Apr 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Shepherd University Catalog 
2023-2024 Shepherd University Catalog

4+1 BA Spanish to MAT and Teacher Certification

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Accelerated Pathway Candidates can apply for admission to the Accelerated MAT Pathway after the conclusion of their sophomore year.


Requirements for admission:
  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • Content GPA 3.0
  • Grade of C or Better in ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and COMM 202
  • Passing Scores on Praxis CORE or Documentation of Exemption
  • Endorsement from undergraduate academic advisor for following:
    • Ability to handle graduate level coursework concurrently with undergraduate courses.
    • Ability to manage complex schedule involving field placement.
    • Interpersonal abilities to work with teachers and public school students.


Accelerated Program Details:

Once admitted to the accelerated pathway, the student must maintain 3.0 GPA in all 5XX courses.

Upon graduation, the student would continue in the MAT program.


All Spanish teaching concentration coursework should be completed prior to the completion of the BA. Current Spanish teaching concentration requirements can be found at https://www.shepherd.edu/mat/.

A 4+1 registration form which requires both undergraduate and graduate advisor signatures is necessary for enrollment in graduate level classes prior to the undergraduate graduation. This form should be turned into the registrar to authorize course registration at the appropriate level and assign waivers to undergraduate requirements once the graduate course is satisfactorily completed.

A maximum of 12 credits may be taken at the graduate level prior to the undergraduate graduation.


Spanish to MAT 4+1 Suggested Course Sequence:   

Courses in Bold are specifically required for the accelerated pathway.

First Year

FYEX   ENGL 102 (Core)
ENGL 101 (Core)   History 1XX (Core)
Math (Core)   Lab Science (Core)
Lab Science (Core)   Choose AR with advisor (Core)
SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish   SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II

Second Year

ENGL 301 Intro to Lit Study   ENGL 310 British Literature to 1660
SPAN 301 Intermediate Spanish I   ENGL 372 Advanced Composition
ENGL 204 Survey of American Literature   SPAN Intermediate Spanish II
PSCI 101 American Federal Government SO-CK   ENGL 208 or 209 Survey of World Literature I or II
COMM 202 Foundations of Speech   ECON 123 Contemporary Economics (SO-CK)

Third Year

ENGL 312 American Literature to 1900   SPAN 302 Advanced Conversation and Composition II
ENGL 313 World Literature Elective   SPAN 305 Spanish for Business
SPAN 301 Advanced Conversation and Composition I   SPAN 307 Latin American Culture and Civilization
SPAN 306 Peninsular culture and Civilization   SPAN 411 Study Abroad 
EDUC 581 Foundations of Education (10 hour service learning project)   SPAN 4XX Level Spanish

Fourth Year

SPAN 3XX/4XX 300 or 400 level Spanish   SPAN 485 Capstone Presentation
SPAN 4XX 400 level Spanish Linguistics   SPAN 486 Spanish Education Capstone
ENGL 4XX Seminar in Literature   SPAN 3XX/4XX Spanish
GSPE 210 Fitness for Life (WE)   ENGL 4XX Seminar in Literature
EDUC 582 Learning in Context (20 hour field placement)   Core Choose SO
    EDUC 583 Planning, Conducting, Assessing (37 hour field placement)
Graduation with BA in Spanish    
EDUC 560 Survey of Exceptionalities (F/S/Smr)   EDUC 527 Inclusion Seminar (F/S/Smr)
EDUC 584 Classroom Ecology (Smr only)    
EDUC 585 Content MEthods (20 Hour field) (Fall only)   Student Teaching
EDUC 503 Literacy in the Content Area (50 hour field) (F/S)   Grad Elective EDUC 590 for support on the edTPA
EDUC 500 Technology in Teaching and Learning (F/S/Smr)   Graduate with MAT and apply for teaching certification


Additional Program Notes:

MAT teacher candidates are required to apply for retention review and student teaching by the posted deadline the semester prior to student teaching.

Passing language proficiency exams are required before November 1 or June 1 of the semester prior to student teaching.   WV accepts a combination of the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview and Written Proficiency Test scores at the ‘Advanced Low” rating OR Praxis Spanish content test #5195 with a score of 163.

MAT Candidates must pass the edTPA during the student teaching semester.  EDUC 590, Student Teaching Seminar, provides support for this requirement and is strongly recommended as the second graduate elective. Students who choose not to take it, must complete their second graduate elective PRIOR to student teaching.

The accelerated program requires that the candidate continues as a full time graduate student between undergraduate and graduate graduations.  In the event that an accelerated pathway candidate is hired by a school system as a long term substitute or on a provisional certificate, they will automatically revert to a traditional MAT program and a new plan of study will be generated with the academic advisor.


The Student Record:

Tuition assessment works off the student record so tuition is billed at the undergraduate rate prior to graduation with the BA regardless of the level of courses enrolled. Likewise, financial aid will be processed and paid based on the undergraduate student record until after the undergraduate graduation.

Graduate courses do not appear on the undergraduate level transcript and GPA is not calculated into the undergraduate transcript.

In the accelerated pathway, the undergraduate degree total may be less than 120 and an annotation is added to the undergraduate-level transcript to indicate that the ‘remaining credits/requirements were taken at the graduate level and appear on the graduate level transcript”.  Shepherd would then certify the undergraduate degree on less than 120 undergraduate credits assuming that all other requirements have been met for the undergraduate degree.

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