Christine Garst-Santos, Interim Department Head
Department of Modern Languages and Global Studies
Wagner Hall 121
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The Spanish major - teaching specialization at SDSU consists of language, culture, literature and professional courses to prepare students for teaching careers in primary, middle or secondary schools or for further graduate study.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon the completion of the Spanish major, students should be able to:
- Speak, read and write Spanish at the Intermediate-High or Advanced level
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the cultures and communication cultures of the Spanish-speaking world
- Demonstrate knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world’s civilizations and their cultural products, such as literatures, arts, political institutions, etc.
Major Coursework: A minimum grade of “C” is required for a Spanish course to count towards the major. Major courses used to fulfill the Institutional requirements (IGRs) must be different from those taken to fulfill the General Education requirements (SGRs).
Placement: Students who have a background in modern language study before entering the University should take the Placement Examination to determine the appropriate course in which to enroll. Credit may be obtained for courses exempted upon completion of one course in the department, with a grade of “C” or better, and the payment of the established fee to the Academic Evaluation and Assessment Office. Please refer to Modern Language Credit under Academic Evaluation in the catalog for more detailed information.
Oral Proficiency Interview: An official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) certified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is required of all students majoring in Spanish. A minimum ranking of Intermediate Mid is required for all Spanish Majors and Intermediate High for majors with a teaching specialization.
Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs (NCATE)
South Dakota Department of Education
Certification and Licensure
With this major and the accompanying teacher education coursework required for teaching licensure, candidates are eligible to take the Praxis content tests, and apply for a teaching license in South Dakota. Students are required to take the PRAXIS II content test, as well as the PRAXIS II Principles of Learning and Teaching test. The minimum score for the Praxis II PLT must be obtained for teaching licensure and varies by state.
Course Delivery Format
Most courses in the Spanish major are offered face-to-face on campus. Some upper-division courses are offered online, normally during the summer term.