About the Program

The Spanish bachelor of science program in foreign language education leads to eligibility for a New York State Initial Certificate to teach Spanish in grades 7 through 12.

These programs offer students the opportunity to explore the knowledge necessary for teachers to implement the New York State Learning Standards for Languages Other Than English (LOTE) 7-12. They also meet the standards set by national professional organizations such as the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Students are responsible for any additional certification requirements, including the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), the Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W), Content Specialty Tests (CST) in Spanish, Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPI), and all seminars required for initial certification.

After successfully completing the BS program and passing all required tests, students are eligible to apply for New York State Initial Certification through the Teacher Certification Office, Caudell Hall 112.

Admissions Requirements

1. Completion of two upper-level Spanish courses beyond the 301/302 sequence offered by the Modern and Classical Languages Department (or the equivalent offered by an accredited college or university)

2. Completion of a Buffalo State College Change of Major Form (available through the department) signed by the Chair of Modern and Classical Languages.

3. Completion of two diagnostic essays (one in English and the other in the language of specialization).

4. Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (4.0 scale) and a minimum language GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale).

*Applicants who do not meet these minimum requirements should contact an adviser from the Modern and Classical Languages department.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 39–66 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Spanish 36 cr

A. Required Courses (27 cr)
SPA301 Spanish Conversation and Composition
SPA302 Spanish Conversation and Composition
SPA305 Spanish Phonetics
SPA306 Civilization of Spain
SPA309 Civilization of Latin America
SPA307* Survey of Spanish Literature
SPA308* Survey of Spanish Literature
Or
SPA310* Survey of Span-Amer Literature
SPA311* Survey of Span-Amer Literature
SPA415 Advanced Grammar and Composition
SPA416 Advanced Conversation

B. Electives (9 cr)
Select three courses from the following:
SPA303 Intro to Spanish Literature
SPA307* Survey of Spanish Literature
SPA308* Survey of Spanish Literature
SPA310* Survey of Span-Amer Literature
SPA311* Survey of Span-Amer Literature
SPA317 Business Spanish
SPA405 Old Spanish
SPA408 Twentieth Century Span Literature
SPA421 Structure of Modern Spanish
SPA495 Special Project
SPA496 Seminar I
SPA497 Seminar II

*Students must complete either the six credit sequence of literature coursework from Latin America or Spain. Once one sequence is complete, courses from the other sequence can count as electives.

Professional Education (12 cr)
EDF303 Educational Psychology
EDF403 Historical and Philosophical Forces Influencing Secondary Education
EDU416 Teaching Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools
EXE372 Foundations of Teaching Adolescents with Disabilities

Foreign Language Education (12 cr)
FLE240 Introduction to Linguistics
FLE300 Introduction to Foreign language Classrooms
FLE340 Second Language Acquisition and Literacy
FLE401 Teaching Foreign Languages in Middle and High Schools

Student Teaching (12 cr)*
FLE407 Student Teaching of Foreign Languages in the Middle/Junior High School (6 hours)
FLE408 Student Teaching of Foreign Languages in the High School (6 hours)

*Student Teaching Requirements
1. Cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher (4.0 scale)
2. Minimum 2.50 GPA (4.0 scale) in language courses
3. Minimum 2.50 GPA (4.0 scale) in education courses
4. Grade of “C” or higher in FLE 300, FLE 340, and FLE 401W
5. OPI Advanced Level Check results
6. TB Test
7. Fingerprints

Modern and Classical Languages

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Bishop Hall 122
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-5414 •  Fax: (716) 878-6730

languages@buffalostate.edu