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Adolescence Education: Spanish (7-12) [ASP] (Major)

Students develop language skills and cultural awareness and acquire the pedagogical background necessary to teach Spanish in grades 7-12 in New York state. There is an admission to the program prerequisite of an overall grade point average of 2.5.

For additional information, visit the Modern Languages Department.

Career Potential

  • Spanish in the elementary school
    Note: Spanish adolescence education majors are eligible for Spanish K-6 extension by taking ICC 324: Foreign Language for the Elementary School
  • Middle school teacher
  • High school teacher

A. Required Spanish Core Courses: 12 credit hours
  • SPA 306 - Advanced Spanish Conversation (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 307 - Advanced Spanish Grammar (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 308 - Advanced Spanish Composition (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 318 - Spanish Peninsular Civilization (3 cr. hr.) or
  • SPA 319 - Latin American Civilization (3 cr. hr.)
B. Required Linguistics Course: 3 credit hours
  • ICC 353 - Linguistics for Language Teachers (3 cr. hr.)
C. Four Elective Spanish Courses: 12 credit hours

Choose courses in Spanish at the 300 level or above.

  • SPA 301 - Spanish Language Study in Mexico (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 313 - Survey of Spanish-American Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 315 - Survey of Spanish Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 317 - Literary Types in Spanish (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 320 - Spanish for the Professions (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 329 - Special Topics in Spanish (1-4 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 330 - Música de la España Contemporánea (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 355 - Spanish Pronunciation and Phonetics (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 411 - The Golden Age of Spanish Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 417 - Spanish Literature of the Nineteenth Century (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 419 - Literature of Twentieth Century Spain (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 421 - Spanish Literature of the Medieval Period (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 422 - Spanish-American Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 423 - Themes in Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 429 - Special Topics in Spanish (1-4 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 503 - The Grammatical Structure of Spanish (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 517 - Independent Study (1-3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 529 - Special Topics in Spanish (1-4 cr. hr.)
D. Two Spanish Courses at the 400 level: 6 credit hours

E. Core Professional Education Courses: 41-42 cr. hr.

Required courses

  • AED 437 - Methods of Teaching Second Languages in Middle/Junior and High Schools I (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 438 - Methods of Teaching Second Languages in Middle/Junior and High Schools II (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPE 275 - Teaching Students with Disabilities in Adolescence Classrooms (3 cr. hr.) SPE 275 must be taken concurrently with AED 438.
  • AED 439 - Student Teaching: Adolescence Education - Second Languages (14 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 471 - Foundations of Modern Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 110 - Personal and Community Health (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 199 - Critical School Health Issues (2 cr. hr.)
  • LIT 449 - Literacy in the Middle and Secondary School (3 cr. hr.)
Required prior to taking AED 437 and 438
  • AED 323 - Seminar for Field Experience (1 cr. hr.)
  • AED 391 - Introduction to Adolescence Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 232 - Adolescent Psychology (3 cr. hr.) or
  • PSY 332 - Educational Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
F. Eligibility for Student Teaching
  • A 2.5 grade point average overall
  • A 2.5 grade point average in required professional education course work
  • A 2.7 grade point average in major course work
  • 24 credit hours of SPA courses
  • A score of Intermediate High or better on the Oral Proficiency Interview
  • A grade of B or better in AED 437 and 438 methods block

Grade point averages are figured with all major and/or professional courses taken to date, even if not required prior to student teaching.

Required Workshops

Complete the following workshops prior to student teaching:

  • Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR)
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
  • Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE)
Additional Certification in TESOL Option

For students who wish to independently pursue additional certification in TESOL, the following substitutions may be allowed.

  • The ICC 353 requirement may be replaced with
    • ESL 302 - Applied Linguistics for Teachers of English as a Second Language.
  • The LIT 449 requirement may be replaced with either
    • ESL 400 - Teaching Reading in the Second Language Classroom or
    • ESL 401 - Teaching Writing in the Second Language Classroom.

Students should consult New York state certification requirements and with their program coordinator for more information.

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 120

Example of the B.A. over four years

Courses do not necessarily need to be taken in the sequence that appears below. Students are strongly encouraged to complete some of their requirements through study abroad.

First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16-17
  • 2 GE Courses
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 202 - Intermediate Spanish II (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15-16
  • 2 GE Courses
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 232 - Adolescent Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 306 - Advanced Spanish Conversation (3 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • 2 GE Courses
  • ICC 324 - Foreign Languages For The Elementary School (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 307 - Advanced Spanish Grammar (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 308 - Advanced Spanish Composition (3 cr. hr.) (WI)
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • 2 GE Courses
  • AED 323 - Seminar for Field Experience (1 cr. hr.)
  • ICC 353 - Linguistics for Language Teachers (3 cr. hr.) WI
  • LIT 449 - Literacy in the Middle and Secondary School (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 315 - Survey of Spanish Literature (3 cr. hr.)
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • Elective/minor (3 cr.hr.)
  • AED 391 - Introduction to Adolescence Education (3 cr. hr.) (WI)
  • EDU 471 - Foundations of Modern Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 110 - Personal and Community Health (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 400 level (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15

During study abroad:

Four 300-level SPA (12 cr. hr.) and

  • SPA 318 - Spanish Peninsular Civilization (3 cr. hr.) or
  • SPA 319 - Latin American Civilization (3 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • AED 437 - Methods of Teaching Second Languages in Middle/Junior and High Schools I (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 438 - Methods of Teaching Second Languages in Middle/Junior and High Schools II (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPE 275 - Teaching Students with Disabilities in Adolescence Classrooms (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPA 400 level (3 cr. hr.) Elective/minor (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 14

AED 439 - Student Teaching: Adolescence Education - Second Languages (14 cr. hr.)