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Secondary Spanish Education

Undergraduate Program

While The City College does not offer a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Spanish Education, undergraduate Spanish majors may complete the coursework for New York State initial certification to teach Spanish at the adolescent level (grades 7-12). This program seeks to provide secondary school teacher candidates with the expertise in the teaching of Spanish language, both as foreign language and a heritage language, and of Peninsular, Latin American and Latino literatures and cultures. While preparing for certification, candidates will learn to develop academically, linguistically and culturally enriching Spanish language education programs and to implement the necessary teaching practices related to these programs.

Students preparing to teach Spanish in the middle and secondary schools must complete the following courses in Education:

EDUC 20500

Adolescent Learning and Development
(15 hrs. of fieldwork)

3 cr.

EDCE 22200

     The School in American Society: Bilingual Education in the Urban School
(30 hrs. of fieldwork)

3 cr.

EDLS 32000

Introduction to Inclusive Education
(15 hrs. of fieldwork)

3 cr.

EDCE 35600

Language, Mind and Society

3 cr.

EDSE 41100

Field-based Inquiry: Teaching of Spanish
(30 hrs. of fieldwork, co-req. – EDSE 44500)

1 cr.

EDSE 41300

Teaching Writing and Reading in
Spanish in Secondary Schools
(15 hrs. of fieldwork)

3 cr.

EDUC 41900

Child Abuse and Health Education Seminar

0 cr.

EDSE 44500

Methods of Teaching in the
Secondary Schools – Spanish
(co-req. – EDSE 41100)

3 cr.

EDSE 46500

Student Teaching in Secondary Schools
(co-req. – EDSE 46600 & EDUC 41900)

4 cr.

EDSE 46600

Seminar on the Teaching of Spanish
and Literacy in Secondary Schools
(co-req. – EDSE 46500)

2 cr.



TOTAL: 25 credits

In addition, students must complete the following courses in Spanish. A GPA of 3.0 in Spanish is required to declare Secondary Spanish Education as a minor.

Required courses:

SPAN 32100

Problems of Spanish Grammar

3 cr.

SPAN 32200

Practice in Writing Spanish

3 cr.

SPAN 32700

Introduction to Spanish Linguistics for Teachers

3 cr.

SPAN 37300

Advanced Composition for Bilingual Education Students

3 cr.

SPAN 37400

Literature in Spanish for Children and Adolescents Living in the U.S.

3 cr.

SPAN 45400

Latino Culture and Literature in the U.S.

3 cr.



SUB-TOTAL: 18 credits

One course from Cluster I:

SPAN 35100

Studies in Spanish Literature I (RECOMMENDED)

3 cr.

SPAN 35200

Studies in Spanish Literature II

3 cr.

SPAN 45100

Spanish Civilization

3 cr.



SUB-TOTAL: 3 credits

Two courses from Cluster II:

SPAN 35300

Studies in Spanish American Literature (RECOMMENDED)

3 cr.

SPAN 45201

Topics in Spanish American Civilization I (RECOMMENDED)

3 cr.

SPAN 45202

Topics in Spanish American Civilization II

3 cr.



SUB-TOTAL: 6 credits

Three optional courses*:

9 cr.


SUB-TOTAL: 9 credits




TOTAL: 36 credits

* SPAN 32500 is HIGHLY recommended.