Foreign Language: Spanish

 Course Requirements


Completing the program in foreign language, including passing all state tests, “highly qualifies” you to teach all levels of Spanish, including honors and AP courses. You are strongly encouraged, however, to complete Educ 260, Middle School Philosophy, if you plan to teach foreign language in grades 6-8.

Professional Education

The courses below should be taken in the sequence listed. Refer to the IWU catalog for course prerequisites and restrictions on concurrent enrollment.

First year, spring semester or sophomore year, fall semester   Educ 225 Education and Social Justice (CSI)
Sophomore year, fall or spring   Educ 255 Child Study and Assessment (WI)
    Educ 257 The Exceptional Child (U)
Sophomore year, spring or junior year, fall   Educ 260 Middle School Philosophy (elective; required for middle school endorsement)
Junior year, spring   Educ 360 Curriculum and Pedagogy in English and Foreign Language
    Educ 365 Reading, Writing, and Communication in the Content Areas
Senior year, fall *   Educ 490 Student Teaching Seminar
    Educ 493 Student Teaching: Foreign Language
Senior year spring **   Educ 498 Educational Inquiry

**Ninth semester graduates only may take Educ 498 prior to student teaching during the spring semester of the senior year, with department approval.

  Major Requirements: Spanish (10 courses at or above the 203 level)

Candidates seeking K-12 foreign language certificates should be able to demonstrate: (1) a good command of the language; (2) an awareness and appreciation of the aesthetic and intellectual history of the target culture and of its present-day manifestations; (3) the ability to comprehend, critically analyze and explicate literary works in the foreign language; and (4) the ability to teach the foreign language, literature, and culture.

The Content-Area Standards for Educators define the knowledge and skills teachers must demonstrate in foreign language to ensure that Illinois students meet or exceed the expectations defined by the Illinois Learning Standards. In addition to the content-area standards, all teachers are expected to meet the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards, the core Technology Standards, and the core Language Arts Standards.

The requirements below reflect the most recent information from the major departments (spring 2013). You are advised to consult the IWU catalog and your major advisor regarding current requirements for your graduating class.

Span 280 Reading and Writing Culture (W)
Span 303 Advanced Grammar and Composition (W)
Span 308 Introduction to Literature (LIT, G)
Span 314 Iberian Culture and Civilization (CHC)
Span 316 Latin American Culture and Civilization
Select 2 from Spanish
(one must be literature)
History ofthe Spanish Language (CHC)
Early Spanish Literature (LIT)
Modern Spanish Literature (LIT)
Topics in Latino/a Literature (LIT, U)
Special Topics in Hispanic Studies
Latin American Literature: Short Narrative and Essay (LIT)
Latin American Literature: The Novel (LIT, G)
Span 490 Senior Seminar
Span (2 courses) Electives, 203 and above (may be taken abroad)

All foreign language candidates are required to:

  • Study abroad in a country where the target language is spoken (prior to spring of the junior year, or enrollment in Educ 360.
  • Receive a minimum score of intermediate high on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency telephonic interview (prior to licensure, February or March senior year). The proficiency levels and guidelines are listed here.
  • Complete a Foreign Language Writing Portfolio  (April senior year). 

Consult with Professor Isabelli regarding the Oral Proficiency interview and the contents of the Writing Portfolio.

You may add a designation in any second language by completing a major in that language, and taking the Content Area test in that language. For example, this would allow you to teach both Spanish and French, or Spanish and German.