Spanish for teacher licensure

Bachelor's Degree  | Russellville Campus | In-Person or Blended

The Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Education provides a foundation of oral and written Spanish skills; an introduction to basic linguistic theory; and study of Spanish and Spanish-American civilization, culture and literature. Spanish Education majors complete SPAN 4703 Foreign Language Pedagogy, which prepares them for their licensure examinations and teaches the methodology appropriate to Spanish language instruction, before their internship year. During their internship year, the education courses, the required field experiences, and the teaching internship, during which they are mentored by an experienced secondary English teacher and visited by a Tech supervising professor, give Spanish Education graduates the pedagogical skills that they need to become successful K-12 teachers.

Many Spanish Education majors complete the four TESOL courses that allow them to add an Arkansas ESL endorsement to their teaching licenses.

HANDS-ON LEARNING opportunities

  • Spanish Education majors complete a year-long internship that involves directed field observation and a semester-long teaching internship in a secondary school.
  • Spanish Education majors can participate in La Casa Immersion Experience, a living-learning community.
  •  Spanish Education majors are required to complete a study abroad experience or a community internship experience.
  • Spanish Education majors who are members of Sigma Delta Pi provide volunteer translation services for community organizations and schools.
  • Spanish Education majors participate in cultural activities such as Expo Hispanico and Día de Muertos.

SKILLS YOU WILL LEARN

  • Mastery of the conventions of standard written Spanish.
  • Effective oral communication and comprehension skills in Spanish.
  • Understanding of language acquisition theory and pedagogy.
  • Ability to understand and respond creatively, critically and analytically to print and non-print texts in Spanish.
  • Understanding of the role of Spanish in the global community
  • Understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures and civilizations.
  • Familiarity with major authors, works and movements in Spanish language literature.
  • Ability to conduct research and use it effectively.
  • Ability to apply current instructional methods in teaching and assessing Spanish language skills at the elementary, middle and secondary levels.

About This Degree

TUITION

In-State: $232 | Out-of-State: $464

Students living in states bordering Arkansas receive in-state tuition.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. The Arkansas Tech University school code to use on the FAFSA is 001089.

Payment Options:

  • Financial Aid
  • Payment Plan
  • Graduate Assistantships

CAREER OPTIONS

You could work as a(n):

  • Secondary teachers
  • Lawyers
  • Bankers
  • Managers
  • Professors
  • Counselors
  • Entrepreneurs

Alumni of our program work at:

  • Arkansas K12 schools

ACADEMIC INFORMATION

View the links below to better understand the courses, the course timeline, and who your faculty will be when you enroll as an ATU student.

Credentials that stack with this degree:

  • The B.A. in Spanish Education is an excellent preparation for law school or graduate study in many areas, including Spanish, comparative literature, linguistics, TESOL, college student personnel, instructional leadership, and library science.
  • As part of their undergraduate study, Spanish Education majors can add the ESL endorsement to their teaching license or earn a certificate of proficiency in Spanish for Medical Interpretation or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Point of Pride

Tech's chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the national Spanish honor society, has been recognized as one of the outstanding chapters in the nation for the past two years.

 

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