Spanish and Adolescence Education (BA/MST)

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Want to Be a High School Spanish Teacher?

Spanish is spoken by millions of people around the world and in the United States. Share your love of the Spanish language while preparing the next generation for success in a multi-lingual, increasingly diverse world!

Why Study Spanish and Adolescence Education at Iona?

In just five years — instead of the six it would typically take — you’ll earn a BA in Spanish, an MST in Adolescence Education, as well as your New York State Initial teaching certification.

Our program will provide you with a solid foundation and fluency in the Spanish language and culture. You will be exposed to ideas, beliefs, and writings that will promote your intellectual, cultural, and moral development.

You will learn from dedicated faculty who have first-hand experience as teachers, principals, and school superintendents. They will become your mentors, field placement supervisors, career advisers, and advocates as they help you move successfully from our campus to a classroom of your own.

You will be on a timely path to teaching with field placement opportunities within your first two years.

What You'll Learn

You’ll master the Spanish language and learn how to share your passion and fluency with others. You will immerse in the Hispanic culture – diving into art, architecture, literature, theater, film and much more.

You will gain an understanding of how students learn, and you will develop the skills and experience to teach students in grades 7-12 in diverse settings. Through creative exploration you will learn effective ways to share your knowledge with students in the classroom.

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Program Highlights

Graduate Classroom-Ready

During your MST coursework in the final year of the program, you’ll gain real experience through a student teaching placement. You’ll also earn your New York State Initial teaching certification so you’re ready to lead your own classroom immediately.

Iona College is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Our programs are working toward accreditation under the AAQEP standards.

Cultural Community

Whether it’s through trips to Spanish language theaters, participation in foreign language societies on campus, or community service opportunities, you will find a community where you can share your love of language.

Accessible & Supportive Faculty

Our instructors are committed to your academic and professional success. They use their experiences, networks, and research expertise to provide research-grounded and field-based instructional experiences. You are not simply earning a degree; you are being prepared to be 21st century educators.

Careers & Outcomes

The BS/MST degree is designed to launch you right into a career in secondary education! Your BA in Spanish provides you with the fluency and cultural appreciation needed for a success in a multi-lingual world, should you want to explore your options!

Our Education graduates have found placements with:

  • New York City Department of Education
  • Mount Vernon City School District
  • Bedford Central School District
  • Huntington (NY) Public Schools
  • Bronxville Union Free School District

Application Requirements

Students with sophomore standing and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher may apply for dual degree programs.