Spanish Adolescence Education Major

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This major is designed to prepare students for initial certification (single certification major) as a Spanish teacher for grades 7-12 with extension to teach in grades 5 and 6. Students who plan their schedules carefully and take courses that count for general education as well as the major or teacher certification requirements may be able to also pursue a minor or participate in a study abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country. Students may have the opportunity to student teach in Alaska or abroad.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare a major in Spanish but there are more specific requirements for admission to the teacher certification program:

Program Eligibility

Students should meet SUNY approved entrance requirements for admission to teacher preparation programs.

First Year Students Criteria

  • High School GPA of a B or better or
  • High School Rank in top 30% or
  • SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing+Math) > 1140 or ACT > 24 or Brockport GPA > 3.0 based on at least 12 credits

Transfer Students Criteria

  • High School GPA of a B or better or
  • High School Rank in top 30% or
  • SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing+Math) > 1140 or ACT > 24 or
  • Transfer GPA > 3.0 based on at least 12 credits or
  • Brockport GPA > 3.0 based on at least 12 credits

Program Requirements

Students intending to prepare for certification as Adolescence Spanish Inclusive Generalist Education teachers must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better.

*Denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements. Transfer students should consult with their advisor regarding appropriate course credit if they took upper-division Spanish courses at another institution.

Prerequisites (3–6 credits)

The amount of credits depends on your placement.

  • SPN 111 Beginning Spanish I*
  • SPN 112 Beginning Spanish II*

Required Courses (27 credits)

  • SPN 211 Intermediate Spanish I*
  • SPN 212 Intermediate Spanish II*
  • SPN 350 It's All Debatable – Communication in Spanish
  • SPN 351 Compose Yourself: Writing in Spanish
  • SPN 353 Literature and Cultures of Spain
  • SPN 354 Literature and Cultures of Spanish America
  • SPN 461 Advanced Spanish Grammar

Elective Courses (9 credits)

Three Spanish courses at the 300 or 400 level. See course descriptions.

Oral Proficiency

Students must achieve the Advance Low level in the ACFLT Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) before they start their student teaching. This is a live, 15–30 minute telephone conversation in Spanish between a certified tester and the candidate. Please visit this website for more information.

Pre-Professional Preparation

Students in the Adolescence Spanish Education major must also complete all teaching-related coursework as required by the New York State Department of Education and SUNY.
Pre-professional preparation: (courses with an * also meet the General Education program requirements)

  • ENG 112 English Composition (Q)* (3 credits)

Pedagogy Coursework (39 credits)

Phase I

  • EDI 431: Teaching Literacy in Middle & High School Content Areas I (3 credits)
  • EDI 449: Inclusive Middle Level Teaching in Foreign Language (3 credits)
  • PRO 430: EHD Adolescence Field Experience (1 credit)
  • FCE 473: Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)

Phase II

  • EDI 331: Classroom Management(1 credit)
  • EDI 432: Teaching Literacy in Middle & High School Content Areas II (3 credits)
  • EDI 469: Methods in Teaching Foreign Language Inclusively (3 credits)
  • PRO 431: EHD Adolescence Field Experience II(1 credit)

Phase III

  • EDI 409: Teaching Students with Special Needs Across the Curriculum (25 hr. field experience) (3 credits)
  • EDI 430: Education and Society (3 credits) (can be taken before being accepted to the Education Program)
  • EDI 459: Adolescent Development and Learning (3 credits) (can be taken before being accepted to the Education Program)

Student Teaching

  • EDI 475: Practicum and Seminar in Adolescence Inclusive Generalist Education (3 credits)
  • PRO 433: Practicum in Adolescence Inclusive Generalist Education (9 credits)

All EDI and PRO courses require a grade of C or higher for program continuation.

Additional Degree Requirements

Completion of all college-wide degree requirements.


College Endorsement

Students must complete this program and submit the recommendation form to be eligible for the College's recommendation for New York State certification. Students should consult the Brockport Certification Office for the full list of New York state requirements for certification.

New York State Initial Teacher Certification Exams

Prospective Adolescence Education Teacher candidates must pass the following New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) to obtain initial certification in the State of New York:

Certification exams

  • Educating All Students (EAS)
  • Content Specialty Test (CST) – Spanish
  • edTPA


Students must complete the following workshops and trainings for program completion:

Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Maltreatment: Mandated Reporter Training (CAD)

School Violence Prevention and Intervention Workshop (SAVE)

Harassment and Bullying Prevention Certification Training (DASA)


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Narrate and describe using a variety of time frames, extended discourse, and specialized vocabulary.
  2. Deliver oral presentations on a wide variety of topics, using a variety of strategies to tailor the presentation to the needs of their audience.
  3. Narrate and describe in all major time frames with good control of aspect and a range of general vocabulary in writing for personal and professional needs.
  4. Identify the main facts and many supporting details in conventional narrative and descriptive oral texts.
  5. Identify some of the essential points of argumentative texts in areas of special interest or knowledge.
  6. Explain key perspectives of some Spanish-speaking cultures within a comparative framework and connect them to cultural products and practices.
  7. Interpret and synthesize ideas and critical issues from a wide range of historical and contemporary cultural artifacts