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. 

Course Requirements

Secondary Education Major

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.  

First year,



Educ 225

Educ 255


Education and Social Justice (CSI)

Child Study and Assessment (WI)

(or sophomore year)

20-25 hours field experience


Sophomore year



Educ 255

Educ 257

Child Study and Assessment (WI)

The Exceptional Child (U)

20-25 hours field experience


Junior Year*



Study Abroad (see section below)


Junior year*


Educ 360

Curriculum and Pedagogy in Foreign Language

40-45 hours field experience

Junior year


Educ 365

Reading, Writing, and Communication in the Content Areas

15-20 hours field experience

(continues spring placement)

Senior year



Educ 490

Educ 493

Student Teaching Seminar

Student Teaching: Foreign Language

15 week full time immersion in the field (continues May placement)

Senior year


Educ 498

Educational Inquiry  (WI)



*If planning to travel abroad, do so prior to spring term of junior year, and plan enrollment in 225, 255, and 257 accordingly. Ninth semester graduates delay required 300 level professional education coursework to the senior year, and take Educ 498 prior to student teaching spring semester senior year. 

Hispanic Studies Major

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.

Spanish 303

Advanced Grammar and Communication 

Spanish 307

Reading and Writing Culture (W, G)

Spanish 308

Introduction to Literature (LIT, G)

Spanish 314* &

Spanish 316*

Iberian Culture and Civilization (CHC)

Latin American Culture and Civilization (CHC)

Three electives*

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:

Spanish 403

Spanish 418

Spanish 468

Spanish 470

Spanish 478


(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):

  • Chile
    • 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
  • Nicaragua
    • Managua (SIT): Youth Culture, Literacy and Media (with comparative study in Cuba)
  • Spain
    • 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) 

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

General Education

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.