The Spanish Education program is designed to prepare students for a career in teaching Spanish at any level from K-12. The program includes coursework in the following areas: General Education Requirements, English and Humanities Department requirements, Spanish language, literature and culture courses, professional preparation courses, and a professional semester of student teaching. This program provides instruction and practical experiences in determining effective instructional approaches in teaching the five skill areas of foreign language: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural competence.
Students develop an awareness of the many responsibilities faced by Spanish teachers and learn how to work within today’s school environment. They learn to establish age-appropriate educational goals and objectives, to develop meaningful classroom activities for students to practice their skills, and to devise methods of assessing learning. The Education courses focus on the effectiveness of the teacher’s methods and on the value of the students’ learning experiences. The Spanish Education program emphasizes the acquisition of an advanced skill level in spoken and written Spanish, as well as an appreciation of the cultural manifestations of Spanish speaking countries. In order to reach an advanced level of competence, students take coursework in advanced grammar, oral and written skills, Spanish and Spanish American literature and culture, and six credits of elective credits in a study abroad program.
Requirements for Graduation:
To be eligible for graduation and certification with a Pennsylvania teaching certificate, students majoring in Spanish Education must complete a minimum of 122 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/ fail basis. In addition, students must achieve a 3.0 cumulative grade point average to apply for and to begin the Student Teaching Semester, must achieve a grade of 3.0 or higher in each of the following six courses: WRT 102 , WRT 202 , MAT 111 , a second math course (MAT105 or higher), EDU 200 , and EDU 210 . Students must pass all remaining Core courses with a 2.0 or higher and may not take any of the courses offered by the Department on a pass/fail basis. Students seeking certification in Spanish Education will be required to have a minimum of 150 hours of Field Experience prior to the Student Teaching semester and meet specific requirements as noted in the certification requirements section in the Department of Education.