Spanish Education BA Program
The Spanish Education Program at Syracuse University is a joint program in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics and in the School of Education's Teaching and Leadership program. The program combines course work in Spanish language, literature, linguistics, and culture with the education courses needed to move a student toward certification to teach Spanish in grades 7-12. Students earn one B.A. degree given dually by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education. The Spanish Education major cannot be completed without dual enrollment in both colleges, and completion of the Spanish major. Undergraduate students are admitted to the Spanish Education program one of three ways: Students who are entering from another SU college must meet with both colleges. Arts and Sciences IUTs are handled by the Advising and Academic Support Office, 323 Hall of Language. Deadlines apply. Study abroad in a SU Abroad’s centers in either Santiago, Chile or Madrid, Spain is highly encouraged and is relatively easy to do for Spanish Education students. Courses taken in those centers can be applied toward both the Spanish and the core liberal arts requirement of the Spanish Education major.
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The Spanish Education Program at Syracuse University is a joint program in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics and in the School of Education's Teaching and Leadership program. The program combines course work in Spanish language, literature, linguistics, and culture with the education courses needed to move a student toward certification to teach Spanish in grades 7-12.
Students earn one B.A. degree given dually by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education. The Spanish Education major cannot be completed without dual enrollment in both colleges, and completion of the Spanish major.
Undergraduate students are admitted to the Spanish Education program one of three ways:
Students who are entering from another SU college must meet with both colleges. Arts and Sciences IUTs are handled by the Advising and Academic Support Office, 323 Hall of Language. Deadlines apply.The admissions process should be completed as early as possible to achieve ideal course sequencing and completion of the program within four years. Admission and good standing in the program require a minimum of 3.0 cumulative grade point average, a 3.0 in Spanish courses and a 3.0 in required education courses taken to date.
Study abroad in a SU Abroad’s centers in either Santiago, Chile or Madrid, Spain is highly encouraged and is relatively easy to do for Spanish Education students. Courses taken in those centers can be applied toward both the Spanish and the core liberal arts requirement of the Spanish Education major.
Professional Education Requirements(+)
The Spanish Education program currently meets the academic requirements for New York State initial teacher certification to teach Spanish in grades 7-12.
There are additional requirements for both initial and professional certification. The requirements are outlined athttp://soe.syr.edu/current/student_services/Certification.aspx
Spanish Education Requirements
Note: Monitoring of completion of degree requirements is a joint effort of the students, the Spanish Education advisor, the Arts and Sciences Advising and Student Support Office, and the School of Education Academic and Student Services Office. Students may need to consult more than one advising source for information.
1. Completion of a minimum of 123 credits.
2. Completion of a minimum of 90 Arts and Sciences credits, not including LIN 471 or SPA 403, but including EDU 310.
3. Completion of the College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Arts core, keeping in mind that some courses may meet more than one requirement at the same time. (This is important for completing requirements efficiently, and for freeing up possible room for Arts and Sciences electives.) The following must be included:
- One course in mathematics (not including MAT 112)
- One history course
- One social science course that isn’t history or psychology
- One artistic expression A&S course – e.g., history of art or music (HOA, HOM), or AAS course on art or music.
- Note: these courses may be taken in Spanish abroad, if available.
4. Completion of the Spanish major: SPA 202 (which assumes 12 credits of prerequisites – more advanced students may substitute a different upper division course for 202), and 24 upper division credits including SPA 301 Approaches to Reading Texts, and at least 12 of these credits at the advanced 400 level.
Spanish majors who are also Spanish Education majors must also include the following in their in the 24 upper division credits:
SPA 302 – Advanced Language Usage
SPA 321 – Introduction to Spanish Literature
SPA 322 – Introduction to Latin American Literature
SPA 435 – Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
SPA 436 – Structure of Spanish
SPA 4xx – course specifically on Latin America
SPA 4xx – course specifically on Spain
SPA 403 - Introduction to Teaching Spanish
LIN 421 - Introduction to Teaching Languages
5. Completion of the professional education sequence listed below.
Professional Education requirements:
a) EDU 204 Principles of Learning in Inclusive Classrooms - May be taken as early as second semester freshman year. Unless not possible because of transfer, should be taken no later than the sophomore year. Offered both semesters. Half-day field experience (total of at least 25 hours) is required, primarily observational and tutoring.
