Completing the program in Spanish education, including passing all state tests, “highly qualifies” one to teach honors and AP courses in English, as well as lower level courses in grades K-12. 

Course Requirements

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.  A gpa of 2.85  is required for program admission; a gpa of 3.0 is required for admission to student teaching.  State law specifies a minimum grade of C for any course required for licensure and endorsement, regardless of gpa. 


First year,



Educ 225

Educ 255


Education and Social Justice (SI)

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

Educ 260

Educational Inquiry (WI)

Middle School Philosophy (recommended)


20 hours field experience

*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 Requirements

The required Spanish courses listed below are used to compute your major grade point average for TEP and student teaching acceptance. Asterisked courses (*) may be taken abroad.  Four courses in the major and a gpa of 2.75 is required for TEP admission;  six courses and a gpa of 3.00 are required for student teaching acceptance. State law specifies a minimum grade of C for any course required for licensure and endorsement, including major courses, regardless of gpa. 


Spanish 280

Reading and Writing Culture (W)

Spanish 303

Advanced Grammar and Composition (W)

Spanish 308

Introduction to Literature (LIT, G)

Spanish 314* &

Spanish 316*

Iberian Culture and Civilization (CHC)

Latin American Culture and Civilization (CHC)

One additional elective focused on culture

Spanish 240

Spanish 302*

Spanish 320*

Spanish 330*/350*

Spanish 360*

(effective for 2016 graduating class)

Spanish for Social Justice (U)

Advanced Conversation

Studies in Cultural History (CH)

Topics in Hispanic Studies (off campus study only)

Studies in Media and Film (AR, G)

Spanish 373*

Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (FR) (effective for 2016 graduating class)

Two 400 level:

Spanish 403

Spanish 408

Spanish 418

Spanish 468

Spanish 470

Spanish 478

Spanish 488

(one must be literature)

History of the Spanish Language (CHC)

Early Spanish Literature (LIT)

Modern Spanish Literature (LIT). G

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)

Spanish 490

Senior Seminar


All foreign language candidates are also required to:

  • Study abroad fall semester junior year
  • Earn a minimum score of advanced low on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency  telephonic interview (prior to licensure, spring senior year).

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 330
  • Analysis of Values (AV): PHIL 214, Philosophy of Education (recommended).
  • Cultural and Historical Change (CHC): Spanish 314* and 316*
  • Contemporary Social Institutions (CSI): Educ 225 (required).
  • Formal Reasoning (FR):  Spanish 373; PHIL 102 or MATH 110 is also recommended.
  • Literature (LIT): Span 308 
  • U.S. Diversity flag:  Educ 257 (required).
  • Global Diversity  (G):  Spanish 308
  • Writing Intensive (WI): EDUC 255 and 498 (required). You are likely to have additional WI requirements in the Hispanic Studies major.