Spanish Education First Term Enrollment Selection Guide

Welcome to Spanish Education!

Please READ THIS GUIDE before making selections in FTES. Selecting your first-term courses involves the following steps:

  • Review this guide and all related materials found on links in the FTES form itself.
  • Complete each page of FTES and save all entries by clicking “Save to Submit Later” at the top of the page after you have entered new information.
  • Take appropriate placement exams.
  • Submit your finalized FTES by the June 21, 2021 deadline, using the Submit Final Course Selections button.
  • Contact School of Education advisors for questions at 1.315.443.9319, Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or by email at any time.

You will refer to Spanish Education Courses Available section (below) when you work on page 3 of the FTES form, where you are asked to make choices for additional liberal arts courses as well as a course in your Spanish major.

Below are:

FTES Page 1: Required Courses and Student Data

  1. Check the information at the top of the page and report any errors.
    • Although two emails may be listed for you, you MUST be sure to check your SU email, and many things will be sent there.
    • As a student in the Spanish Education program, you will have a program of study that combines the Liberal Arts Core (LAC), a major in Spanish Language, Literature and Culture and professional Education courses. Together these two majors prepare you for teaching Spanish in grades 7-12. If your intended major is incorrect or you have changes you would like to make to it, please let your School of Education advisor know, so course adjustments can be made, and, if appropriate, the change might be made this summer.
  2. In the next section…
    • Answer the questions on the left.
    • Your academic advisor in the School of Education works together with your Arts and Science advisor or Honors Program advisor to develop your fall schedule. We all work together with the goal of making your first registration as smooth as possible!
    • The “additional program information” on the right refers to special options you may (or may not) have selected, such as the Renee Crown Honors Program, or one of the SU learning communities – options that would impact on your registration. Please let us know if you think something is not correct. If you are not in an additional program, it will say “No additional information”.
    • Note the link to placement exams that you may need to take (no later than June 18).
      • All students in the Spanish Education program are required to take the math placement exam. To do so, click on the Placement Exams link on the upper right side of FTES page 1. After taking the online math placement exam, the math courses you are eligible to take will pop up on the bottom of page 1, under the heading MATH. Select the math course that is appropriate for you by following the directions under that heading. Because the math, in particular, is required for completion of the FTES form. When you take the placement exam, the score takes up to 24 hours to process and come up for display, so give yourself enough time to take the exam, access the results on the FTES, and complete the FTES form itself.  The FTES form cannot be submitted until the math placement scores are displayed on the form.
      • If you have not already met the math requirement with college credit, or want to take additional math, take the Math placement exam. (If in doubt, take it!)
      • As a Spanish Education student, you are required to complete the Spanish Placement Exam. (See link for Placement Exams in upper right corner of FTES form). All Education students in teacher preparation programs are required to satisfy foreign language proficiency as a requirement for their NYS teacher’s certificate. You will fulfill this requirement with your SU Spanish coursework.
      • Placement exams for French, Hebrew, and Italian are available on the FTES link as well. If you opt to study an additional language, along with Spanish, please discuss it with your enrollment advisor. The Spanish Education program does not have electives, so if you wanted to take a second language, the course/s would be above and beyond the 123 credits for the program.
      • Note: Students who require disability-related accommodations on placement exams should contact the Center for Disability Resources in advance at 315.443.4498.
  3. Required courses section.
    • All A&S first year students take FYS 101. If you are in the Renee Crown Honors Program, you will also take HNR 100. These are courses that assist in orienting you toward Syracuse University and college life.
    • If you will be part of the Education living/learning community, you will also take EDU 101.
    • All students must select one of the options in the Writing section
      • WRT 105 is the study and practice of writing processes, including critical reading, collaboration, revision, editing, and the use of technologies. Focuses on the aims, strategies, and conventions of academic prose, especially analysis and argumentation. It is the course taken by most (native speakers of English) students.
      • Most students whose native language is other than English will take ENL courses to meet the writing requirement. A placement test taken after you arrive at Syracuse University will determine which course you should start.
      • MATHEMATICS: The College of Arts and Sciences’ liberal arts core requirements include either a mathematics sequence of two courses or a foreign language sequence. As a Spanish Education student, you will take Spanish courses that will satisfy the liberal arts core. However, all Spanish Education students are also required to take one mathematics course at or above the MAT 117 level to meet the requirements of the School of Education.  Directions for choosing a mathematics course are given above in the information on the Math Placement Exam.  If you have questions about the mathematics choices assigned to you, you can discuss them with your enrollment advisor.
      • SPANISH: You will be placed into SPA 101, 102, 201, or 202, depending on the results of your placement exam.  If you are placed into SPA 101 or 102, you will need additional time to complete your major and may want to consider taking summer courses before your sophomore year in order to attain the level of Spanish necessary for your second year. Please discuss this with your School of Education advisor when you have your placement results.

