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Ed/Spanish or ESL PreK-12 Init Licensure

This concentration is designed for the individual who holds a baccalaureate degree and wishes to become a licensed teacher of  Spanish or English as a Second Language (ESL).

Students admitted to the Spanish initial licensure concentration are expected to have an undergraduate major or minor in Spanish or be a native speaker of Spanish with a bachelor's degree. Students admitted to the English as a Second language must present the equivalent of at least three upper-level undergraduate courses in a foreign language, or may take these undergraduate courses during the course of their study in this program. All applicants must have a passing scores on one of the test outlined on the Office of Professional Services Teacher Preparation webpage.  Passing Praxis I scores OR equivalent SAT or ACT scores OR passing VCLA scores plus Praxis I or SAT or ACT passing math score, if applying to one of  the initial teaching licensure concentrations. Students may select Spanish or English as a Second Language as an area of concentration. An internship/professional semester is required and passing scores on the Praxis II (except for ESL candidates) test is required prior to enrollment in that semester.

Please note that courses with a SPAN prefix are offered during summer institutes for teachers, which are study abroad. In addition, courses may be offered occasionally during the fall or spring semester on the main campus. This program culminates in the taking of a comprehensive examination.

View Program Requirements

Core Education Requirements: (4)

  • Education 506 Contemporary Social Issues In American Education (3)
  • Education 521 Human Growth And Development (3)
  • Education 530 Teaching Reading In The Content Area (3)
  • Education 550 Classroom and Behavior Management for PreK-12 Teachers (3)
  • Education 699 Comprehensive Examination (0)
  • Psychology 553 Psycholinguistics (3)
  • Spanish/TESL 500 Approaches To Teaching Spanish/English As A Second Language (3)
  • Spanish/TESL 601 Graduate Directed Teaching Spanish/English As A Second Language (6)

Spanish Required Elective Courses: (15)

Select A Minimum Of Five Courses:

  • Spanish 501 Advanced Grammar Through Composition And Conversation (3)
  • Spanish 502 Advanced Conversation And Phonetics (3)
  • Spanish 520 Topics In Literature (3)
  • Spanish 521 The Teaching Of Literature (3)
  • Spanish 530 Topics In Culture And Civilization (3)
  • Spanish 531 The Teaching Of Culture And Civilization (3)
  • Spanish 595 Special Topics (1-3)

English As A Second Language Required Courses And Electives: (15)

  • Education 520 Literacy Development And Cultural Awareness (3)
  • Education 524 Emergent And Early Language Acquisition And Literacy Instruction (3)
  • English 579 Writing: Theory And Practice In The Middle, Secondary And College Classroom (3)

Select One:

  • English 541 Ethnic Literature (3)
  • English 542 Regional Literature (3)
  • English 543 Postcolonial Literature (3)
  • English 544 Literature And Culture (3)

Select One:

  • Spanish 501-595 (3)

Total Hours Required 39


Program Coordinator

Dr. Lily A. Goetz
Grainger 320

Summer Institutes for Teachers

Graduate courses in Spanish are offered during the Summer Institute for Spanish Teachers in Merida, Venezuela, and in Valencia, Spain, and change each year. Approximate dates each year are from July 5th through 30th; the application deadline is May 1st. In each study abroad experience, students may take two graduate Spanish courses and receive six credits while living with host families and sharing three meals per day with them. The program is very intensive; besides attending classes each day, students participate in visits to sites of cultural or historic significance and in social activities with the families and instructors.