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Start a New Career! Earn a Master’s Degree in Spanish at C.W. Post


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University

Rita JohnsonFor more than 15 years, Rita Johnson worked in the field of information technology until she was laid off from her position at a major financial institution. Undeterred, she quickly transitioned her skills from the business world to the classroom, thanks to a Master of Science degree from the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University.

“As the mother of a young son, I had always considered becoming a teacher,” Johnson said, “but it was never the right time.” After losing her job, however, she seized the opportunity to enroll in the M.S. program in Spanish education at the C.W. Post Campus in Brookville. Johnson will begin student-teaching at a local high school in September, and is set to graduate in January 2012.

“I'm prepared to teach,” she said. “My professors have been great role models and have offered me valuable guidance and feedback. I want to inspire my students the way they inspired me.”

The advanced study of foreign languages is a field with growth potential. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for interpreters, translators and language teachers will increase exponentially through 2018. Spanish is the world's third-largest language, spoken by nearly 500 million people, including more than 40 million Spanish-speaking individuals in the United States alone.

“A master's degree in Spanish has extraordinary professional value, particularly in our global economy,” said Dr. Erica Frouman-Smith, a professor of foreign languages and the academic advisor to graduate students pursuing degrees in Spanish and Spanish education.

The Department of Foreign Languages at C.W. Post offers master's level degree programs that are comprehensive studies of the linguistics, syntax and literature of Spain and Spanish America. C.W. Post graduates find positions in a variety of careers including international business; translation and interpretation; government, including the FBI and CIA; publishing; the media; and health and medicine.

 Degree programs offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences include a 36-credit M.A. in Spanish. Two degree programs, offered in conjunction with the College of Education and Information Sciences, include the M.S. in Middle Childhood Education: Spanish (Grades 5-9) and the M.S. in Adolescence Education: Spanish (Grades 7-12), both 45 credits. A bachelor's degree in Spanish is recommended, but non-majors with a strong background in Spanish will be considered.

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Updated 1/9/12

Posted 08/11/2011

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