The Bachelor of Arts in Spanish (EC–12) at St. Edward’s prepares you to teach Spanish — the second most common language in the United States — and introduce your students to the rich cultures of Spain and Latin America.
We emphasize hands-on learning through teaching experiences in Central Texas schools. After completing a student teaching internship and the required certification exams, you'll be eligible to apply for your EC–Grade 12 Spanish teacher certification in Texas. Once you're certified, you'll be well prepared to teach in elementary and secondary classrooms.
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish (EC–12)
As a BA in Spanish major, you’ll develop deep proficiency in the Spanish language through courses in Spanish grammar, composition, conversation and pronunciation — and the history and literature of Hispanic, Latino and Spanish cultures. You’ll study teaching methods to share what you’ve learned with students in the classroom. You’ll learn to design lesson plans, present subject material and integrate technology into your teaching approach. You’ll gain skills in assessing student learning, managing classroom behavior and interacting with parents.
Students select this degree with the goal of teaching Spanish in elementary or secondary schools. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and teaching fieldwork — fully prepares you for your student teaching internship and certification exams.
With a BA in Spanish, graduates may teach in early childhood through twelfth-grade classrooms after successfully completing the specified certification requirements. Advanced degrees are required for teaching positions at the college level.
In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in Spanish majors take courses from these groups:
Students who major in Spanish complete core courses, which include Reading and Listening Comprehension, Advanced Composition, Culture and Civilization of Latin America, Spanish for Careers, and Professional Oral Communication.
BA in Spanish majors complete required minor courses in Teacher Education, which include Foundations in Education, Learning Processes and Evaluation, and Educational Technology Integration.
You will have 80 to 120 hours of teaching experiences in the field, which include one-on-one, small-group and whole-class settings.
STUDENT TEACHING INTERNSHIP
After completing your field experience hours, you will undertake a 13-week student teaching internship in a culturally diverse school in Central Texas.
View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish (EC–12).
In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.