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.
For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).
I. FOUNDATION COURSES (12 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language
II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues
III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth
IV. CORE COURSES:
Intermediate Language Courses (6 Credit Hours):
Students who place out of 15 hours of Spanish may not take intermediate courses. However, they are usually necessary as foundational courses for non-native speakers and English-dominant bilinguals who need to refine their skills before entering the required courses.
• Reading and Listening Comprehension
• Practical Conversation
Required Courses (39 Credit Hours):
• Grammar and Composition I
• Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
• Language Acquisition and Second-Language Methodology
• Grammar and Composition II
• Language Instruction Internship
• Senior Seminar
Select 6 hours from the following four courses:
• Introduction to Latin American Literature
• Introduction to Spanish Literature
• Seminar in Latin American Literature
• Hispanic Children’s Literature
Select 6 hours from the following five courses:
• Culture and Civilization of Latin America
• Culture and Civilization of Spain
• Mexican-American Cultural Experience
• Political and Economic Culture of Latin America
• Seminar in Hispanic Culture
Select a minimum of 3 hours from the following courses to complete the major. Advanced students may be required to complete more than 3 hours to meet the 39-hour major requirement:
• Spanish for Careers
• Introduction to Business Sapnish
• Topics in Hispanic Linguistics
• Advanced Topics in Hispanic Linguistics
• Introduction to Translation
• Directed Study for Experience Abroad
• Professional Oral Communication
• Advanced Business Spanish
• Internship in Spanish
Choose 3 hours minimum of electives
V. REQUIRED MINOR IN TEACHER EDUCATION (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Foundations in Education
• Introduction to Special Education
• Learning Processes and Evaluation
• Adolescent Psychology or Child Development
• Educational Technology Integration
• Secondary Instructional Methods and Classroom Management
• Literacy Assessment for Diverse Populations
• Curriculum and Evaluation in the Secondary School
• Content Area Literacy
VI. INTERNSHIP (6 CREDIT HOURS):
• Student Teaching in the Elementary and Secondary Classroom
VII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)
VIII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.
* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.
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.