The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Spanish (Teacher Certification), Bachelor of Arts

 This program leads to a profession which requires an occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code 58.001 This requires that all applicants seeking to become licensed must undergo a criminal background check prior to licensure. Students in this program should check with the College of Education and P-16 Integration on the requirements for a criminal background check prior to student teaching.

Globalization and the Internet Revolution have intensified contact among cultures, and hence an education in multiple languages and technology is an absolute imperative in the new millennium. Pursuing a B.A. in Spanish with Teacher Certification not only insures bilingual and bicultural competencies, but also fosters critical and creative thinking skills through the study of literature, linguistics, curriculum, pedagogy, cognition, Culture, and cultures. Our program promotes these skills by introducing students to philosophical issues examined in literature and art; to writing and analytical skills; to professional teaching skills; and to the rich cultural complexities of languages, peoples, and nations across the globe. In addition to Education (public and private K-12 schools, student exchange programs, corporate programs for foreign transfers), a student with a BA degree in Spanish Education may consider work in the following areas: government (armed forces, Department of Justice, US Citizenship and Immigration Service), non-profit organizations (civic organizations, international exchange programs, social work and social services), commerce (customer service, translation and interpretation, research, marketing firms), travel and tourism (airlines and airports, travel agencies, convention centers), arts media & entertainment (advertising, foreign news agencies, museums) or public service (civil service, international service organizations, social and rehab services).

Core Curriculum - 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculumas outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once.

Major Requirements - 48 Hours

Required Courses - 36 hours

This degree plan includes courses that appear in more than one section of the degree plan. Except for core curriculum courses, such courses can only be used to fulfill one requirement on the degree plan and credit hours will only applied once.

Students are placed into a sequence and a level based on the proficiency exam or departmental approval. All students need 36 hours to satisfy the required courses. If a student starts higher than SPAN 2313, additional hours in SPAN will be needed in order to complete the 36 hours.

Language - 12 hours

Heritage Language
SPAN 2313Spanish for Heritage Language Learners II

3

SPAN 2315Spanish for Heritage Language Learners III

3

SPAN 3313Advanced Grammar & Composition Heritage Language Learners I

3

SPAN 3315Advanced Grammar & Composition Heritage Language Learners II

3

OR
Second Language
SPAN 2312Intermediate Spanish II

3

SPAN 2314Intermediate Grammar and Composition

3

SPAN 3300Advanced Spanish Grammar & Composition I

3

SPAN 3301Advanced Spanish Grammar & Composition II

3

Literature and Creative Writing - 3 hours

SPAN 3314Techniques of Literary Analysis

3

Literature and Creative Writing Electives - 9 hours

Choose from:
SPAN 3317Introduction to Spanish Literature

3

SPAN 3318Introduction to Latin American Literature

3

SPAN 3308/MASC 3308Introduction to Latina/o Literature

3

SPAN 3329Creative Writing in Spanish

3

Linguistics - 6 hours

SPAN 3350Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

3

SPAN 3351Spanish Phonology & Phonetics

3

Linguistics Electives - 3 hours

Choose from:
SPAN 4310Spanish Applied Linguistics

3

SPAN 4311Spanish in Social Context

3

Seminar - 3 hours

SPAN 4380Senior Seminar

3

Prescribed Electives - 12 hours

Choose 12 hours (at least 6 advanced) with one course in three different areas.

