2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 16, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Spanish Education (Dual), BA (Not Admitting Students)

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This program is no longer admitting students as of fall 2023.


For Intra-University Transfers:
Arts and Sciences: Advising and Academic Support Office, 323 Hall of Languages, 315-443-3150, casadvising@syr.edu
School of Education: Office of Academic and Student Services, https://soe.syr.edu/students/academic-services/.
Sharon Dotger, Faculty Director of Teacher Education and Undergraduate Studies, 315-443-9138, sdotger@syr.edu

Program Contact:

Gail Bulman, gabulman@syr.edu

The Spanish Education program at Syracuse University is a dual program between the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences, in which students earn one degree (B.A.) with majors from each school/college. The program meets the academic requirements for New York State certification to teach Spanish in grades 7-12.  Successful completion of certification examinations, an application, and a background check are also required for New York State teacher certification.

Program requirements include:

  • Liberal Arts Core and electives
  • Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture major requirements
  • Spanish Education professional education courses and experiences in schools

When planning their sequence of courses, students should keep in mind that at least 6 credits of education including student teaching are required in the fall of the senior year in order to meet the prerequisites for the spring student teaching experience. As many content (Spanish) courses as possible should be completed by the end of the junior year.

A total of 124 credits is required, with 96 of these (including EDU 310) from the College of Arts and Sciences. Some students may need to complete total program credits that are slightly greater than 124.

Students seeking one of the following majors in English, Mathematics, Science Education Biology, Science Education Chemistry, Science Education Earth Science, Science Education Physics, Social Studies Education, and Spanish Education) while dually enrolled in the School of Education and Arts and Sciences|Maxwell will complete a minimum of 124-127 credits, including the Liberal Arts Core requirements, with some specified courses in the content area to be taught.


A minimum of a 3.0 grade point average is required for admission to the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education dual enrollment program. GPA requirements for admission to the candidacy and standard student teaching semesters, and other prerequisites to these semesters, are mentioned below. Intra-University transfer to the School of Education is coordinated through the Office of Academic and Student Services, 111 Waverly Avenue, Suite 230, and a course sequencing plan must be completed with an advisor at the time of application.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Acquire knowledge of each student and demonstrate knowledge of student development and learning to promote achievement for all students

2. Know the content they are responsible for teaching and plan instruction that ensures growth and achievement for all students

3. Implement instruction that engages and challenges all students to meet or exceed the learning standards

4. Work with all students to create a dynamic learning environment that supports achievement and growth

5. Use multiple measures to assess and document student growth, evaluate instructional effectiveness, and modify instruction

6. Demonstrate professional responsibility and engage relevant stakeholders to maximize student growth, development, and learning

7. Set informed goals and strive for continuous professional growth

Program Requirements

Liberal Arts Requirements

Secondary Spanish education majors must complete the Liberal Arts Core curriculum with these additional specific requirements:

  • One mathematics (MAT) course from Liberal Arts Core Quantitative Skills List (3 credits)
  • One approved history (HST) course (3 credits)
  • One social science course (other than history (HST) or psychology (PSY)) (3 credits)
  • One arts related course within Arts and Sciences (HOA or HOM, or other approved humanities course focusing on one or more of the arts) (3 credits)

Note: If available, these may be courses taught in Spanish, although a petition may be necessary.

Spanish Content

Spanish Education students must complete the Spanish Language, Literature and Culture major as defined by the Languages, Literature and Linguistics Department, with some additional Spanish credits. 33 credits are required at the 300 level and above, with 21 credits (7 courses) of these at the 400 level. Spanish Education students must complete the following courses (including some not required of other Spanish  majors) within their programs, with at least 15 of the course credits completed on the SU campus:

Study Abroad

Study abroad in a SU Abroad’s centers in either Santiago, Chile or Madrid, Spain is highly encouraged and is relatively easy to do with careful planning.  Please note that if students choose to study abroad, it must be completed in the fall of junior year or spring of the sophomore year, as students must be on campus in the spring of their junior year and their senior year for required coursework.

Professional Education Courses

The professional sequence includes coursework, field experience and student teaching, and requirements other than coursework, described below.

The Professional Core Requires:

Candidacy Semester (fall of the senior year)

Note: The requirements listed below are for students completing the program in four years. Others would adjust accordingly, with the candidacy and second professional semester as late in the program as possible. However, the candidacy semester must be completed in a fall semester.

Prerequisites: enrollment in both majors; development of an acceptable professional portfolio (reviewed prior to the candidacy semester); a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, and 3.0 in required education and in content (Spanish) courses; completion of EDU 204 EDU 105 EDU 366 RED 326 ; a majority of SPA credits completed; a Spanish proficiency test with a result of advanced-mid or higher on the ACTFL proficiency scale; and appropriate progress toward meeting all of the program assessment proficiencies and dispositions.

Standard Student Teaching Semester (spring of senior year)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the candidacy semester and acceptable professional portfolio; completion of the required amount of credits in the content area; grade point averages at or above the minimums stated above; successful review of all appropriate student assessment proficiencies and dispositions.

  • EDU 508  - Student Teaching/Spanish (9 credits required)
  • SPA 403  - Advanced Methods for Teaching Spanish

Special Notes: Because this student teaching placement is a full-time, multi-week experience, no other daytime courses can be taken, and it is not advisable to plan more than 12 total credits in this semester, unless approved by an advisor.

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