BS Ed: Secondary Education (9-12) /
Foreign Language - Spanish
Bachelor of Science in Education in Secondary Education, emphasis in Modern Foreign Language - Spanish

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Extend the World with Language

Adventurous people are in demand to teach language education for students living in an increasingly global society. Becoming a teacher of modern languages requires either a bachelor’s degree in secondary education or a B.A. in modern languages with licensure. The Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Languages offer course work in French, German, Japanese and Spanish leading to the B.A. in Modern Language degree. In cooperation with the College of Education, these courses may be used as a concentration field in each of these languages for students also seeking the B.S. degree in education. Several scholarships and opportunities for study abroad are available for students who qualify.

Teacher candidates are prepared to demonstrate competencies in 4 major Skills and Knowledge areas in the language of concentration: Linguistic, Critical Thinking, Cultural/Global Awareness, and Self- Reflection. Area schools and organizations such as the St. Louis Language Immersion School offer excellent opportunities for working with students while learning to teach.

Bachelor of Science in Education (BS Ed)

Contact Advisor:

Kimberly Prather

116 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5937

Degree Requirements

All courses for the major must be passed with a grade of C- or better. No course required for the major may be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (s/u) basis with the exception of those taken abroad as part of a university program that has received departmental approval.

Bachelor of Arts

All students seeking a B.A. in a Modern Language must successfully complete FL 2100 Languages and World View, and must meet the departmental requirement of a minimum of 33 hours in French or 33 hours in German or 37 hours in Japanese or 35 hours in Spanish (excluding Language 1001 and 1002). The maximum number of hours that may be taken in the major is 45 (including Language 1001 and 1002). In addition, students seeking the B.A. in a Modern Language who desire a teaching certificate must also take FGN LANG 4589 (same as SEC ED 4589), Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages, FGN LANG 4590 (same as SEC ED 4590), and fulfill the professional secondary education requirements of the College of Education.

B.S. Ed. in Secondary Education with Emphasis in a Foreign Language

The B.S. Ed. is a professional education degree designed for students who wish to pursue a teaching career in secondary schools.  Much of the discipline-specific coursework parallels the B.A. degree in the language; however, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requires specific coursework for teacher certification.  Therefore, students interested in the B.S. Ed. should contact the advising office (OASIS) 314-516-5937 in the College of Education for discipline-specific requirements.  Note:  To obtain teaching certification, DESE requires a 3.0 GPA in the discipline and professional education coursework, as well as a 2.75 GPA overall. 

B.A. in a Foreign Language with Master’s Level Coursework for Secondary Teacher Certification

In addition to the B.S. Ed., students may opt to complete a B.A. or B.S. degree in their discipline as an undergraduate, followed by admission to the Graduate School for Master’s level teaching certification.  The College of Education has a one-year accelerated program for post-graduate certification called Teach in 12, or students can choose a traditional path to certification.  Graduate coursework for certification can apply towards a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education, with additional coursework.  Students interested in Master’s Level teacher certification should contact the advising office (OASIS) 314-516-5937 in the College of Education.  Note:  To obtain teaching certification, DESE requires a 3.0 GPA in the discipline and professional education coursework, as well as a 2.75 GPA overall. 

Transfer Students

Transfer students majoring in one of the modern languages must complete at UMSL a minimum of 12 graded hours in language courses at the 3000 level or above with a grade point average of 2.0 or better in those courses.

Native Speakers

Native speakers must complete at least two courses at the 3000 level and four courses at the 4000 level to obtain a major in their native language.

Specific Requirements for Concentration in Spanish

Each major with a Spanish concentration must complete the following courses:
SPANISH 2101Spanish Language And Culture III (or the equivalent)3
SPANISH 2172Spanish Composition4
SPANISH 2180Readings In Spanish4
SPANISH 3210Hispanic Culture And Civilization: Spain3
or SPANISH 3211 Hispanic Culture And Civilization: Spanish America
SPANISH 3280Introduction To Hispanic Literature: Spain3
or SPANISH 3281 Introduction To Hispanic Literature: Spanish America
or SPANISH 3282 Introduction to Hispanic Literature: A Survey Course
SPANISH 3326Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics3
Select one additional course at the 3000-level (see course descriptions for more detail)3
Select three courses at the 4000-level9
Select an additional course at the 2000-level, 3000-level, or 4000-level. The selected course must be consistent with the student's level of study.3
Total Hours35