The Lamar University Department of English and Modern Languages has announced a new master’s degree program in teaching Spanish. This graduate program is a collaborative effort between Lamar University and the University of Salamanca and will begin the spring 2015 semester. A formal signing ceremony to mark the collaboration is scheduled for Nov. 20 at 5:00 p.m. in the Dishman Art Museum.  Maria Soledad Martin and Maria del Carmen Mota Nunez will represent the University of Salamanca. Former senator David Bernsen will deliver the keynote address.

The master’s program leads to the Master of Arts for Teachers of Spanish (MAT), awarded by Lamar University. It also includes the distinctive certificates that are awarded by the University of Salamanca that acknowledge students’ summer sessions in residence in Spain where students will complete the Maìster Interuniversitario Hispano-Norteamericano en Lengua EspanÞola y Culturas Hispanas, awarded by the University of Salamanca. The University of Salamanca has a well-developed curriculum for foreign students who aspire to teach Spanish and its Cursos para profesores enjoy a high level of academic prestige around the world.

Students who might be interested in this kind of degree program include current K-12 Spanish teachers, students graduating with a degree in Spanish (or a related field) who are seeking to obtain a master’s degree and current or future community college and university adjunct faculty in Spanish.  This international course of study has been designed specifically for teachers of Spanish, providing graduate level course work in literature, art, and culture as well as teaching methodology. The program allows for professional development and career advancement by enabling participants to improve their language and their teaching skills as well as their knowledge of Spanish and Hispanic cultures. Its graduates will contribute to improving the teaching of Spanish in schools and fostering both deeper cultural awareness and improved language proficiency in their students.

For more information, contact Christine Bridges-Esser at (409) 880-8600 or online at