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B.A. in Secondary Education | Spanish Education (PK-12)


The Spanish education program provides a strong foundation in Spanish and focuses on the preparation of teachers according to NCATE/ACTFL and Illinois Content Standards for Educators.

Program Requirements

Spanish students who are seeking teaching certification must be admitted to the Education Department, complete all requirements for Option I: Spanish Language, Literature and Civilization, all general education courses, and all professional education courses with a minimum grade of "C," and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

In addition, candidates must successfully complete state certification requirements and the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Test. For more information, please review the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog.

120 credit hours are required for Bachelor of Arts degree. The K-12 Education track in the Spanish major prepares students to teach Spanish in high school. The major consists of a variety of Spanish courses in language, literature, history, and culture. Detailed course information can be found in the academic catalog. Students should use Academic Planning on the mySXU portal to schedule courses and track degree progress.

Suggested four year academic plan for the major (courses required in the major are in bold)

Please consult with your academic advisor prior to course selection.

Semester 1 Credit Hours
TRANS 100: Transitions 1
PHIL 140: The Examined Life 3
ENGL 120: Rhetoric and Writing 3
SPAN 200: Advanced Grammar and Composition 3
PSYCH 101: Intro to Psychology 3
Semester 2 Credit Hours
FYS 175: First Year Seminar 3
COMM 101: Speech Fundamentals 3
SPAN 211: Spanish for Speakers of Spanish 3
Spanish approved elective 3
GE Biological Science with lab* 3
Semester 3 Credit Hours
SPAN 210: Advanced Spanish Conversation 3
SPAN 220: Interpretation of Texts 3
GE Physical Science with lab* 3
GE Arts and Humanities 3
GE US History 3
EDU 200: Profession of Teaching 3
Semester 4 Credit Hours
Spanish approved elective 3
POLSC 101: Intro to U.S. Government 3
Humanities elective (not in Spanish) 3
PSYCH 201: Adolescent Psychology 3
EDU 323: Survey of Except Student 3
Semester 5 Credit Hours
Spanish approved elective 3
Spanish approved elective 300 level 3
GE Fine Arts or Literature 3
EDU 202: Educational Psychology 3
EDU 397: Literacy Instruction 3
Semester 6 Credit Hours
General elective 3
Spanish approved elective 300 level 3
EDU 370: Principles and Practices of the Middle and Secondary Schools 3
EDU 377: Historical and Social Trends in Education 3
Humanities elective (not in Spanish) 3
Semester 7 Credit Hours
SPAN 395: Senior Seminar 3
Spanish approved elective 300 level 3
Spanish approved elective 300 level 3
GE Diversity Studies 3
EDU 378: Methods of Teaching Foreign Language 3
Semester 8 Credit Hours
EDU 345: Seminar in Teaching and Learning 3
EDU 349: Directed Teaching 9
*One of the natural science courses must have a lab component.

Spanish Secondary Education Cougar Map

If you would like to print out the Cougar Map, please view the Spanish Secondary Education Cougar Map (PDF).


(Major/minor, summer suggestions, academic research)

First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year

Explore opportunities for scholarships.

Bring writing assignments to the Learning Center/Writing Studio for help in fine- tuning papers.

Don't get discouraged in your first year! For stress relief ideas, visit the Counseling Center

Get to know your academic advisor.

Visit the library for the appropriate resources in writing your research papers.

Get to know faculty members in the Language and Literature Department.

Apply for the Sister Dorothy Peschon Scholarship, specific to foreign language majors or seek out scholarships exclusively for SXU students.

Consider working with a faculty member on a research project.

Be mindful of important dates, i.e. semester ends and begins, deadline to withdraw from a course, petition for graduation.

Secure an off-campus position in education for student teaching or one that will use your language skills and help diversify your background of relevant experiences.

Meet with the Language and Literature Department to ensure you're on track to graduate.

Begin work on your topic for your Senior Seminar independent research project.


(Service, global perspective, study abroad,clubs/RSOs, volunteering))

Consider joining a student club or intramural sports team. Clubs can include the Education Club, Model United Nations Club or Student Government Association and Student Activities Board.

Enroll in Cougars LEAD that supports leadership development and begin working on your leadership certificate.

Visit the Center for International Education and research opportunities to take part in a service trip or study abroad program.

Volunteer at a non-profit such as, LNortea Norte, National Museum of Mexican Art, Latino Union of Chicago or Community Health Latino Policy Forum.

Take on a leadership role within a student club or organization.

Discover the Hispanic Association of Colleges and University (HACU) and learn more about their scholarship and internship opportunities.

Consider participating in a spring break service trip.

Explore post-graduate volunteer opportunities with Holy Child Volunteers or investigate local options for volunteer work.

Consider joining professional organizations, such as the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, American Translators Association or the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language.

Career Success

(Career or grad school prep, internships, jobs)

Complete your SXU Handshake profile for student employment with the help of Center for SUCCESS.

Meet with Center for SUCCESS to research occupations of interest related to Spanish and Education.

Secure a position in education as a tutor or after-school assistant with a local school or community program.

Create a LinkedIn profile and establish meaningful connections within your academic and personal circles.

Explore internships or jobs on Handshake with organizations, such as the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago.

Attend SXU's career-related events throughout the year and network with professionals.

Ask faculty and staff members to serve as references as you begin the search for internships, student teaching, and full-time positions.

Begin collecting and revising writing samples for your professional digital portfolio.

Explore summer internships or jobs with organizations, such as Heartland Alliance, Latino Policy Forum or Telemundo Chicago.

Prepare for post-graduate academic/ professional exam, if applicable.

Ensure that your LinkedIn or other professional social media accounts reflect all your recent academic, professional and volunteer experiences.

Visit Center for SUCCESS to create a job search plan, sharpen your resume and practice interviewing.

Attend job, graduate school and intern fairs to help prepare you for what comes next after college.

Career Outlook

The Secondary Education Program prepares individuals to teach students in the secondary grades, which may include grades nine through twelve, depending on the school system or state regulations. Courses may include preparation to teach a comprehensive curriculum or specific subject matter.

To find out more about your major including potential areas and employers, required skills, job outlook, and median pay, please access the Occupational Outlook Handbook or the O*Net websites.

Explore the subsections below to learn more about the potential skills a student with a secondary education major can develop as well as the potential positions, areas, and employers that hire students with this degree. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.


As a secondary education major, you will develop an in-depth understanding of your content area. Additionally, students may develop advance skills including communication, patience, creativity, enthusiasm, confidence, dedication, conflict resolution, organization, classroom management, time management, critical thinking, leadership, and teamwork.


Graduates with a degree in secondary education can work as teachers, ELL specialists, textbook salespersons, instructional technologists, direct service and grant writers.


Graduates with a degree in secondary education can work in teaching, research, sales, administration, literacy development, adult and continuing education and fundraising/development.


Graduates with a degree in secondary education can work for public, private, magnet, or charter schools, professional associations, test preparation companies, international schools, publishers, museums, zoos, religious organizations, correctional institutions, higher education, nonprofit and park districts.

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