b) EDU 304 Study of Teaching - Should be taken after EDU 204 (unless a late transfer who has to take EDU 204 and 304 concurrently in the fall prior to the Candidacy semester). Encouraged for the sophomore year, but no later than the fall of the junior year (semester prior to Candidacy semester). Offered both semesters. Half-day field experience (total of at least 25 hours) is required, primarily observational.
c) EDU 310 American School - May be taken as early as the sophomore year. Does not need to be taken before student teaching. Offered both semesters.
d) WRT 205 (see Liberal Arts Core section).
e) RED 326 Literacy Across the Curriculum - Will be taken in the sophomore year or first semester junior year. Includes at least 25 hours of literacy tutoring and observation.
f) Successfully completing workshop(s)/course(s) on identifying and reporting child abuse; drugs, alcohol and tobacco; first safety; and other issues teachers may face, and training related to the Dignity for All Students Act, before the candidacy student teaching semester.
g) Candidacy student teaching semester (spring only).
- Student teaching application filed (See advisor. Turn in completed application to the Field Placement Office, 172 Huntington Hall, no later than the end of the previous spring semester.)
- 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA.
- 3.0 minimum education (required courses) GPA, and completion of at least EDU 204, EDU 304, and RED 326.
- 3.0 minimum content GPA (all SPA courses).
- Completion of a sufficient number of Spanish credits determined by faculty review.
- Spanish proficiency test with a result of advanced-mid or higher on the ACTFL proficiency scale.
- Successful review of all appropriate student assessment proficiencies and dispositions (see other documents for details).
- Successful review of the entrance portfolio.
LIN 421 Introduction to Methodology of Teaching Languages (3)
SPE 412 Adapting Instruction for Diverse Student Needs (3)
EDU 508 Student Teaching/Candidacy/Spanish (including SU’s spring break) (3)
h) Standard Student Teaching Semester (fall only) EDU 508 Student Teaching (9 credits)
- Successful completion of the Candidacy Student Teaching semester, including successful review of all appropriate student assessment proficiencies and dispositions.
- 3.0 cumulative average and averages in both Spanish courses and required education courses.
- Completion of a sufficient number of Spanish credits, determined by faculty review.
- Successful portfolio review.
EDU 508 Student Teaching/Spanish (9)
SPA 403 Advanced Methods for teaching Spanish (3)
Students should plan to take only the above 12 credits in this semester, to be able to give more full attention to student teaching. The student teaching placement is for the full school day, for a minimum of 10-11 weeks. Students follow the teacher (not student) schedule for arrival and departure. Toward the end of this experience, students must also successfully present an exit portfolio.
Please note: Although there is no teacher certification to teach Spanish in the elementary grades, those interested in Spanish and in teaching all subjects within grades 1-6 might consider the School of Education’s Inclusive Elementary and Special Education program, selecting a Spanish major as their liberal arts area. For more information, please see the following link:
Spanish Education Advising(+)
Spanish Education students are advised by M. Emma Ticio Quesada (328 H.B. Crouse Hall, 315-443-5488; email@example.com). The Arts and Sciences Advising and Academic Support Office, 323 Hall of Languages, also assists students, and participates in the monitoring of progress toward meeting general degree requirements. Spanish Education freshmen (or transfers, when new) should meet with Marie Sarno (Program Specialist, Teaching and Leadership Programs, 138 Huntington Hall - 315-443-2685 for appointment) to complete a plan for their upcoming semesters. During this time, students will be assigned to particular semesters for professional courses.
Spanish Education Course Descriptions(+)
These Spanish courses coincide with the Professional Education Requirements. Please see the program requirements page for the Spanish Education major.
