Spanish Education


The Spanish Education degree prepares you to be a K-12 classroom Spanish teacher. With on-campus courses focusing on acquiring linguistic and cultural skills and a required Study Abroad program, you will engage in personal interaction and discover the Argentine or Spanish civilization first-hand. You will also have the opportunity to develop a dynamic Christian worldview, as you encounter differing cultural values and beliefs. This experience, along with a strong core of professional education courses and the experience of student teaching, will become the basis for an excellent teaching career in Spanish.

You will be equipped to interact in authentic situations in the Spanish language and to live intentionally as a global citizen, with a focus on proficiency by developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as cultural awareness. Furthermore, through the Study Abroad experience, you will be enrolled in advanced Spanish and civilization courses in one of Grace College’s member institutions in Argentina or Spain, where you will have the opportunity to apply your faith in the context of one of these cultures. Included in the degree program are 40 hours of professional education courses, including the student teaching experience.

Course Requirements for a B.A. in Spanish Education


Examples of courses in this major:

SPA 1010–1020 Beginning Spanish Language and Culture I and II

Students are put in the presence of authentic, unsimplified Spanish and are trained to use it in the dynamic context of communication. The emphasis is placed on oral proficiency, the development of skills, self-expression and cultural insight.

SPA 2010–2020 Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture I and II

Continuation of language study that advances students toward comprehension, speaking, reading and writing while gaining a deeper appreciation for the Spanish-speaking culture, language and people.

SPA 2050 Spanish Conversation

This course is an advanced proficiency-based approach to oral skill development. Students speak the language in a range of contexts likely to be encountered in the Spanish-speaking culture, carrying out a range of functions likely to be necessary in dealing with others in the Spanish-speaking culture. Students are exposed to a repertoire of methods or techniques of speech in order to increase sociolinguistic competence.

SPA 2100 Advanced Communication and Civilization

This course provides a link between basic language work and the increasingly diversified advanced work students will encounter overseas. The class is designed to prepare students for the academic standards and teaching style in Latin countries. Students are exposed to a variety of genres in their readings, compositions and conversation, training them to analyze and synthesize their material in order to become more articulate in the Spanish language.

SED 1000 Teaching School in America

An introduction to the profession of teaching. Learning experiences are structured both in and out of the classroom with the purpose of assisting the college student in making career decisions relative to this profession such as to teach or not, at which level, and in which subject area. Students observe in local schools. 

SED 4630 Methods of Teaching a Foreign Language

A study of curriculum and methods of teaching a foreign language on both the elementary and secondary level, with special emphasis on performance objectives and methodology with classroom practice.