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Spanish Education (7-12), B.S.

About the Program: 

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in the catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

The Spanish secondary education program leads to eligibility for New York State initial certification to teach Spanish in grades 7-12. Students develop Spanish language skills and study the structure and sound system of Spanish, the literature and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples, and explore the teaching and learning of foreign languages in school settings. The curriculum includes a series of field experiences. All students desiring this program may be admitted into the B.A. language and literature program, which functions as a pre-major for the B.S. program.

Admission Requirements: 

Prospective students who apply for admission to the B.S. program must fill out a Change of Major Form and complete two brief entrance essays – one in English and the other in Spanish – in the Modern and Classical Languages Department office (Bishop 122) after they have successfully completed 6 credits beyond SPA 302. No student will be admitted with less than a 3.0 overall GPA, or with less than a 3.0 GPA in Spanish courses. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (overall and in Spanish), to enroll in the teaching practicum. Also, the student must complete an ACTFL-approved Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in order to demonstrate Advanced-Low Proficiency in Spanish. If Advanced-Low is not achieved, an additional upper-level Spanish course, chosen in consultation with the student’s adviser, must be successfully completed.

Program Requirements: 

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 33–39 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Spanish 39 cr

A. Communication and Culture (21 cr)
SPA 301 Introduction to Hispanic Cultures
SPA 302 Introduction to Hispanic Media
SPA 306 The Civilization and Cultures of Spain
SPA 309 Culture and Civilization of Latin America
SPA 321 Issues in Contemporary Hispanic Cultures
SPA 416 Advanced Conversation
SPA 421 Structure of Modern Spanish

B. Literacy and Literature (12 cr)
SPA 303 Introduction to Spanish Literature
SPA 307 Spanish Authors Pre-1800
SPA 311 Spanish American Authors 1810s-Present
SPA 496 Capstone Seminar

C. Content and Pedagogy 3 cr**
SPA 401 Spanish for Spanish Teaching
SPF 410 Literacy for Spanish Teaching

Electives 3cr
Select one course from the following:
SPA 299 Study Abroad*
SPA 305 Spanish Phonetics
SPA 308 Spanish Authors 1800-Present
SPA 310 Spanish American Authors: 1492-1810
SPA 317 Business Spanish
SPA 401 Spanish for Spanish Teaching**
SPA 405 Old Spanish
SPA 408 Twentieth Century Spanish Literature
SPA 410 Literacy for Spanish Teaching**
SPA 495 Special Project

*In order to attain the program's target of (ACTFL) Advanced-Mid-level proficiency, students are highly encouraged to take advantage of study abroad opportunities to fulfill this requirement. Up to 15 credits of SPA 299 (study abroad) can be substituted for courses in the major, including SPA 416, upon advisor approval. An additional 1-3 cr. course required for candidates who do not qualify at ACTFL Advanced-Low in order to complete the degree.
**Students who take SPA 401 for C. (Content & Pedagogy) can use 410 for D. (Electives) or vice-versa.

Professional Core 21 cr
EDU 416 Teaching Reading in Secondary Schools
EXE 372 Foundations of Teaching Secondary Students with Disabilities
FLE 240 Introduction to Linguistics
FLE 300 Introduction to Foreign Language Classrooms
FLE 340 Second Language Acquisition and Literacy
FLE 401 Teaching Foreign Language in Middle and High Schools
FLE 403 Foundations of Foreign and Second Language Education

Student Teaching Courses 12 cr
FLE 401 Student Teaching of Foreign Languages in the Middle/Junior High School (6)
FLE 403 Student Teaching of Foreign Languages in the High School (6)

Total Required Credit Hours 120 cr

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Modern and Classical Languages

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