FTES Page 2: College-Level Credit

  1. If you took AP, IB, SUPA, or transfer credit from other institutions, even if you are not yet sure of your score/grade, please complete page 2 of your FTES form.
    • Write down the names of all exams (AP, IB, CLEP), and/or transfer courses that you completed so that we do not enroll you in a similar course for the fall semester. Some courses might not be accepted for your particular program. However, you should write down all AP, IB, CLEP, and/or transfer courses so that your enrollment advisor will have complete information. To ensure that you are awarded the appropriate credit.
    • In the case of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), confirm that you placed an order or formal request to have those scores sent to our Admissions Office. If you are not sure you did so, follow up with your guidance counselor to find out how to order test scores. If the SU Admissions Processing Office has the scores, your enrollment advisor will receive the score report from them.
    • When entering AP/IB/CLEP courses into your FTES form, write the full examination title and score, if you know it. If you do not know the score, enter the examination title anyway.
      E.g. English Language and Composition is the title for an AP exam. “Writing” or “English” is not the title.
    • In the case of Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) or other SU courses, your grades will appear on your SU transcript and will become part of your grade point average and credits as you continue your studies.
      • When entering Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA)/other SU courses into your FTES form, write the full course title.
        E.g. Foundations of Human Behavior-or- Interpretation of Fiction
    • If you have taken a foreign language through an accredited college or university, you will be required to provide a copy of the detailed course syllabus to the appropriate language coordinator in the Languages, Literature, and Linguistics department, along with a completed petition. If you will be continuing with the language, it would be a good idea to try to start this in the summer. If you will not, you can either start the process this summer, or wait until the fall.  You should discuss this with your School of Education advisor.  You should also take the placement exam in the language, if you plan to continue studying it.
    • In the case of other potential transfer credits from other colleges, you must request that the college/university send an official paper copy of the transcript through regular mail to:
      Advising and Career Services
      College of Arts and Sciences
      323 Hall of Languages
      Syracuse University
      Syracuse, NY 13244-1170
      Please note: The transcript is official if it arrives in an envelope sealed by the school itself. It may not be opened by the student or any person other than the SU official who receives it. If the envelope is sent to you, please leave it sealed as is. Place it in another envelope and send it to the address above. If a college or university informs you that they now have a “safe” electronic transmission system, your transcript can be sent by the college to Arts and Sciences via email to

      • When entering course titles and college names for courses taken at other colleges, write the complete course number and name of the college course and the complete name of the college or university
    • Whether the transcripts and score reports have been sent or not, please enter complete information on the courses you have taken in the appropriate sections on page 2. You may enter more than one examination or course in each section by clicking on the plus sign ( + ) to the right of the blank line. Additional lines will then display for you to enter information. Use the minus sign ( – ) if you want to delete the space or information you entered.

FTES Page 3: Course Selections

  1. Choosing additional courses.
    On this page, you will enter your additional “course choices”. The page has four boxes, however you may not need all four boxes. Read the heading in each box and enter choices as directed. You can choose your courses from the Courses Available section (below). Students who are part of the Renee Crown Honors Program and will not be taking WRT 109 in the first semester, will work with an advisor to carefully choose an appropriate honors course to be entered on this page.

    • Box A: Enter three choices for a social science course here. Social Sciences courses are described in Courses Available found in the Resources section of FTES page one. Each social science course in Courses Available is marked “SS”.
    • Box B: Enter three choices for a natural science in order of preference. Some natural sciences have labs (LAC requires one lab eventually– primarily four credits total); some do not.
    • Box C: This box is for students who have earned, or think they will earn, college-level credit for Mathematics. If you reported on page 2 that you will receive AP, IB, CLEP, SUPA, or other college course credit, you may not be taking Mathematics in your first semester and therefore will need to choose a course to replace the mathematics course on page 1.  You may choose additional courses from the Social Sciences (SS), Natural Sciences (SM) or Foreign Languages (L). If you are thinking of adding a second foreign language course for your choice (other than Spanish), please discuss this with your advisor. Enter three choices in the box.
    • Box D: This box is for students who have earned, or think they will earn, college-level credit for Writing/College Composition (as reported on page 2). Enter 3 replacement course options in order of preference from the social sciences (appropriate for your program), natural sciences or foreign languages, selecting different options than indicated in Box C.
    • Comment Box: At the bottom of p. 3, you may write questions or make comments about your choices in the comments section.  These might include your interest in a particular minor, comments about your course load, instructions on a particular section of a multi-sectioned course that interests you, and anything else related to your registration or academic plans!

