College of Arts and Letters2013-2014
Department of Global Languages and Cultures
Secondary Education - Spanish, Bachelor of Science in Education
This program prepares future educators to teach Spanish language and stylistics, heightened by an exposure to Spanish/Latino civilization and literature. Students also become versed in the theories of language acquisition and best practices for teaching language.
This program is nationally recognized by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Education in Secondary Education - Spanish?
This degree prepares students for the joys and challenges of teaching Spanish in secondary-school settings. To pursue this degree, you must also be admitted to NAU Teacher-education program-and demonstrate proficiency in Spanish, one of the top three most widely spoken languages spoken in the world.
To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
- All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
- At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
- At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
In addition to University Requirements:
- At least 42 units of major requirements
- At least 24 units of Foundations in Teaching requirements
- Be aware that you may not use courses with a SPA prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements
- Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units
Candidates in this program are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, professional knowledge, and professional dispositions to be eligible to enter student teaching or internship placements. Content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills, professional dispositions are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in the following course(s):
Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
|Minimum Units for Completion||120|
|Mathematics Required||MAT 114|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Required|
|Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching||Required|
|University Honors Program||Optional|
|Progression Plan||View Progression Plan|
Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
To be eligible for admission to the program, candidates must meet the following requirements:
30 units of coursework which includes:
A minimum GPA of 2.5 in all content major coursework (must have taken at least 3 units) and one of the following:
- A cumulative 2.5 GPA in Liberal Studies courses
- A cumulative 2.5 GPA in all courses
- You must be declared in this major
- Completion of a teacher-education orientation for Secondary Education
- Submission of a copy of your State-approved Identity-Verified Print (IVP) fingerprint clearance card, obtainable through the Arizona Department of Public Safety (602-223-2279)
Take the following 66 units with a grade of C or better:
Spanish (SPA) and Language (LAN) courses (42 units)
- SPA 303 (or credit-by-exam) (3 units)
- Select one from: SPA 304W, SPA 311W, SPA 312W (3 units)
- SPA 321 or SPA 322 (3 units)
- SPA 301 (3 units)*
- Select two from: SPA 351, SPA 352, SPA 353, SPA 354 (6 units)
- SPA 340, SPA 341, SPA 404 (or credit-by-exam for 404) (9 units)
- SPA 405 and SPA 406, or SPA 405 twice, or SPA 406 twice (6 units)
*A student may substitute SPA 460C for SPA 301 with advisor approval.
Please be aware of the following:
- You may not count SPA 100-200 level courses toward your major requirements or liberal studies.
- You may only take lower-level SPA courses if you have not already taken advanced SPA course work. For example, after you have completed 200-level SPA courses, you may not take SPA courses at the 100 level; after completing a 300-level course, you may not take 100- or 200-level courses.
- Foundations in Teaching Requirements (24 units)
- SPA 495C (12 units)
In all of our teacher education programs, you are required to complete a student teaching or internship experience. In addition, a minimum number of units of practicum is required, which involves supervised field experience with a practicing teacher.
Before being accepted to student teaching, the following criteria must be met:
- Admission to the teacher education program
- NAU GPA must be at least 2.5, with a GPA of 2.5 in all teacher preparation courses, with no grade lower than a "C".
- Complete all plan requirements.
- All major coursework, with the exception of EDF 200 must be completed within the six years prior to student teaching.
- All candidates must demonstrate social and emotional maturity consistent with professional standards of classroom instruction as well as adequate physical health for teaching.
Arizona Teacher Certification
In order to obtain an Arizona teaching certificate you must pass both the appropriate National Evaluation Series subject matter test and the National Evaluation Series Secondary Assessment Professional Knowledge.
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
- Please note that you may take as an elective POS 220 (or POS 110 and POS 241), which satisfies the state and federal constitution requirement for Arizona certification, or you may meet the requirement by demonstrating proficiency on a special exam.
All candidates for the Spanish B.S.Ed. major must take the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Advanced-Low Level Check. See your advisor for details.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
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