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Spanish Teaching


Program Description

The Spanish Teaching major is a program developed for students who are interested in Spanish and would like to pursue a teaching career. The major requires a total of 33-36 credit hours of courses in Spanish Literature and Culture in addition to others in teaching methodology and linguistics. Students pursuing a Spanish Teaching Major are required to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the Spanish. An oral Spanish Proficiency Assessment is administered by the department in the last phase of the program. In order to get a Utah teaching license, teaching majors will need to be admitted to the Secondary Education Licensure Program with the Urban Institute of Teacher Education.

Students must complete up to the third year in Spanish in order to begin the program. The program requirements begin at SPAN 3020 or 3060, but students must have the appropriate prerequisites or immersion experience to qualify for these courses.

The Student Experience

Students will take courses in a wide range of topics related to Spanish literature and culture: Spanish and Latin American film, Latin American literature and philosophy, Spanish linguistics, and more. An excellent learning opportunity for students in the Spanish Teaching program is to complete a semester or summer learning abroad, experiencing firsthand how Spanish speakers speak, live, and interact. Also, students can work as Learning Assistants in the WLC department helping in the Spanish lower-level classes. Students can also get involved on campus by joining the Spanish Club.

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation, you will be prepared for careers in the education field, such as Dual Language Immersion programs (DLI) or Spanish teaching at an elementary or secondary school. With additional schooling at the graduate level, you can find work as an instructor, lecturer, or professor at an institution of higher education.

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Last Updated: 1/21/22