Spanish Language Arts and Reading (EC–6 Bilingual)

The Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language Arts and Reading (EC–6) at St. Edward’s prepares you for the critical role of teaching in today’s rapidly growing dual-language classrooms. We emphasize hands-on learning through teaching experiences in elementary schools in Austin.

You’ll achieve a solid yet flexible foundation for teaching a variety of subjects as a bilingual teacher in English–Spanish classrooms. After completing a student teaching internship and the required certification exams, you'll be eligible to apply for your EC–Grade 6 bilingual generalist certification in Texas. Once you're certified, you'll be well prepared to teach in elementary classrooms.

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language Arts and Reading (EC–6 Bilingual)

Overview:

As a BA in Spanish Language Arts and Reading major, you’ll develop deep proficiency in the Spanish language and Spanish literature. You’ll explore different teaching models and develop effective methods for motivating young bilingual learners. You’ll learn to design lesson plans for a language-immersion setting, present multicultural subject material and integrate technology into your teaching approach. You’ll gain skills in assessing student learning, managing classroom behavior and communicating with parents.

Students select this degree with the goal of teaching in bilingual classrooms in elementary 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 language arts and reading, graduates may teach early childhood through grade six classrooms after successfully completing the specified certification requirements. Advanced degrees are required for teaching positions at the college level.

Degree Plan:

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 (9 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience

• Understanding and Appreciating the Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth

IV. CORE COURSES (31 CREDIT HOURS):
• Bilingual Methodology in Mathematics and Science
• Bilingual Elementary School Curriculum
• Introduction to Linguistics or Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
• Language Acquisition and Second Language Methodology
• Emerging Literacy Methods
• Literacy Assessment and Methods
• Content Area Literacy
• Grammar and Composition I
• Grammar and Composition II
• Mexican-American Cultural Experience
• Hispanic Children’s Literature

V. SUPPORTING COURSES (27 CREDIT HOURS):
• Arts for Children
• Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
• Teaching Science in the Elementary School
• World Geography
• History of Texas
• Health and Physical Education for Children
• Mathematics for Elementary Teachers
• Geometry for Elementary Teachers
• Introduction to Special Education

VI. REQUIRED MINOR IN TEACHER EDUCATION (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Foundations in Education
• Learning Processes and Evaluation
• Child Development
• Educational Technology Integration
• Elementary Instructional Methods and Classroom Management
• Curriculum and Evaluation in the Elementary School
• Early Childhood Education

VII. INTERNSHIP (6 CREDIT HOURS):
• Student Teaching in the Elementary Classroom

VIII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

IX. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.