Spanish MAT

Teaching Spanish (M.A.T.)

Welcome to the Rutgers-Camden Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish program. Our program prepares students to meet the demands for language education driven by exciting demographic trends in our region, alongside the mandated requirements in New Jersey schools. Through our comprehensive curriculum and dedicated faculty, you will acquire the essential skills to become a successful and impactful Spanish teacher in K-12 schools and two-year colleges.


The Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish is intended for those interested in pursuing a career in K-12 education or teaching at the community college level. The program provides practical training in Spanish for teachers working in a bilingual setting and is ranked in the top ten among similar programs in the field.

Our M.A.T. offers fluent Spanish speakers, hailing from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds, a comprehensive understanding of the methodologies and expectations commonly found in U.S. classrooms. Additionally, the M.A.T. is well-suited for Anglophone students aiming to enhance their fluency in Spanish. Graduates will combine advanced language abilities with intensive training in pedagogical methods and a keen sensibility to the special needs of their academic and cultural communities.

The program offers three tracks:

 Track 1

MAT for already Certified Teachers of Spanish (30 credits)

 Track 2

MAT for students pursuing Teacher Certification without 30 content credits in Spanish (45 credits)

Track 3

MAT for students pursuing Teacher Certification with 30 undergraduate credits in Spanish (30 credits)

The distinctive combination of pedagogical training, linguistic competence, and cultural awareness sets our program apart from others offered in nearby institutions. This comprehensive approach, coupled with the program’s immersive Spanish-language instruction, equips our graduates to excel in diverse educational environments and make a positive impact as Spanish-language educators.

Program Overview



DEGREEMaster of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
Accelerated option available
CREDITSTracks 1 and 3, 30 credits | Track 2, 45 credits
FORMATFull-time or part-time, on-campus
DURATION4-6 semesters
FUNDINGUniversity and Graduate School Funding Available (Partial Funding Only)

Program in Action

The Rutgers Board of Governors approved the new Department of Education and Teacher Preparation, overseeing education programs at Graduate School–Camden.

Ana Laguna, professor and MAT Spanish Faculty, taught A Taste for Culture, an immersive program exploring a nation’s identity through cuisine, including travel to Spain.

Helena Cabezas, MAT-Spanish student, reached Fulbright U.S. Student Program semifinals, a prestigious opportunity for exceptional college students to study abroad.

Admissions Requirements



TRANSCRIPTS Official transcripts showing a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (an undergraduate B.A. in a foreign language is not mandatory for M.A.T. study)
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION At least two letters of recommendation, preferably from academic references 
PERSONAL STATEMENT Personal statement (maximum two pages) about academic interests and career goals 

Application Deadlines

Preference is given to those submitted before the deadline for both decisions and funding opportunities. Applications received after the deadlines will be considered based on available space and budgetary constraints.




Reach Out to Us

Let’s begin a conversation about your academic and professional goals. If you have questions regarding the curriculum, faculty, admission criteria, or committee, please feel free to contact the Graduate Program Director. For administrative inquiries concerning the application process, campus, tuition, and fees, reach out to the Graduate School. We are dedicated to assisting you from application to graduation day.,


Dr. Próspero N. García

Graduate Director


Erick E. Watt-Udogu

Assistant Dean, Graduate School-Camden
(856) 225-6149

Take the Next Step.

We invite you to explore the boundless opportunities that await you here, where a world-class faculty, diverse community, and innovative curriculum converge to nurture your intellect and foster your professional growth. Your future starts with a simple yet significant act – learning more about the exceptional programs we offer. So, why wait? Start your application journey with us, and together, we’ll unlock a future filled with possibilities and endless success.