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What will you learn?

The Master’s in Spanish Second Language Teaching at the Universidad de Navarra drives your professional development from the very beginning of the program. Students receive more than 600 internship hours through their work with the ILCE teaching team, a group of innovative and dynamic professionals.

From day one:

  • You’ll develop critical and analytical skills to help you reflect on and resolve the challenges presented by everyday teaching.

  • You’ll learn to create collaborative and independent classroom dynamics for your students. You’ll also learn to understand and analyze different teaching contexts, both nationally and internationally.

  • You’ll experience leadership in interdisciplinary teams focused on language learning.

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Professional Development

The University Master in Spanish Second Language Teaching is not the final destination. It is a transformative experience that does not end when you graduate. For this reason, the program, together with the Universidad de Navarra Career Services, provide personalized professional resources to help you make an impact in the years to come.

The following data shows the destinations of previously graduated students who accepted positions in educational institutions or continued their education within three months of completing the MELE program.

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Our motto is “Learning to teach, teaching to learn”.

In addition to including unique and innovative approaches and content, the MELE program is designed with four features that distinguish it from similar programs.

1. Real and paid teaching experience from the beginning of the master’s program (600 hours): MELE is the only MA in Spanish Second Language Teaching with 150 hours of paid teaching in class where students will be directly responsible for at least three different groups/courses over the duration of the 10-month program. Your first paid position as a Spanish teacher will be with us.

2. Professional inclusion in ILCE faculty meetings, applying the theories from class to professional life in ELE: To learn you must participate in a real, professional context. The participation in the day to day work of ILCE, a university SLA research and innovation institute, will promote your professional development in all senses. This includes research projects, ELE assessments, teaching classes, program organization, co-curricular activities, and ILCE meetings.

3. Small class sizes allow for personalized advising: Each Master’s class accepts a limited number of students (between 7-14). Each teacher-in-training in MELE receives constant support, tutoring, and continuous monitoring from ILCE professors through weekly support meetings. Each student is assigned a mentor for the classes they teach, an academic advisor for MELE questions/issues, and a director of TFM (Trabajos Fin de Máster-master’s thesis). There will always be someone who can help you.

4. True global focus of MELE: MELE is the only MA in Spanish Second Language Teaching in which more than half of the professors are visiting professors from the best universities in America, Asia, and Europe. You’ll receive professional perspectives from around the world.

The rise of teaching Spanish as a second language is a global phenomenon. The need for dynamic, adaptable, and well-prepared teachers is growing fast in various countries and contexts and in all levels of education-- from elementary school to college level. The MELE program offered by ILCE at the Universidad de Navarra is unique in its practical, professional, innovative, and global focus.

MELE has a twofold objective:

1. To form competent, dynamic, and innovative professionals with real experience. Students apply key knowledge for teaching Spanish as a second language into the classroom: language teaching and assessment, theories of Spanish learning, new technology for ELE classes, specific purposes, and action research methods in classrooms and schools.

2. To form professionals that can reflect on their own teaching style and personal development. Through this, they become innovative and independent and find new and original outcomes.

Graduate Program Director


Prof. Dr. Eduardo Negueruela Azarola
Director of ILCE Academics and Research
enegueruela@unav.es
Phone: 948 425600
Extension: 802384

Associate Director

Prof. Dr. Ramón González Ruiz
Philology Department
rgonzalez@unav.es
Phone: 948 425600
Extension: 802870

Associate Director

Dr. Carlos Schmidt Foó
Director of the Business Spanish for Communication Program
IESE Business School – University of Navarra

Director of ILCE Programs and MELE Admissions


Ares Miquel
amiquel@unav.es
Phone: 948 425600
Extension: 802036

The professional profile of students who complete the Master’s in Spanish Second Language Teaching at the Universidad de Navarra is one of a responsible teacher. They have real experience in pedagogical design, planning, assessment, and classroom management for Spanish as a second language classes.

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You will be able to work in...

The program gives students access to a job bank for ELE teachers that is exclusive to the Master’s graduates.

The program will open up work opportunities related to teaching Spanish as a second language. You can continue your professional development in institutions like:

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  • Universities: Teaching in departments of Modern Languages or Spanish Language Teaching, which can be completed in Spanish universities (Spanish as a Second Language) or abroad (Spanish as a Foreign Language).

  • Advanced research centers in applied linguistics and doctorate programs

  • International education centers at any/all learning levels

  • Private language schools and Spanish assessment and certification centers 

  • Publishing houses specialized in language teaching

  • Welcome and support centers for immigrants

  • Multimedia producers and businesses dedicated to developing language teaching resources (TV, internet, apps, etc.)

  • Other areas of professional development could be international departments in businesses (rooted in lifelong learning and languages) or the field of translation

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