Literature and Culture

SPAN 3338The Hispanic World

3

SPAN 4318Spanish Language Media Studies

3

SPAN 4320The Mexican Novel

3

SPAN 4321Mexican Literature

3

SPAN 4322Cervantes

3

SPAN 4323Spanish American Novel

3

SPAN 4324Medieval Spanish Literature

3

SPAN 4325Contemporary Spanish Literature

3

SPAN 4326Chicano Narrative

3

SPAN 4331The Spanish American Short Story

3

SPAN 4332The Spanish American Essay

3

SPAN 4333Golden Age Prose

3

SPAN 4335Special Topics in Hispanic Literatures

3

SPAN 4336Literature and Journalism in the Spanish Speaking World

3

SPAN 4337Spanish Lyric Poetry

3

SPAN 4338Children's Literature in Spanish

3

SPAN 4350Spanish Civilization

3

SPAN 4352Hispanic Theater

3

SPAN 4360Topics Studies in Hispanic Culture

3

Linguistics

SPAN 4310Spanish Applied Linguistics

3

SPAN 4311Spanish in Social Context

3

SPAN 4312History of the Spanish Language

3

SPAN 4314Structure of the Spanish Language

3

SPAN 4315Acquisition of the Spanish Language

3

SPAN 4317Special Topics in Hispanic Linguistics

3

SPAN 4370Teaching Spanish as a Heritage Language

3

Creative Writing

SPAN 3329Creative Writing in Spanish

3

SPAN 3330CW in Spanish: Narrative

3

SPAN 3331CW in Spanish: Poetry and Prose Poetry

3

SPAN 3332CW in Spanish: Playwriting

3

SPAN 3333CW in Spanish: Special Topics

3

Translation and Interpreting and Medical Spanish

Translation and Interpreting - Choose from
TRSP 3341/SPAN 3341Introduction to Spanish/English Translation

3

TRSP 3342/SPAN 3342Advanced Spanish to English Translation

3

TRSP 3343/SPAN 3343Advanced English to Spanish Translation

3

TRSP 3344Advanced Spanish for Healthcare Professionals I

3

TRSP 4342/SPAN 4342Interpreting

3

Medical Spanish - Choose from
SPAN 2317Spanish for Healthcare Professionals I

3

SPAN 2318Spanish for Healthcare Professionals II

3

SPAN 3348Advanced Spanish for Healthcare Professionals

3

SPAN 4348/TRSP 4348/MASC 4348Spanish for Healthcare Professionals and Latino Health

3

Teacher Certification - 30 Hours

Area of Certification: Spanish (EC-12)

EDFR 2301Intercultural Context of Schooling

3

EDUC 3301The Teaching Profession and Student Learning in Contemporary Schools

3

EDUC 3302Knowledge of Student Development and Learning

3

EDUC 3304Instructional Planning and Assessment in Culturally Sustaining Classrooms

3

EDUC 3306Evidence-Based Teaching in Positive Learning Environments

3

EDUC 4306Implementing and Assessing Effective Secondary Content Pedagogy

3

READ 4305Disciplinary Literacy in Content Area Classrooms

3

EDUC 4611Student Teaching Secondary or All-Level

6

SPAN 4370Teaching Spanish as a Heritage Language

3

Language Placement

Spanish readiness: SPAN 1311 Beginning Spanish I or SPAN 1312 Beginning Spanish II do not count toward hours in the major for second language learners of Spanish required to take one or both of these courses as determined through the departmental placement exam. Hours from SPAN 1311 and SPAN 1312 can count towards free electives as applicable. 

Department Exam can be used to fulfill this requirement. CLEP or AP exams cannot fulfill this requirement.

Heritage Language

SPAN 1315 Spanish for Heritage Language Learners I

OR

Second Language

SPAN 1311 Beginning Spanish I

SPAN 1312 Beginning Spanish II

SPAN 2311 Intermediate Spanish I for Non-Native Speakers

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Admissions Requirements  

Admission requirements required for this program beyond university admission requirements. 

Admission to the Teacher Education Program at the Office of Educator Preparation and Accountability is required for completion of teacher certification requirements with the undergraduate degree. All admission requirements are in accordance to Texas Administrative Code rules §227.10 and the HEA Title II accountability requirements. All applicants must meet the current certification requirements in effect at the time of application, regardless of the catalog year of degree plan.  For current admission requirements, application process and timeline visit the Office of Educator Preparation and Accountability admissions site

Major Progression Requirements 

Progression requirements required for this program. 

Teacher Education Program progression requirements include GPA, course grades, certification courses, benchmarks/key assessments and testing.  Admission to the Clinical Teaching Program is required for successful completion of the teacher education program. For current clinical teaching program admission, application process and timeline visit the Office of Educator Preparation Accountability clinical teaching site

Major Graduation Requirements 

Specific graduation requirements required for this program beyond university bachelor’s degree requirements.  

Must complete the following courses with a minimum grade of 'C' or by passing the departmental proficiency exam: 

SPAN 1311 Beginning Spanish I
SPAN 1312 Beginning Spanish II        
SPAN 2311 Intermediate Spanish I        
SPAN 2312 Intermediate Spanish II       
SPAN 2314 Intermediate Grammar and Composition       
SPAN 3300 Advanced Grammar & Composition I       
SPAN 3301 Advanced Grammar & Composition II 

OR 

SPAN 2313 Spanish for Heritage Language Learners II 
SPAN 2315 Spanish for Heritage Language Learners III 
SPAN 3313 Advanced Grammar and Composition for Heritage Language Learners I 
SPAN 3315 Advanced Grammar and Composition for Heritage Language Learners II