About the Program: 

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 Hall 122) after they have successfully completed 6 credits beyond SPA302.

No student will be admitted with less than a 2.5 overall GPA, or with less than a 2.5 GPA in Spanish courses.

Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (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 39–66 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Spanish 36 cr

A. Required Courses (27 cr)
SPA301 Introduction to Hispanic Culture
SPA302 Introduction to Hispanic Media
SPA305 Spanish Phonetics
SPA306 The Civilization and Culture of Spain
SPA307* Spanish Authors Pre-1800
SPA308* Spanish Authors 1800-Present
Or
SPA310* Spanish American Literature Authors 1492-1810
SPA311* Spanish American Authors 1810-Present
SPA309 Civilization of Latin America
SPA415 Advanced Grammar and Composition
SPA416 Advanced Conversation

B. Electives (9 cr)
Select three courses from the following:
SPA303 Intro to Spanish Literature
SPA307* Spanish Authors Pre-1800
SPA308* Spanish Authors 1800-Present
SPA310* Spanish American Literature Authors 1492-1810
SPA311* Spanish American Authors 1810-Present
SPA317 Business Spanish
SPA405 Old Spanish
SPA408 Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature
SPA 411 Spanish American Literature of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Novel, Short Story, and Essay
SPA421 Structure of Modern Spanish
SPA496 Seminar I
SPA497 Seminar II

* May be taken as an elective if not taken as a required course.

Total Required Credit Hours in Professional Education (24 cr)

SPF 303 Educational Psychology
SPF 403 Historical and Philosophical Forces Influencing Secondary Education
EDU 416 Teaching Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools
EXE 372 Foundations of Teaching Adolescents with Disabilities
FLE 240 Introduction to Linguistics
FLE 300 Introduction to the Foreign Language Classrooms
FLE 340 Second Language Acquisition and Literacy
FLE 401 Teaching Foreign Language in Middle and High Schools

Total Required Credit Hours in Student Teaching (12 cr)
FLE 407/ SED 407 Student Teaching of Foreign Languages in the Middle/Junior High School (6)
FLE 408/ SED 408 Student Teaching of Foreign Languages in the High School (6)

All College Electives 0–6 cr
Total Required Credit Hours 120 cr

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