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AATSP-NMSU Graduate Credit Opportunity

Earn Graduate-level Credit through the Online MA in Spanish Program at NMSU

while Attending the AATSP Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico!

The Online MA in Spanish at New Mexico State University (NMSU) is pleased to offer this unique opportunity to all AATSP Conference attendees.

General Information

All graduate credits offered to attendees at the AATSP annual conference will be offered through New Mexico State University in conjunction with its Online MA in Spanish Program. Information about that program and the specific courses follows.

Program Accreditation and Course Credit

In 2007 the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at NMSU approved a proposal to begin the Online MA in Spanish program and funded the effort with seed money to form, train, and recruit students and faculty for the program. As part of the process, the program also received the approval of the Dean of the Graduate School at NMSU. Thus, the program is fully approved with NMSU. New Mexico State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This means that the courses taken through the Online MA in Spanish program have the same credibility, accreditation, and rigor as any other degree at NMSU, either on campus or online.

The emphasis in the NMSU Online MA in Spanish Program is on quality in course design and instruction. Faculty recognize that the online environment has demanded more from the students and enhanced their learning opportunities.

Upon completion of course(s) taken through the Online MA in Spanish, attendees may request a transcript from NMSU and the course appears on the official transcript with graded credit. There is no annotation as to whether this course was done online or on campus.

Please consider these Policies and Procedures for Receiving Credits through the AATSP-NMSU Online Graduate Credit Program:

Credits through the NMSU Online MA in Spanish Program

AATSP Conference attendees wishing to receive graduate-level credit may do so through the Online MA in Spanish program without being accepted to the degree program. Attendees wishing to receive credit do, however, have to apply to be admitted to NMSU as non-degree seeking students. Please follow the steps below in the "Procedures” section in order to enroll properly. For future conferences, attendees already enrolled in the AATSP-NMSU Online Graduate Credit Program, need not apply again. However, should an attendee wish to continue the Online MA in Spanish degree taking other courses not associated with the AATSP Annual Conference, they must do so by formally with a separate packet and can be viewed by clicking here and following the link: "Master of Arts in Spanish Online.”


All conference attendees desiring to enroll in the AATSP-NMSU Online Graduate Credit Program must pay the following (costs are subject to change on a yearly basis):

1. Application fee, currently $40.00. This fee is a one-time application fee and attendees will not have to pay it for graduate credit associated with additional future conferences. New participants in the AATSP-NMSU Online Graduate Credit Program will pay the current application fee rate. Returning participants will not be required to make this payment.

2. $250 per credit hour, or whatever the current tuition rate per credit hour is, keeping in mind that tuition fluctuates and is not under the control of the AATSP-NMSU Online Graduate Credit Program. This tuition rate is being offered as if attendees were New Mexico residents. This rate can be offered because the conference attendees are taking less than nine (9) credit hours at one time. The program offers a one-credit course and a three-credit course. Attendees wishing to receive 3 credits would pay $790 (application fee plus fee for three credits). Again, for returning attendees/students at future conferences, the application fee would not be necessary.

Course Offered for Summer 2012

Spanish 509

Teaching Culture with Technology 3 credits

Course Content

In essence, this AATSP-NMSU Online Graduate Credit Program provides the opportunity for conference attendees to apply everything they do at the conference in a practical way.

The three-credit course will examine the use of technology to enhance cultural learning. The venue of San Juan, Puerto Rico will allow attendees to research the local culture and find a way to bring it into their classrooms using technology. We will use and visit current computer programs, social media sites, and apps for computers, smartphones, iPads, and more!! Some of these are items your students are already using (or could use) – we will just refocus them in order to bring culture to life.

Course Requirements

Conference Registration and Attendance. All individuals applying for Graduate Credit through NMSU must register for the AATSP conference for the year in question and attend the required sessions for that conference year.

At-conference, and post-conference work. While the course syllabus will give more specifics, this year the course will use the NMSU sponsored session at the AATSP conference as the kick-off to the course. After the conference, there will be follow-up work and projects to be completed.

Contact hours. The 3 credit class will require 50 contact hours. This will involve at-conference work (attending sessions, excursions, other events) and post-conference follow-up online.

At-conference Work. At conference work will include the following:

· Attend the kick-off session sponsored by NMSU Online MA in Spanish – this will be a 75-minute session. The session will review cultural readings covered in the course, then present ways to use technology for bringing culture into the classroom.

· A minimum attendance at a combination of 20 hours of conference sessions, workshops and/or excursions.

· Journal entries online in BLOG format that cover the sessions, events, excursions, etc. and how these apply to the topic of the course – Teaching Culture with Technology.

Post-conference Work. Post-conference work will include the following:

· Journal entries online in BLOG format that present the sessions, events, excursions, etc. and how these apply to the topic of the course – Teaching Culture with Technology.

· A thought/research paper/proposal on how attendee intends to use the information gathered on the course in the future. This paper/proposal would ask for summaries of conference sessions attended. Particular interest is paid to how attendee will implement assessing teaching culture with technology.


As an attendee at the 94th Annual AATSP Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, you are able to receive graduate-level college credit to enhance your professional skills and advancement. The procedures for enrolling in the AATSP-NMSU for credit program are as follows:

Note for returning attendees that have already received credit in previous years. Please skip step 1 and go to step 2.

1. Apply to be admitted as a non-degree seeking student at NMSU. The process is simple, just visit the following link, fill out the application, and submit it with a copy of your most recent university transcripts. This is a one-time process, the next time you attend an AATSP conference and wish to receive credit, there is no need to complete this step.

Graduate School Application

When filling out the application, please be sure to select the non-degree seeking (or undeclared or unclassified) option under the enrollment status section, and Master of Arts under the expected degree section (this is done even if no degree is desired or expected.

For the non-degree seeking option, we require no letters of recommendation and no GRE test scores.


2. Once you have completed the first step, and have received confirmation of acceptance, please send an email to Prof. Jeff Longwell at: so that the Online MA in Spanish program is aware of your interest to be enrolled in the AATSP-NMSU for-credit program. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP SO WE CAN KEEP TRACK OF THOSE ATTENDEES INTERESTED IN RECEIVING CREDIT. We will email you frequent updates as to what to do.

3. Class registration opens in April and will run right up until the course begins at the first part of July. Please note, that you will need to be enrolled in the course PRIOR to the conference – there is NO on-site registration for the for-credit program (See earlier sections on Courses Offered, Course Content and Course Requirements for more details). Again, please email Prof. Longwell with your intent as to which course you will be taking.

4. Wait for confirmation that you may enroll. Once you have received confirmation to enroll, please follow the instructions on this page. You will also find instructions there on making payment for the course.

5. Pay the appropriate course fees once you are enrolled in the course.

6. Close to the date the course will commence, you will receive a welcome email with more instructions. After that you will log on to Canvas @ NMSU and follow instructions given in the course syllabus.

If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Jeff Longwell, AATSP-NMSU for-credit program coordinator at:

We hope to see you online and in San Juan!
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