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Spanish Teaching Program

Teaching Endorsement — Program Overview

The Spanish teaching endorsement for secondary education majors is designed to develop students' listening, verbal, writing and reading skills in Spanish; along with their ability to instruct those skills in a 9-12 classroom setting.

Upon graduation, Spanish majors will have:

  • Developed reading, writing, speaking and listening skills at the Intermediate High/Advanced Low level in Spanish, according to the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) guidelines.
  • A broad understanding of the cultural, literary and linguistic contributions of the Spanish speaking world.
  • Solid understanding of career options for Spanish degree recipients.
  • A high development of skills that translate directly into a work or postgraduate environment such as research, collaborative work, critical thinking, public speaking and technological awareness.
  • Outstanding preparation in the Five C’s of Language Learning: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.


Core Spanish Teaching Program Courses

SPAN 440 - Seminar in Teaching Methodology

This course provides an overview of the theoretical as well as practical foundations, and applications of language instruction approaches, methods, and techniques that are effective in the foreign language classroom in the K-12 school setting. Recent trends and historical approaches to teaching foreign languages, and their applicability will be investigated. The concept of communicative language teaching, and the appropriate connections with other disciplines will be made. Teaching demonstrations, and research critiques based on the learning and teaching principles of the class will be required. Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

 The 7-12 Spanish endorsement requires a major or minor in Spanish, along with completion of Briar Cliff's secondary education requirements.

 An international immersion experience of at least four weeks is required for students who are majoring or minoring in Spanish, with the last course of the major/minor to be taken on campus. Arrangements for academic credit and Spanish faculty approval must be made prior to studying abroad.

 For additional requirements and curriculum information, download the latest University academic catalog.