proud of our Spanish students. As students, they are active in our discipline, routinely participating in Study Abroad, presenting their research at conferences, and teaching Spanish in schools in a variety of states and countries.

We hope you will join this exclusive group through pursuit of graduate study at the University of North Alabama.



Among the required coursework, the following graduate Spanish classes are offered in an online format for the convenience of our students:

This course studies Spanish literature from its origins in the 9 Century with the jarchas through the Siglo de Oro and into Romanticism. It will acquaint students with the major literary, intellectual and historical trends through the study of representative works from each period. In addition, this course focuses on literary analysis and critical study of Spanish literature through focused research of primary and secondary sources. This course is conducted entirely in Spanish.
This course studies Spanish literature from Romanticism to present-day, emphasizing the Generación del ‘98 and literature of the Spanish Civil War. It will acquaint students with the major literary, intellectual and historical trends through the study of representative works from each period. In addition, this course focuses on literary analysis and critical study of Spanish literature through focused research of primary and secondary sources. This course is conducted entirely in Spanish.
This course studies Latin American literature from its pre-Columbian origins to Moderaismo. It will acquaint students with the major literary, intellectual and historical trends through the study of representative works from each period. In addition, this course focuses on literary analysis and critical study of Spanish literature through focused research of primary and secondary sources. This course is conducted entirely in Spanish.
This course studies Latin American literature from Modernismo to present-day, with special focus on the Vanguardia and the Boom. It will acquaint students with the major literary, intellectual and historical trends through the study of representative works from each period. In addition, this course focuses on literary analysis and critical study of Spanish literature through focused research of primary and secondary sources. This course is conducted entirely in Spanish.
This course focuses on the development of picaresque narrative and on broader issues of narrative theory and criticism, including the question of “the modern novel.” The primary texts are the anonymous Lazarillo de Tormes, Mateo Alemán’s Guzmán de Alfarache, Francisco de Quevedo’s La vida del buscon, and Jerónimo de Salas Barbadillo’s La hija de Celestina. Readings will be accompanied by an examination of critical studies and of relevant theoretical matters.
This seminar explores the Spanish realist novel through the reading of texts by authors including Leopoldo Alas “Clarin,” Benito Perez Galdos, and Emilia Pardo Bazán, among others. It is a study of the poetics of the Spanish realist novel as well as the social, historical, and cultural background of the period. Some of the topics to be discussed will be: the problematic of representation, the obsession with the fabrication of people, the politics of gender and sex, the relation of the novel with other art forms and media, the historical conditions of existence of the realist novel, and the social function of literature, its actual or intended performative value.

The course is designed to explore the nature of modernismo, as represented by the poetry of Ruben Dario, and the view of women that it engendered, reinforced, and/or disseminated. It further seeks to examine the way three important female writers, Delmira Agustini, Alfonsina Storni, and Gabriela Mistral, appropriated and redefined modernista discourse, the vision of artistic creation, and the image of woman.

This course is a study on the literary phenomenon of the 1960s in Latin America known as “The Boom.” The primary focus of this course is on several key authors from the period, including Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Julio Cortázar, Carlos Fuentes, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Mario Vargas Llosa, among others. This course will examine the social, historical, and cultural events surrounding the emergence of the Boom novels onto the international scene, as well as critical response to the authors and their works and the literary impact of the Boom novels on Latin American narrative.

This course is a comprehensive seminar for graduate students of Spanish Education which emphasizes the understanding and application of linguistics concepts and Spanish structures, as well as second language acquisition (SLA) theories and their applications in language education.