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SPRING 2014 Course Offerings
|Spanish Grammar Course Listings|
|SPA 101:Spanish I (4 credits) fall and spring semesters|
|Introductory proficiency-based course which prepares students to understand, speak, read, and write in culturally authentic contexts. Activities are conducted in Spanish. No prior experience or admission by placement testing.|
|SPA 102: Spanish II (4 credits) fall and spring semester|
|Continuing proficiency-based course which develops communicative abilities in speaking, listening, reading,and writing in culturally authentic contexts. Activities are conducted in Spanish. Prereq:SPA 101 or admission by placement testing.|
|SPA 201 Spanish III (4 credits) fall and spring semester|
|Continuing proficiency-based course, which refines and expands previously acquired linguistic skills in culturally authentic contexts. Activities are conducted in Spanish Prereq.:|
|SPA 202 Spanish IV (4 credits) (3 credits count toward major or minor) fall and spring semester|
|Continuing proficiency based course which focuses on reading,discussing, and analyzing authentic texts as a basis for the expression and interpretation of meaning. Conducted in Spanish. Prereq:SPA 201 or admission by placement testing.|
|SPA 211 Spanish Intermediate Oral Practice (1 credit) fall and spring semesters|
|Additional practice for students in SPA 201 or 202. Attention confined to the spoken language. May be repeated for credit.|
|SPA 212 Intermediate Oral practice (1 credit) fall and spring semesters|
|Additional practice for students in SPA 201 or 202. Attention confined to the spoken language. May be repeated for credit.|
|Spanish Upper Division Course Listings|
|SPA 301 Approaches to Reading Texts (3 credtis) fall and spring semesters|
|Introduction to reading and analyzing texts written in Spanish. Prereq: SPA 202 or equivalent. Required for all SPA majors and minors|
|SPA 302 Advanced Language Usage (3 credtis) fall and spring semester|
|Combines readings of popular texts and writings of small essays. Grammatical knowledge will begained through practice.|
|SPA 321 Introduction to Spanish Literature (3 credits) fall and spring semester|
|Introductory-level study of representative literary texts of Spain from the 12th century to the present. Prereq: SPA 202 or equivalent.|
|SPA 322 Introduction to Latin American Literature (3 credits) fall and spring semester|
|Modern and contemporary representative Latin American texts. Prereq: SPA 202 or equivalent.|
|SPA/LAS 326 Beyond the Screen: Latin American and Spanish Film (3 credits)|
|Film theories (historical, auteur, national, etc.) and terminology, trends in film, women in film, problems with cultural representation. Prereq: SPA 202|
|SPA 400 Selected Topics in Spanish (3 credits)|
|SPA 403 Advanced Methods of Teaching Spanish(3 credits)|
|This course is a follow up on the course on second language acquisition theory and research offered as LIN 421. It is assumed that students are familiar with a variety of general approaches to modern language teaching. The course is both theoretical and practical and students will be able not only to update their knowledge about the latest methodological trends, but also to develop the practical aspects of teaching Spanish as a second language in a formal in-class setting. With this goal in mind, much of the course consists on hands-on experience, discussion and practical application to promote meaningful active learning, including an observation of peers' teaching, to critique their peer's work and use peer evaluations to improve their own work. Students will develop skills in curriculum development tasks such as the use of culturally-authentic materials and performance-based assessment as they create units and lessons that promote successful language learning for students. In addition, they will learn to assess materials and will create and test effective materials for the teaching of Spanish. Finally, to introduce students to the latest developments in the field of teaching Spanish, there will be an examination and discussion of the use of technologies as didactic aids in the teaching/learning of Spanish.|
|SPA 431/631 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology (3 credits)|
|Introduction to formal linguistic analysis of the Spanish sound system. Survey of dialectal variation. Additional work required of graduate students. Prereq: SPA 202 is required of undergraduate students.|
|SPA/LAS 433 Business Spanish (3 credits) fall and spring semester|
|Language usage in relation to Spanish and Latin American business. Prereq: SPA 202.|
|SPA 436/636 The Structure of Spanish (3 credits)|
|Introduction to the formal linguistic analysis of the structure of Spanish sentences. Additional work required of graduate students. Prereq: SPA 202 is required of undergraduate students.|
