GWU Spanish class

The Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with preparation for K-12 teacher licensure will give you the training and field experience to effectively educate students in Spanish as a second language.

Undergraduate Admissions

Your major in Spanish with Teacher Licensure will help you develop advanced proficiency speaking, reading, writing, and listening and give you the skills to share this information with students in your classroom. Through small, conversation-based classes, you’ll get plenty of opportunities to practice communication and build relationships with your classmates and professions. You’ll also explore the history, literature, culture, and even films of the Spanish-speaking world to gain meaningful context for the language. Majoring in Spanish will open up a world of enhanced travel, new employment opportunities, and a greater appreciation for diversity.


With the Professional Education minor, you’ll gain the knowledge and tools to become a Spanish teacher for K-12 students. You’ll learn about current standards of foreign language instruction, learning methods for teaching and techniques for classroom success, and effective communication of foreign language knowledge in the classroom. Through field teaching assignments and coaching from an experienced Spanish teacher, you’ll apply these skills through real-world practice.


As a student, you’ll have opportunities to study abroad, take part in missions, take part in weekly Spanish cultural gatherings, join Sigma Delta Pi (the National Collegiate Hispanic Honors Society), and be part of the Student NC Association of Educators, an organization to help develop your professional abilities while providing important networking and leadership opportunities.

Your degree in Spanish with Teacher Licensure and the language proficiency you acquire will prepare you for exciting opportunities in many fields including employment as a Spanish teacher for any grades K-12.


Gardner-Webb’s Spanish graduates are excelling in a variety of pursuits. One recent graduate is pursuing a master’s at Boston College. Another wrote a grant for the Cleveland County YMCA to help them reach Hispanics in the community. Several alumni are now high school Spanish teachers.

In addition to the Gardner-Webb University general education program requirements, an additional 36 hours of credit is required for the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with Teacher Licensure degree. The major also requires the completion of a 15-week student teacher assignment during the final semester, as well as reaching a minimum level of Intermediate High on the ACTFL Proficiency exam to prove their competencies for licensure in North Carolina.

The Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with Teacher Licensure requires a minor in Professional Education. The minor includes 23 credit hours. Students will not be permitted to complete more than 50 percent of the minor until formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Students must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program a minimum of one full semester prior to the semester in which they student teach.

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