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Spanish Teaching (BA) *

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Major Academic Plan


Language Competence

Learning Outcome

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


Cultural Competence

Learning Outcome

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

Learning Outcome

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


Five Commitments

Learning Outcome

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


Utah Effective Teaching Standards

Learning Outcome

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.

Program Requirements

Licensure: This program meets the educational requirements designed to lead to an occupationally required professional license or certificate in the state of Utah. Students pursuing occupations requiring a license or certificate in a state other than Utah should contact the appropriate BYU academic advisement center as well as the licensing agency in the state where they intend to work to seek information and guidance regarding licensure and certification 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 — Obtain confirmation from your advisement center that you have completed the following:

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 Requirement

Requirement 2.1 —Complete 9 Courses

course - 3rd-Yr Span Read, Gram, & Cult 3.0

course - 3rd-Yr Spanish Composition 3.0

course - Span Phonetics & Pronunciation 3.0

course - Intro to Hispanic Literature 3.0

course - Cultures of Spain 3.0

course - Cultures of Spanish America 3.0

course - Spanish Teaching Methods 1 3.0

course - Spanish Teaching Methods 2 3.0

course - Practicum in Teaching Spanish 1.0

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 of 2 Options

Option 3.1 —Complete 1 Course

course - Hispanic Lit for Span Teachers 3.0

Option 3.2 —Complete 2 Courses

course - Survey of Lit of Spain 3.0

course - Survey of Lit of Span America 3.0

Requirement 4 —Complete 6 hours

Option 4.1 —Complete at least 3 hours up to 6 hours

You may count only one of the following three courses as an elective: SPAN 323A, SPAN 323B, SPAN323C

course - Survey of Hispanic Linguistics 3.0

course - Survey of Lit of Spain 3.0

course - Survey of Lit of Span America 3.0

course - Intro to Translation 3.0

course - Contemporary Culture - You may take once 0.5v

course - Academic Internship - You may take up to 3.0 credit hours 0.5v

course - Conversation Superior Level 3.0

course - 4th Yr Grammar 3.0

course - Border Spanish 3.0

course - Span & Engl Struct 3.0

course - Spec Top Span Ling - You may take once 3.0

course - Medieval Span Lit 3.0

course - Golden Age Lit - You may take once 3.0

course- Don Quijote 3.0

course - 19th Century Lit - You may take once 3.0

course - Spec Topics Culture of Spain - You may take once 3.0

course - 20th Century Lit - You may take once 3.0

course - Special Topics in Span Lit - You may take once 3.0

course - Early Spanish-American Lit - You may take once 3.0

course - U.S. Latinx Literature 3.0

course - The Spanish-American Novel - You may take once 3.0

course - Spanish-American Poetry - You may take once 3.0

course - Spanish-American Drama - You may take once 3.0

course - Spec Topics Culture Span Amer - You may take once 3.0

course - Hispanic-American Short Story - You may take once 3.0

course - Spec Topics in Span-Am Lit - You may take once 3.0

course - Span Medical Interpretation 3.0

course - Directed Research - You may take once 0.5v

course - Problems in Spanish Grammar 3.0

course - Romance Philology 3.0

course - History of Spanish Language 3.0

course - Spec Topics Span Linguistics - You may take once 3.0

Option 4.2 —Complete up to 3 hours

course - Spanish Medical Professions 3.0

course - Spanish Business Professions 3.0

course - Spanish Legal Professions 3.0

Requirement 5 —Complete 1 Requirement

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 5.1 —Complete 5 Courses

NOTE: FBI fingerprint and background clearance must be completed before enrollment in FLang 276.

course - Educ Stdnts w/Disablts in ScEd 2.0

course - Exploration-Tchg Foreign Lang 4.0

course - Tching K-12 Online/Blended Lrn 1.0

course - Multi Cult Ed for Sc Ed 3.0

course - Ad Dev & Class Mgmt 3.0

Requirement 6 —Complete 12 hours

Note: Student teachers/interns must complete all required EPP assessments through mYlink in order to be cleared for graduation.

course - Sec Spanish Student Teaching - You may take up to 12.0 credit hours 12.0

course - Sec Spanish Tching Internship - You may take up to 12.0 credit hours 12.0

Requirement 7 —Complete 1 Course

course - Senior Proficiency Evaluation 0.5

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.