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Teaching Specialty - Spanish

Major Requirements

Major: Spanish Education

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 12

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A list of approved general education courses is available here .
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, should they apply.
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 May be satisfied with courses required in the major. Review major requirements to determine if a specific upper division writing course is required.

Major Requirements

  • GPA of 2.75 or better in the teaching specialty is required for placement in student teaching and exit from the program. 
  • A minimum grade of ‘B’ is required in the SPAN teaching specialty courses.
Teaching Specialty Requirements
SPAN 311Spanish Conversation and Composition I3
SPAN 312Spanish Conversation and Composition II3
SPAN 330Introduction to Spanish Civilization3
or SPAN 331 Introduction to Spanish American Civilization
Advanced Language:
SPAN 401Advanced Spanish Grammar and Writing (May satisfy general education category C)3
or SPAN 402 Advanced Spanish Conversation
Spanish American Literature: Select one of the following:3
Traditions in Spanish American Literature
Contemporary Spanish American Literature
Introduction to Chicano Literature
Spanish American Women Writers
Peninsular Literature: Select one of the following:3
Traditions in Spanish Literature
Contemporary Spanish Literature
Spanish Women Writers
Electives : Choose from the following or any other courses not used above:9
Introduction to Hispanic Cinema
Approaches to Literature
Study Abroad & Capstone Experience:
SPAN 492Study Abroad (minimum 1 semester=14 weeks-at 300+ level in a program pre-approved by Modern Languages Dept.)1-15
SPAN 489Senior Thesis (Consult dept./advisor semester before enrolling)1
Foreign Language:
A minimum of one year of a second foreign language is required, with grades of ‘C’ or better in both courses.8
Professional Education Requirements
EDUC 321Introduction to Teaching3
EDUC 322Educational Psychology3
EDUC 451Instructional Planning, Methods and Assessment3
EDUC 481Classroom Practice Methods of Teaching I: (Lang)3
EDUC 485Student Teaching Seminar1
EDUC 486Classroom Management for Diverse Learners3
EDUC 487Student Teaching9
EDUC 488Applied Student Teaching3
EDUC 489Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds3
Total Credits68-82

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in all Professional Education Requirement courses.
  • A GPA of 2.75 or better in professional education as well as passing the appropriate Praxis II exam are required to exit the program.
  • Of the 28 required credits of Spanish, a minimum of 15, in addition to the capstone, must be resident credit (i.e. taken at NDSU, cannot be Tri-College nor study abroad).
  • Courses taken Pass/Fail will not be used to satisfy any requirement other than total credits for graduation.
  • See School of Education for admission requirements.