Spanish B.A.– K-12 Teaching Emphasis Initial license in Foreign Language (K-Grade 12)

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact: Joy Landeira, Ph.D., Chair

Location: Candelaria 0295

Telephone: 970.351.2811


Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login;; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of four parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits
  4. Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) Credits

Program Description:

Students develop a functional proficiency in the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) with an appreciation and understanding of the civilization and culture of the Hispanic world. Students become competent secondary school teachers of Spanish.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • Students must earn a grade of “C” or better (GPA 2.0 or above) for all Spanish courses in the major.
  • All Spanish language courses to be counted for the major and minor must be beyond the first year level.

Program Recommendations:

It is recommended that Spanish majors take HIST 118 and MAS 100 and either MAS 110, MAS 337 or ENG 337. Students who wish to take additional electives may select HISP 102.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 6 credits

LAC area 3.d. — Foreign Languages

SPAN 201Intermediate Spanish I


SPAN 202Intermediate Spanish II


Remaining LAC— 34 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

2. Required Major — 33 credits

Take all of the following courses:

SPAN 301Spanish Grammar


SPAN 302Spanish Composition


SPAN 303Spanish Conversation and Film Studies


SPAN 304Introduction to Hispanic Literature


SPAN 305Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics


SPAN 455Literature for Children and Adolescents


SPAN 470Spanish for Oral Proficiency


Choose two of the following courses:

SPAN 321Spanish Civilization and Culture


SPAN 331Latin American Civilization and Culture


SPAN 341Mexican and Mexican American Civilization and Culture


Choose two of the following courses:

SPAN 450Masterpieces of Spanish Literature


SPAN 451Masterpieces of Latin American Literature


SPAN 457Masterpieces in Chicano/a Literature


3. University-Wide Credits — 9 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 9 credits.

4. Required PTEP — 38 credits

Phase I (5 credits taken concurrently)

EDFE 110 required semester before; see

STEP 161Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching I


EDF 366Conceptions of Schooling: Context and Process


Phase II (8 credits taken concurrently)

STEP 262Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching II


EDSE 360Adaptation, Modification, and Integration of Curriculum for the Secondary Exceptional Learner


PSY 349Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers


Phase III (11-14 credits taken concurrently)

EDFE 120 required semester before.

STEP 363Clinical Experience: Secondary


EDRD 340Developing Language and Literacy in the Content Areas


ET 449Integration of Technologies in Secondary Education Pedagogy


FL 341Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages


EDRD 340 may be taken outside of Phase III.

Phase IV (14 credits).

EDFE 130 required semester before.

STEP 464Secondary Student Teaching



See “Spanish Endorsement”.

Students wishing to be licensed must complete FL341.

It is recommended that Spanish majors take HIST 118 and either HIST 314 or HIST 315.

All Spanish language courses to be counted for the major and the minor must be beyond the first year level.

Courses with the SPAN prefix are taught in Spanish and courses with the HISP prefix are taught in English.

  • Candidates must pass the Praxis or Place test prior to Student Teaching.
  • Candidates may not take extra courses with Student Teaching without prior approval from the Program Coordinator and the STE Director.
  • All PTEP Field Experiences and methods courses need to be successfully completed prior to Student Teaching.
  • Student Teaching outside the supervision of UNC Faculty may or may not be approved.
  • Teacher Candidates will not be placed in a school where they were once students or where they have a close relative attending and/or working.

Heritage Speakers Option:

Heritage speakers of Spanish with program approval through placement test may substitute SPAN 310, SPAN 311 and SPAN 312 for SPAN 301, SPAN 302 and SPAN 303.

Required Major Credits — 9 credits

SPAN 310Spanish for Native Speakers


SPAN 311Spanish for Native Speakers


SPAN 312Written Spanish for Native Speakers


SPAN 310 and SPAN 311 are co-requisites.