Spanish Bachelor of Arts in Education

The Spanish Bachelor of Arts in Education program is available on both the Tahlequah and the Broken Arrow campuses. All courses from the elementary through the advanced levels are available in Tahlequah; only the advanced courses are taught in Broken Arrow. All 3000 and 4000-level courses are taught in a blended format via web conferencing technology with students at both sites.

For more information about degree requirements, visit the NSU catalog.

Student Organizations: NSU Spanish Club and the Tau Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi (Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica)

For more information about the Spanish Education program on either campus, please contact the program chair, Dr. Arthur Wendorf.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Spanish Bachelor of Arts in Education degree program is to prepare Spanish teacher candidates who, consistent with the College of Education's Conceptual Framework, are teaching scholars in the field of Spanish, educational leaders in world languages, and developers of human potential through their role as instructors of language and culture.

The program assists students in acquiring an advanced level of proficiency (as defined by ACTFL, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) in all four language domains and in interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational forms of communication. Candidates will understand current language acquisition theories and use this knowledge to implement world language instructional practices that include target language input and meaningful interaction.

The program also helps students gain a high level of familiarity with both the products and practices of Hispanic cultures so that they can interact successfully with members of these cultures, appreciate their history and achievements, and integrate cultural information into their instruction.

Finally, the Spanish Bachelor of Arts in Education program develops teacher candidates who can promote language study and who seek continued professional development activities to improve their content-area and professional skills.

Spanish B.A.Ed. Degree Requirements and Course Rotation

The Spanish Bachelor of Arts in Education major consists of 40 credit hours of courses in language, linguistics, culture, and literature and also a methods course in world language teaching. The program includes a senior seminar course in which students complete a present a research project and prepare a portfolio of their work from selected upper-division Spanish courses and their pre-service internship experiences. Spanish Education majors take 29 hours in professional education in addition to the 40 hours of Spanish.

Any student planning to major in Spanish, whether in the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Arts in Education degree program, should begin language studies during his or her first semester at NSU. Students who took Spanish in high school should speak with the program coordinator about proper course placement, and if they took two or more years of the language, they should consider take the CLEP exam to obtain college credit. Native or heritage speakers of Spanish should also take the CLEP exam.

SPAN 2123, Intermediate Spanish II, is the prerequisite for 3000-level Spanish courses; 4000-level courses require additional prerequisites. Please consult the NSU catalog or the Spanish program coordinator for more information.

This table will help you plan the courses you can take each semester. Please see the Spanish Education program chair if you have any questions.

Number Course Semesters Offered
SPAN 1113 Elementary Spanish I1 Every Semester
SPAN 1123 Elementary Spanish II1 Every Fall & Spring
SPAN 2113 Intermediate Spanish I Every Fall
SPAN 2123 Intermediate Spanish II Every Spring
SPAN 2313 Intermediate Spanish Conversation Every Spring
SPAN 3113 Advanced Composition & Conversation I Every Fall
SPAN 3123 Advanced Composition & Conversation II Every Spring
SPAN 3223 Latino Cultures of the US Every Fall
SPAN 3503 Introduction to Hispanic Literature Every Spring
SPAN 4123 Advanced Spanish Grammar Every Spring
SPAN 4213 Culture & Civilization of Spain Alternate
Spring (Even Years)
SPAN 4223 Culture & Civilization of Spanish America Alternate Spring
(Odd Years)
SPAN 4503 Survey of Spanish Literature Alternate Fall
(Even Years)
SPAN 4553 Survey of Spanish-American Literature Alternate Fall
SPAN 4573 Survey of Spanish Linguistics Every Fall
SPAN 4043 Methods of Teaching World Languages Every Fall
SPAN 4951 Senior Seminar Every Fall & Spring

1Program prerequisites. May be satisfied by attaining the required score on the CLEP exam or by earning a grade of C or above in SPAN 2113. SPAN 1113 may be used to satisfy the Global Perspectives component of the general education requirement.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Programs at Northeastern State University that prepare students for initial licensure as educators are designed to meet the licensure standards set by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Students seeking licensure in another state are advised to contact the appropriate licensing board in that state to determine specific requirements of guidelines for reciprocity. Northeastern State University cannot confirm whether a particular licensure program meets requirements for licensure outside of the State of Oklahoma. For a list of the state departments of education that oversee professional teaching licensure, see the U.S. Department of Education website - State Contacts page.