Newly admitted paid students can also enroll for Fall/Spring on MyWCU but for Summer should contact the Graduate Studies Office.
West Chester and Millersville Universities launched a new combined graduate degree program, the Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures in Spanish, in Fall 2014. This single degree program is presented by both language departments in collaboration and coordination to facilitate the prompt and successful completion of the students’ coursework, as meaningfully and efficiently as possible. The 11 courses of the 33 semester credit degree program may be completed in from 2-5 years.
Students may enroll in up to three courses in the program while they are finalizing their application, which includes a cover form, two letters of recommendation, a goals statement in the language, and complete transcripts of all post-secondary coursework completed. Any study from another country must be evaluated by WES and forwarded to our admissions offices to be considered in the application.
To enroll, students must have an undergraduate degree and achieve the Advanced Low proficiency level on the ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) and WPT (Writing Proficiency Test) in Spanish during the first semester. Students scoring less than AL may complete a provisional semester and be retested at the end of it.
We encourage students to apply for a Graduate Assistantship at West Chester for 3-12 semester credits of tuition waiver and a graduated stipend in exchange for 5-20 hours of work a week with the department and graduate faculty.
The program contains three required core seminars totaling 9 credits to be taken by all students enrolled for the 33 credit degree program: LNC 501 on linguistics, LNC 502 on interpretive strategies, and LNC 503 on cultural studies. These seminars will all be offered each academic calendar year, shared by both schools, and will be taught in English, to allow students in all program languages to study and work together.
Additionally there is a general curriculum of 12 semester hours in Spanish, which includes courses in communicative proficiencies and cultural competencies.
Courses may be offered in all six academic sessions of each calendar year, including both semesters, the three summer sessions, and the winter session.
To complete the master’s degree experience, students choose 12 semester credit hours from elective options, in accord with their experience, needs, and future professional career plans. These may include courses in other fields such as nursing, marketing, criminal justice, etc., study abroad, an internship, or courses in pedagogy, or selected courses from the PA K-12 Graduate Certification in Spanish curriculum. The elective courses may also include all 12 credits in Spanish or a second program language (either French or German) at the graduate level.
Exit requirements for all students are uniform, an exit capstone project of a specialized written and oral exam, or a research project, or a portfolio of three projects, defended at an oral exam with the faculty.
The faculty contact for further information is: Dr. Stacey Schlau, Spanish, Mitchell Hall 124, 610-436-6968.
In the advising sheets below, students may find a general listing of courses for the new 33 credit hour joint degree program of Master of Arts in Languages And Cultures (MALC in Spanish) at West Chester and Millersville , including delivery formats (please note that MU courses have a four letter prefix), as well as the MALC in Spanish with Teaching Certification.