Undergraduate

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.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in Spanish Language Arts and Reading majors take courses from these groups:

CORE COURSES
Students who major in Spanish language arts and reading complete core courses, which include Reading and Listening Comprehension, Advanced Composition, Introduction to English Linguistics, Professional Oral Communication, and Content Area Literacy.

SUPPORTING COURSES
BA in Spanish Language Arts and Reading majors complete supporting courses, which include Arts for Children, Teaching Science in the Elementary School and History of Texas.

REQUIRED MINOR
BA in Spanish Language Arts and Reading majors complete required minor courses in Teacher Education, which include Foundations in Education, Learning Processes and Evaluation, and Educational Technology Integration.

FIELD EXPERIENCE
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 Language Arts and Reading (EC–6 Bilingual).

Opportunities

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.

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