2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Nov 15, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Spanish (B.A.) - Teaching Specialization

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Christine Garst-Santos, Interim Department Head
Department of Modern Languages and Global Studies
Wagner Hall 121
E-mail: christine.garst-santos@sdstate.edu
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Program Information

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.

Academic Requirements

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).


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.

Requirements for Spanish Major - Teaching Specialization: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Sciences

System General Education Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Requirements: 9+

  • Modern Foreign Language Including the 202-Level Credits: 6+
  • AIS 211 - South Dakota American Indian Culture and Education (COM) Credits: 3  
  • One declared minor outside of the major prefix OR a second major OR a teaching specialization. The minor may be a traditional minor within one department or it may be interdisciplinary involving more than one department. The minor can be in a different college. The minor must be declared no later than the student’s third semester of enrollment.
  • Capstone course in the major discipline
  • Upper division coursework Credits: 33

System General Education and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements. Consult program advisor for details. See the College of Arts & Sciences  for additional information about Bachelor of Arts specifications.

Select from the following

  • 24 credits total are required from the following 3 elective categories; distribution will vary for the Humanities Emphasis, the Professional Emphasis, and the Teaching Specialization.
  • 15 of the 21 elective credits must be at the 300 and 400 level.
  • In total, 24 of the 36 credits required for the Spanish major must be at the 300 and 400 level.

Advanced Language/Linguistics Electives

Select from the following courses.  Credits: 3-6*
*Minimum of 1 course is required for the Humanities Emphasis and the Teaching Specialization;
*Minimum of 2 courses are required for the Professional Emphasis

Literature and Culture Electives

Select from the following courses.  Credits: 6-12*
*Minimum of 4 courses are required for the Teaching Specialization;
*Minimum of 3 courses are required for the Humanities Emphasis;
*Minimum of 2 courses are required for the Professional Emphasis

Applied and Experiential Learning Electives

Select from the following courses. Credits: 0-9*
*No courses from this category are required; however students can draw from this category OR the previous categories (Advanced Language/Linguistics & Literature and Culture) in order to complete their remaining elective credits for a total of 24.

Teaching Specialization Requirements

Additional Requirements

  • Students must also receive a “C” grade or better in  ,  , and   or higher.
  • There are GPA requirements for entry into and continuation within the teacher education program. For additional information please consult the Secondary Education Handbook.


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

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