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 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  6. Transfer Students: Must earn a minimum of 60 credits from a baccalaureate-degree granting or professional institution. 
    1. Of these 60, at least 36 must be NDSU resident credits as defined in #7.
    2. Within the 36 resident credits, a minimum of 15 must be in courses numbered 300 or higher and 15 credits in the major field of study.
  7. At least 36 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.

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

University General Education Requirements

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

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 Writing3
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 475Reading in the Content Area2
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 Credits70-84

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.