Completing the program in foreign language, including passing all state tests, “highly qualifies” you to teach grades K-12 French or Spanish, including honors and AP courses.
Secondary Education Major (Professional Education: 10 units)
Take the courses below in the sequence listed. Refer to the IWU catalog for course prerequisites and restrictions on concurrent enrollment. The professional education courses listed below are used to compute your professional education grade point average for TEP and student teaching acceptance.
Hispanic Studies Major Requirements
The required Hispanic Studies courses listed below are used to compute your major grade point average for TEP and student teaching acceptance.
Asterisked courses (*) may be taken abroad.
These requirements reflect the most recent information from the major departments. You are advised to consult the IWU catalog and your major advisor regarding current requirements for your graduating class.
Advanced Grammar and Communication
Reading and Writing Culture (W, G)
Introduction to Literature (LIT, G)
Spanish 314* &
Iberian Culture and Civilization (CHC)
Latin American Culture and Civilization (CHC)
One elective focused on culture is strongly recommended in order to pass the ISBE content test, or as needed, Span 302 to pass the OPI at advanced low. One elective must be Span 373 (can be taken abroad) or 403.
Two 400 level:
(one must be literature)
History of the Spanish Language (CHC)
Modern Spanish Literature (LIT)
Topics in Latino/a Literature (LIT, U)
Special Topics in Hispanic Studies
Latin American Literature: Short Narrative and Essay (LIT)
All foreign language candidates are also required to:
- Study abroad in a country where the target language is spoken (one semester prior to spring of the junior year or enrollment in Educ 360).
Hispanic Studies majors should strive to enroll only in courses taught in Spanish in one of the IWU-affiliated, semester programs listed below (other programs can also be considered in consultation with the Chair of Hispanic Studies since new programs are created yearly):
- Santiago (SIT): Comparative Education and Social Change
- Santiago (IES): teaching internship, education coursework at Univ. la Católica
- Costa Rica
- Heredia (IFSA Butler): Teacher Education concentration at Universidad Nacional
- Managua (SIT): Youth Culture, Literacy and Media (with comparative study in Cuba)
- Salamanca (IES): Education seminar, Education internship, methods course
- Granada (IES): Internship teaching, Education courses at Univ. of Granada
- Seville (CIEE): Teaching and Development Program (Psychology of language learning, Bilingualism and Plural Identity, Methods)
- Earn a minimum score of advanced low on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency telephonic interview (prior to licensure, February or March senior year).
- Language Testing Application and information. Cost: $134.00.
- Complete a satisfactory Foreign Language Writing Portfolio (April senior year).
Consult with Professor Isabelli regarding the Oral Proficiency interview and the contents of the Writing Portfolio.
IWU General Education
Spanish secondary education candidates meet IWU general education requirements with the following courses; note that only two general education requirements (not including flags) may be met through each major.
- Arts (AR): Spanish 360
- Analysis of Values (AV): PHIL 214, Philosophy of Education (recommended).
- Cultural and Historical Change (CHC): Hispanic Studies major course
- Contemporary Social Institutions (CSI): Educ 225 (required).
- Formal Reasoning (FR): Spanish 373; PHIL 102 or MATH 110 is also recommended.
- Literature (LIT): Span 308 or 400 level Spanish literature course
- U.S. Diversity flag (US): Educ 257 (required).
- Global Diversity (G): Hispanic Studies Major course
- Writing Intensive (WI): EDUC 255 and 498 (required). Additional WI requirements are required for the major.