Spanish Education

Major Requirements

Major: Spanish Education

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 120

University Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specified by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 30 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.
  6. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  7. Students presenting transfer credit must meet the NDSU residence credits and the minimum upper level credit. Of the 30 credits earned in residence, a minimum of 15 semester credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above, and 15 semester credits must be in the student’s curricula for their declared major.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.

University General Education Requirements

A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

Category C: Communication12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Category R: Quantitative Reasoning 3
Category S: Science and Technology 10
Category A: Humanities and Fine Arts 6
Category B: Social and Behavioral Sciences 6
Category W: Wellness 2
Category D: Cultural Diversity *†
Category G: Global Perspectives *†
Total Credits39

Courses for category D & G are satisfied by completing D & G designated courses in another general education category.

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 major requirements to determine if specific courses can also satisfy these general education categories.

Teaching Specialty Requirements
SPAN 311Spanish Conversation and Composition I3
SPAN 312Spanish Conversation and Composition II3
Civilization and Culture
Must take two from the following with at least one of the two course being a Spanish prefix:6
Introduction to Spanish Civilization
Introduction to Spanish American Civilization
Introduction to Latin American History
Imperial Spain
Colonial Mexico
The Aztec, Maya, and Inca
Anthropology of Latin America
History and Cultures of the Caribbean
Advanced Language:
SPAN 401Advanced Spanish Grammar and Writing3
or SPAN 402 Advanced Spanish Conversation
Spanish American and Peninsular Literatures:
Select two of the following:6
Traditions in Spanish American Literature
Contemporary Spanish American Literature
Introduction to Chicano Literature
Spanish American Women Writers
Traditions in Spanish Literature
Contemporary Spanish Literature
Spanish Women Writers
Choose from the following or any other Spanish courses not used above (all MUST be a Spanish prefix):12
Spanish for Business
Spanish for Health Care
Advanced Spanish for Health Care
Introduction to Hispanic Cinema
Approaches to Literature
Study Abroad & Capstone Experience:
SPAN 492Global Practicum: Study 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
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 Credits66-80

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in all Professional Education Requirement courses.
  • A grade of 'B' or better is required in all SPAN teaching specialty courses.
  • To be placed in student teaching, a 2.75 cumulative GPA and a 2.75 GPA in professional education coursework is required.
  • To exit the program, a 2.75 cumulative GPA and a 2.75 GPA in professional education coursework is required as well as completing the Praxis Subject test and the Principles of Learning and Teaching test.
  • Of the 31 credits of Spanish Language courses (SPAN) required for the Spanish major, 18 must be NDSU resident credits in addition to the capstone (i.e. cannot be taken Tri-College or 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.