You are almost done!  You may review your answers on each page, and the summary on page 4, and push the “submit” button when complete.  School of Education advisors will register you this summer, and you will be able to view your schedule in early August.

If you want to change something after you have submitted the form, or if you have questions about the courses you chose, contact one of your advisors. You will also have the opportunity to review your schedule with advisors from both colleges and make changes to it during Opening Weekend and during the first week of classes.

Courses Available

For course descriptions, please visit the Syracuse University course catalog. Detailed information on the topics and readings covered in the ENG courses can be found on the English Department website. Some ENG courses have more than one section, each of which covers different content and is taught by different instructors. If you have a preference for a certain section of a particular course, add a note to the comments section on your FTES form, and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

When you use the magnifying glass on page 3 to see a list of courses, there will be some that are not on this list, because they are not recommended for your program in the first semester. Please choose from the list below and, if you are in the Renee Crown Honors program, from that list.

Foreign Languages (L)

(each course is 4 credits)

Dept # Course Title
ARB 101 Arabic I
ARB 201 Arabic III
CHI 101 Chinese I
CHI 201 Chinese III
FRE 101 French I
FRE 102 French II
FRE 201 French III
FRE 202 French IV
GER 101 German I
GER 201 German III
GRE 101 Ancient Greek I
HEB 101 Hebrew I
HEB 201 Hebrew III
HIN 101 Hindi/Urdu I
HIN 201 Hindi/Urdu III
ITA 101 Italian I
ITA 102 Italian II
ITA 201 Italian III
ITA 202 Italian IV
JPS 101 Japanese I
JPS 201 Japanese III
KOR 101 Korean I
KOR 201 Korean III
LAT 101 Latin I
LAT 102 Latin II
POR 101 Portuguese I
POR 201 Portuguese III
RUS 101 Russian I
RUS 201 Russian III
SPA 101 Spanish I
SPA 102 Spanish II
SPA 201 Spanish III
SPA 202 Spanish IV
TRK 101 Turkish I
TRK 201 Turkish III

Social Sciences (SS)

(each course is 3 credits unless otherwise noted.  See guidelines for Box B in the FTES instructions for the chosen social science major when selecting courses from this list.)

Dept # Course Title
AAS 112 Introduction to African American Studies
ANT 111 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANT 141 Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory
ECN 101 Principles of Microeconomics
ECN 203 Economic Ideas and Issues
GEO 103 Environment and Society
GEO 171 Human Geographies
HST 101 American History to 1865
HST 121 Global History to 1750
HST 208 The Middle East since the Rise of Islam
HST 213 Africa: Ancient Times to 1800
MAX 123 Critical Issues for the United States
MAX 132 Global Community
PST 101 An Introduction to the Analysis of Public Policy
PST 110 Public Service Practicum (1 credit)
PSC 121 American National Government and Politics
PSC 123 Comparative Government and Politics
PSC 124 International Relations
PSC 125 Political Theory
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 248 Ethnic Inequalities and Intergroup Relations
SOC 281 Sociology of Families

Natural Sciences and Mathematics (SM)

(Credits noted.  Some courses have required laboratories.)

Dept # Course Title Credits
AST 101 Our Corner of the Universe 4
BIO 105 Technology Inspired by Nature 3
BIO 121 General Biology I 4
CHE 103 Chemistry in the Modern World 3
CHE 106 General Chemistry Lecture I (must also take CHE 107) 3
CHE 107 General Chemistry Laboratory I (must also take CHE 106) 1
CSD 212 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders 3
EAR 104 Earth Science Lab (must also take EAR 105) 1
EAR 105 Earth Science (EAR 104 lab is optional, but should be taken with EAR 105 if a lab science is desired in the fall.) 3
EAR 225 Volcanoes and Earthquakes 3
GEO 155 The Natural Environment 3
PHY 101 Major Concepts of Physics I 4
PHY 211 General Physics I (Prereq or Coreq – Calculus I; Coreq: PHY 221) 3
PHY 212 General Physics II (Prereq or Coreq – Calculus II; Coreq: PHY 222) 3
PHY 221 General Physics Laboratory I (Coreq: PHY 211) 1
PHY 222 General Physics Laboratory II (Coreq: PHY 212) 1
SCI 104 Science-Questions and Quests: Physical Phenomena I 3