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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 Division, 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.

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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