2017-18 Catalog

Publication date June 2017

Spanish Education Major (EC-A or MC-EA Certification) - Bachelor of Science (BS)

Spanish advising

Students should consult with an advisor in the Department of Modern Languages regarding their individual plan of study. Students planning to pursue graduate studies in Spanish need to be aware of special requirements.

Spanish policy of transfer of study abroad credits

The following policy applies to all Spanish credits taken abroad. Students may transfer the following credits per term from study abroad experiences:

Winter term:
4 weeks: 4-5 credits

Summer term:
4 weeks: 4-5 credits
6 weeks: 6-8 credits
8 weeks: 8-10 credits
10 weeks: 8-10 credits

Fall/Spring semester term:
12-16 weeks: 12 credits (Exceptions may be allowed for partner programs.)

In the case of one year study abroad, there is a maximum of 16 credits which students majoring in Spanish can take abroad and apply to the major (nine credits applicable for minors). Credits taken in excess of that can be transferred to UWL as university elective credit.

Admission requirements to EC-A and MC-EA teacher certification programs 

(Teacher certification programs: early childhood-adolescence certification and middle childhood-early adolescence certification)

46 credits minimum for EC-A certification; 33 credits minimum for MC-EA certification.

Students majoring in Spanish education complete the Spanish education core requirements and one of two certification tracks (see below). All Spanish education majors must also complete study abroad, proficiency, and student teaching requirements.

Bridge course:
SPA 300Oral Proficiency Through Grammar Review4
300 level courses:
Language:
SPA 330Advanced Grammar and Syntax3
SPA 331Spanish Phonetics3
Culture/civilization:
SPA 308Cultures and Civilizations of the Spanish Speaking World3
Literature:
SPA 305Introduction to Hispanic Literature3
Total Credits16

Choose one of the two certification tracks below:

Early Childhood-Adolescence Certification track (30 credits)

400 level coursework:
Language:
SPA 410Advanced Conversation3
SPA 460Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics3
Culture/civilization:
Select three credits from:3
Spanish Civilization
Spanish American Civilization
Films in Spanish
Topics in Hispanic Cultures
Senior Seminar in Hispanic Studies
Independent Study
Independent Study
Literature:
Select three credits from:3
Spanish Literature II
Studies in Hispanic Literature
Latin American Literature I
Latin American Literature II
Latino Literature of the United States
The Spanish Novel
The Spanish Theater
Films and Literature
Electives: 1
Select six credits of electives:6
Spanish for the Health Professions
Business Spanish
Spanish Civilization
Spanish American Civilization
Films in Spanish
Topics in Hispanic Cultures
Spanish Literature II
Studies in Hispanic Literature
Latin American Literature I
Latin American Literature II
Latino Literature of the United States
The Spanish Novel
The Spanish Theater
Films and Literature
Senior Seminar in Hispanic Studies
Independent Study
Independent Study
or any of the above courses if not used in a previous catagory
Language education:
MLG 306Introduction to Second Language Acquisition3
MLG 406Language Assessment and Testing3
Methods:
MLG 473Teaching World Languages: From Early Childhood to Early Adolescence3
MLG 474Teaching World Languages: From Early Adolescence to Adolescence3
Total Credits30
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A maximum of six credits may be applied from a Spanish faculty approved study abroad program.

Courses can apply to the electives if they were not used in a previous category.

Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Certification track (17 credits) 

Civilization:
SPA 320Spanish Civilization3
SPA 321Spanish American Civilization3
SPA 326Current Events1
Linguistics and grammar:
SPA 427Spanish Grammar for Teachers1
SPA 460Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics3
Language education:
MLG 306Introduction to Second Language Acquisition3
Methods:
MLG 473Teaching World Languages: From Early Childhood to Early Adolescence3
Total Credits17
Study abroad requirement:
  1. All students should consult with their advisor in Spanish regarding specific requirements for study abroad.
  2. All Spanish education majors are required to complete an approved foreign language immersion experience of at least 14 weeks (one semester); MC-EA students should consult with a Spanish advisor when planning this experience;
  3. EC-A students are required to complete the 300 level core of courses before studying abroad; MC-EA students must take SPA 308, SPA 330, and one additional 300 level Spanish course applicable to the major before studying abroad;
  4. EC-A students may take up to six credits of the elective category abroad. Consult with Spanish advisor for applicability. 
Proficiency requirements:

Prior to student teaching, teacher candidates are required to

  1. Demonstrate proficiency with an "Intermediate High" rating on the American Council Teaching of Foreign Languages Oral Proficiency test in Spanish  (ACTFL-OPIc) and
  2. Demonstrate proficiency with an "Intermediate High" rating on the American Council Teaching of Foreign Languages Written Proficiency test in Spanish (ACTFL-WPT internet).
Student teaching and other teacher education requirements:

Other teacher education and pedagogy courses, including appropriate field experiences and student teaching at the appropriate levels, are required and listed with the School of Education.

All teacher education students must complete the general education, School of Education, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.
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Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

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