Spanish Teaching

Spanish Teaching
Hours60 - 88 Credit Hours
LEPLimited Enrollment Program of 50 Students.
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

The Spanish and Portuguese Department requires a minimum of 18 upper-division major hours to be taken in residence at BYU for this degree program. These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
For students accepted into the major after August 1, 2014, grades below C in any required coursework in a teaching major or teaching minor will not be accepted. Teacher candidates must maintain a total GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the program and to qualify for student teaching. For details on admission and retention requirements for teaching majors and teaching minors, see Educator Preparation Program (EPP) Requirements in the undergraduate catalog.
A teaching minor in another subject is strongly recommended. Teaching opportunities in public schools may be significantly reduced without a second teaching subject that a teaching minor provides.
requirement 1
Prerequisite courses:
Complete the following prerequisite courses: Span 105, 106, 205, 206.
Complete one of the following prerequisite courses: Span 211R or Span 212R.
Note 1: Native speakers and returned missionaries normally start with Span 321; however, returned missionaries who wish to strengthen their language skills may start with Span 206.
Note 2: These prerequisite courses may be waived for those having sufficient proficiency with the language.
requirement 3 Complete 6.0 hours from the following course(s)
requirement 4 Complete 1 option
option 4.1 Complete 1 course
Note 1: An ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Writing Proficiency Test, Reading Comprehension Test, and Listening comprehension Test are taken in connection with Span 491. Before applying to student teach, students must achieve a minimum OPI rating of "Advanced-Low" to obtain Utah state licensure and to graduate.
Note 2: To qualify for Utah licensure, students must also pass the Praxis Spanish World Language exam at the state-specified cutoff level prior to student teaching. Contact Education Student Services or check their website for more information.
requirement 5 Complete 2 options
Professional Education Component:
Licensure Requirements: Contact the Education Advisement Center, 350 MCKB, 422-3426, to schedule the final interview to clear your application for the secondary teaching license. You should be registered for your last semester at BYU prior to the scheduled appointment.
option 5.2 Complete 12.0 hours from the following course(s)
SC ED 476R - (Not currently offered)
Student teachers/interns must complete three forms in their LiveText accounts (PIBS, CDS, FED) and attach their TWS to the LiveText account for their program. All four must be completed to be cleared for graduation.
Note: Students are strongly encouraged to participate in a Spanish language/culture immersion experience, such as an LDS mission, Study Abroad program, internship, a semester in the Foreign Language Student Residence, or a service learning course.
Program Outcomes

Language Competence

Students will speak, listen, read, and write Spanish at the ACTFL Advanced level or higher.

Cultural Competence

Students will identify cultural practices (e.g., customs and traditions) and cultural products (e.g., literatures, arts, institutions, and individuals) from the Spanish-speaking world, place them in their historical, political, and social contexts, and interpret the unique perspectives on human experience that they reveal.

Critical Thinking and Expression

Students will analyze language, literary texts, and other cultural products and practices using sound thinking and clear expression.

Utah Effective Teaching Standards

Meet the Utah Effective Teaching Standards (UETS) at the basic competence level, including the ability to: Create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning, plan effective standards-based lessons, teach with a variety of instructional strategies suited to the needs of their students, and assess their students' learning.

Five Commitments

Demonstrate the dispositions found within the five commitments of the BYU-PSP vision statement.