Spanish with Teacher Licensure
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Open up a world of enhanced travel, new employment opportunities, and a greater appreciation for diversity.
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.
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 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.
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.
In addition to the Gardner-Webb University general education program requirements, students will be required to complete 30 hours of upper-division Spanish courses, 8 hours of practicum, and 23 hours within the required Professional Education Minor.
Students will select a Practicum relevant to the grade level (K–6, 6–9, or 9–12) at which they intend to teach. Students will observe and practice in a public school for one hour per week, with weekly meetings with supervising instructor for discussion and reports on classroom experiences and assigned readings.
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.
Additional information about these options, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.
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.
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