|SPA 441 Medieval and Golden Age Literature (3 credits)|
|Critical reading and discussion of significant literary works drawn from the Middle Ages and the 16th and 17th centuries. Prereq: SPA 202|
|SPA 443 Cervantes (3 credits)|
|Don Quijote, with selecions from other representative works by Cervantes. Prereq: SPA 202|
|SPA 451 Spanish Identities and Cultures (3 credits)|
|Literary works will include texts by Jovellanos, Feijoo, Larra, Pardo Bazï¿½n, Ganivet, Unamuno, Goytisolo, Martï¿½n Gaite, and Subirats,among others. Prereq: SPA 202|
|SPA 453 Spanish Literature (20th Century) (3 credits)|
|Diachronic study of the Spanish short story and poetry. Emphasis on the different modes of neorealism, experimentalism, and the most recent trends. Prereq: SPA 202|
|SPA 455 Romantics and Realists: Gender Politics in Spanish Literature and Film (3 credits)|
|Analyze the invention of notions like literature, women, and nation in Spain. Representations of women in literary and cinematic texts. Prereq: SPA 202|
|SPA 457 Civil War to Contemporary Spanish Lit. and Culture (3 credits)|
|Spanish writers during and after Franco's dictatorship. Literary works will include texts by Laforet, Cela, Martin Gaite, Rodereda, Gil de Biedma, Montero, Riera, and Millás, among others. Prereq: SPA 202|
|SPA 458 20th Century Spanish Theater (3 credits)|
|Diachronic study of the Spanish theater. Literary works will include texts by Valle-Inclán, García Lorca, Sastre, Buero Vallejo, Arrabal, Pedrero, and Onetti, among others. Prereq: SPA 202|
|SPA 461 Nobel Prize Writers of the Spanish-Speaking World (3 credits)|
|Presents works by 10 Nobel Laureates in Spanish. Prereq: SPA 202|
|SPA/LAS 463 Contemporary latin American Theater (3 credits)|
|Introduction to major theater works and movements in 20th-century Latin America. Prereq: SPA 202|
|SPA 465 Literature and Popular Culture (3 credits)|
|Mass culture and post modernism. Interactions between mass media culture, art, and politics in Latin America. Prereq: SPA 202|
|SPA 467 Film and Literature (3 credits)|
|A critical study of books made into film in Latin American literature. Prereq: SPA 202|
|SPA/LAS 471 Contemporary Latin American Literature (3 credits)|
|Latin American literature from the 1920's to the present. Emphasizes the development of the contemporary novel. Prereq: SPA 202|
|SPA/WSP/LAS 475 Woman, Myth, and Nation in Latin American Literature (3 credits)|
|Myths about women and nation. Modern interpretations and reconstructions of these myths in contemporary literature by Latin American women writers. Literary texts with theories on myth. Representation and "real" constructions of feminine and national identities in different regions of Latin America. Prereq: SPA 202|
|SPA/LAS 479 Perspectives on Mexico and Central America: Literature, Art, Film (3 credits)|
|Literary works, films, and arts created in Central America. Topics include perspectives on indigenism, feminine and masculine identities, religion, politics, technology and its future implications in those countries. Prereq: SPA 202|
|SPA/LAS 481 The Literature of Latinos in the United States (3 credits)|
|Short stories and poetry written in Spanish by Latinos. Themes such as identity, language, and culture.|
|SPA/LAS 489 Hispanic Caribbean Narrative and Film (3 credits)|
|Texts in Spanish by Caribbean writers. Explores themes such as women, politics, death, identity. Readings are accompanied by films and followed by critical theory and analysis. Prereq: SPA 202|
|SPA/LAS 493 Afro-Hispanic Topics in Caribbean Literature (3 credits)|
|Caribbean African-Hispanic literature (poetry and short stories) with different areas of social and political interest. Emphasis on different Caribbean religions. Prereq: SPA 202|
|SPA/LAS 495 Marginal Cultures in Hispanic Caribbean Literature (3 credits)|
|Caribbean poetry and short stories about race, gender, and homo-eroticism. Includes social, political, and cultural readings. Prereq: SPA 202|
|SPA/LAS 497 Text and Context in Cuban Revolutionary Literature (3 credits)|
|Literary works of the Cuban revolutionary period by Cuban and Cuban-American authors from different literary and political points of view. Prereq: SPA 202|
|LIN 421 (3 credits)|
|This course is an introduction to the teaching of languages, including English (TESOL) and languages other than English (TLOTE/FLT). Through lectures, readings, discussions, and practical exercises, we will explore the contexts in which languages are taught and learned, methods and materials that have been used to teach languages, and the theories underlying these. This introduction is intended for those contemplating a career in the teaching of languages or a related area. Satisfactory completion of the course will provide basic knowledge and some simulated experience of language teaching.|