Spanish and Portuguese

Spanish Teaching

Spanish Teaching
Hours59 - 80 Credit Hours
LEPLimited Enrollment Program of 50 Students.
Application Website
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

For students accepted into the major after December 16, 2019, grades below C in any required coursework in a teaching major or teaching minor will not be accepted. Teacher candidates must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher once admitted into the program and to qualify for student teaching. For additional details on admission and retention requirements for teaching majors and teaching minors, see Educator Preparation Program Requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.
A teaching minor in another subject is strongly recommended. Teaching opportunities in public schools may be significantly reduced without a second teaching subject that a teaching minor provides.
requirement 1
The Spanish and Portuguese Department requires a minimum of 18 upper-division major hours to be taken in residence at BYU for this degree program. These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
requirement 2 Complete 1 option
Note 1: Fingerprinting and FBI clearance must be completed prior to enrolling in Span 380.
Note 2: Span 377 must be completed before taking Span 378.
Note 3: Span 378 and 380 must be taken concurrently the semester immediately before student teaching.
requirement 3 Complete 1 option
requirement 4 Complete 6.0 hours from the following course(s)
Note: Courses used to satisfy above requirements may not double count.
requirement 5 Complete 1 option
Professional Education Component:
Licensure Requirements: Contact the Education Advisement Center, 350 MCKB, 801-422-3426, to schedule the final interview to clear your application for the secondary teaching license. You should be registered for your last semester at BYU prior to the scheduled appointment.
requirement 6 Complete 12.0 hours from the following course(s)
Note: Student teachers/interns must complete all required EPP assessments through mYlink in order to be cleared for graduation.
requirement 7 Complete 1 option
option 7.1 Complete 1 course
Note 1: An ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Writing Proficiency Test and Reading Comprehension Test are taken in connection with Span 491. Before applying to student teach, students must achieve a minimum OPI rating of "Advanced-Low" to obtain Utah state licensure and to graduate.
Note 2: To qualify for Utah licensure, students must also pass the Praxis Spanish World Language exam at the state-specified cutoff level prior to student teaching. Contact Education Student Services or check their website for more information.
Note: Students are strongly encouraged to participate in a Spanish language/culture immersion experience, such as an LDS mission, Study Abroad program, internship, a semester in the Foreign Language Student Residence, or a service learning course.
Program Outcomes: 

Language Competence

Students will speak, listen, read, and write Spanish at the ACTFL Advanced Low level or better.

Cultural Competence

Students will identify cultural practices (e.g., customs and traditions) and cultural products (e.g., literatures, arts, institutions, and individuals) from the Spanish-speaking world, place them in their historical, political, and social contexts, and interpret the unique perspectives on human experience that they reveal.

Critical Thinking and Expression

Students will analyze language, literary texts, and other cultural products and practices using sound thinking and clear expression.

Five Commitments

Demonstrate the dispositions found within the five commitments of the BYU-PSP vision statement.

Utah Effective Teaching Standards

Meet the Utah Effective Teaching Standards (UETS) at the basic competence level, including the ability to: Create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning, plan effective standards-based lessons, teach with a variety of instructional strategies suited to the needs of their students, and assess their students' learning.