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Spanish Education (Grades 7-12), B.A.

The B.A. program in Spanish Education prepares graduates to foster a love of Spanish language and Spanish and Latin American cultures in their students, through engaging curriculum and instruction that adapts to the needs of all learners.

Students get a double major from both the School of Education’s Department of Teaching and Leadership and the College of Arts and Sciences, developing Spanish language fluency while also covering a wide range of topics in literature, culture, film, linguistics, and more. This program meets the academic requirements for New York State initial teacher certification in Spanish (Grades 7-12).

Why Spanish Education at Syracuse?

  • 92% of School of Education students are employed or in graduate school within 6 months.
  • Participate in EDU Sims, which are standardized simulations of common interactions in classroom and school environments to help you identify your strengths and develop your professional skills.
  • A total of 5 field placements in diverse settings starting in your first year, including 2 student teaching experiences in your senior year.
  • More jobs for the price of one—a major in Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture and a major in Spanish Education gives you a leg up in multiple fields, preparing you for lesson planning or project management, problem solving in the worlds of business, international relations, or the classroom!
  • Spanish education majors have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in Santiago, Chile or Madrid, Spain, and other Syracuse Abroad centers and world partners. You can also take part in School of Education or College of Arts and Sciences short-term study abroad programs. Through the Himan Brown Fellowship, School of Education students are also eligible for exclusive funding to support study abroad experiences.
  • With a Syracuse University bachelor’s degree, you are eligible for the 25% alumni tuition scholarship for a School of Education master’s program.

Because you will be a student in two different schools within Syracuse University, you will receive advising support, career services, and one-on-one mentoring from both the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences. You’ll work closely with our faculty of nationally recognized scholars, language experts and linguists, and researchers in as you develop your professional identity and portfolio—including working with students with diverse cultures, diverse learning needs, and in diverse settings.

Graduates of this program have a strong foundational knowledge of Spanish language and Hispanic culture and an excellent preparation in inclusive pedagogy. Our graduates are in K-12 school, community, and other settings including:

  • Spanish teachers
  • Teacher leaders, department chairs, or school administrators
  • Translators or other roles where the Spanish language is required
  • Law schools, law firms, medical schools, and health care professions in the United States and abroad
  • International and domestic businesses
  • Further studies in Teaching & Curriculum, Educational Leadership, Public Administration, or another area of interest

Program Detail

As a student in the Spanish Education program, you will combine studies in Spanish, secondary language curriculum, education methods, classroom practicums, and academic requirements from the liberal arts core. You will choose courses to make up a major in Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture and liberal arts courses in collaboration with your advisors, allowing you to tailor them to your personal and professional interests. Sample courses in your program may include:

  • Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
  • Principles of Teaching and Learning in Inclusive Classrooms
  • Introduction to Spanish Literature
  • Literacy Across the Curriculum
  • Approaches to Reading Texts
  • Adapting Instruction for Diverse Student Needs

Your first semester will include liberal arts electives, writing, math, and a Spanish language course. More information on academic requirements available in the Syracuse University Course Catalog.

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