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Spanish BA: An innovative and unique foundation for entrance into a K-12 or 7-12 initial licensure program

The recently revised Spanish BA offers students interested in continuing on to Master´s level K-12 or 7-12 certification programs a unique opportunity to fuse the foundation they will need in Spanish and Hispanic American cultures, arts and letters with unique course offerings that blend content and pedagogy, including: SPA 200 for Education Professionals 1, SPA 205 Spanish for Education Professionals II, SPA 401 Spanish for Spanish Teaching and SPA 410 Literacy for Spanish Teachers.

Throughout the curriculum, the program is aligned to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages´World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages and standards for teaching, with an emphasis on the integration of Communication, Culture and Content, maximal instructor use of the target language. Thanks to an Autonomous Language Learning component inflused into upper-level coursework, students have ample opportunity for community engagement, including clinically rich learning experiences in area schools. In short, this is the gold standard for an undergraduate degree that prepares students for entrance into a graduate-level initial certification program.


James Lyons"I have been a Spanish teacher at Lancaster High School for 20 years and I have had the pleasure of working with student teachers from Buffalo State for most of my career. It has been a very fulfilling experience because they are always very well prepared and eager to learn. They are also trained to use the target language as much as possible in the classroom which is a top priority for me. I always feel very comfortable handing my classes over to my these student teachers. They have always done an outstanding job."

James Lyons
Foreign Language Teacher
Lancaster High School



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