Spanish Adolescence Education Major (BS)


This major is designed to prepare students for initial certification (single certification) as a Spanish teacher for grades 7-12 with extension to teach in grades 5 and 6. As with all other undergraduate degrees, students in this major must also complete the General Education program requirements. 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 Adolescence Education.

Program Eligibility

Students will need to meet SUNY 3.0 GPA requirements for acceptance into the program in one of the following ways:

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 Spanish Adolescence Education teachers must complete all courses in the major with a grade of C or better. Courses with grades lower than “C” must be repeated.

*Indicates 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 (0–6 credits depending on placement)

Required Courses (27 credits)

Elective Courses (9 credits)

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

One of the Following Courses in English: (3 credits)

  • FCE 201 The French Speaking World (D, H & W)
  • FCE 333 French Hip-Hop and Rock: How Music Mirrors Society (I)
  • FCE 334 Ghosts of Contemporary Spain (I & W)
  • FCE 301 Haiti: Most Interesting Country World (I, O, Y)
  • FCE 340 Hip-Hop Music and Culture (I)

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 administered by Language Testing International. Please visit this website for more information.

Pedagogy Courses (40 credits)

  • PRO 370 Health and Drug education for Teacher Candidates (1 credit)
  • EDI 431 Teaching Literacy in Middle & High School Content Areas I (3 credits)
  • EDI 449 Middle Level Teaching in Foreign Language (3 credits)
  • PRO 430 EHD Adolescence Field Experience (1 credit) (corequisite EDI 449)
  • FCE 473 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
  • FCE 420 Multiculturalism in the US (3 credits - I)*
  • EDI 331 Classroom Management(1 credit)
  • EDI 432 Teaching Literacy in Middle & High School Content Areas II (3 credits) (prerequisite EDI 431)
  • EDI 469 Teaching Foreign Language Inclusively (3 credits) (prerequisite EDI 449)
  • PRO 431 EHD Adolescence Field Experience II (1 credit) (prerequisite PRO 430; corequisite EDI 469)
  • EDI 409 Teaching Students with Special Needs Across the Curriculum (3 credits)
  • EDI 430 Education and Society (3 credits) (I, W, Y)*
  • EDI 459 Adolescent Development and Learning (3 credits)
  • Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). Must achieve Advance Low proficiency level before student teaching.
  • EDI 464 Seminar in Adolescence Inclusive Education (3 credits)
  • PRO 433 Practicum in Adolescence Inclusive Education (9 credits)

Additional Degree Requirements

Completion of all college-wide degree requirements.

Continuation Requirements (Once Enrolled)

  • Maintain ≥ 2.0 cumulative Brockport GPA
  • Earn ≥ C in all content core (including cognates, for inclusive programs), EDI, PRO, and modern languages courses
  • Complete prerequisite course(s) before moving to the next program phase
  • Minimum grade levels apply to transfer courses. Community college advising guides are available here
  • Demonstrate the dispositions necessary in the teaching profession
  • Acquire and maintain an acceptable level of professional performance
  • A ≥ 2.5 cumulative Brockport GPA is required to student teach

Continuation in the program may be denied to any teacher candidate whose level of performance and/or dispositions do not adequately meet academic or professional standards. Decisions with respect to retention or dismissal of a teacher candidate are made by the faculty and staff of the Department of Education and Human Development, in consultation with the faculty in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and not by any one person.

Students should note that admission into most graduate education programs in New York State will require a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Licensure & Certification

University Endorsement for Certification

Students must complete this program and submit the University Recommendation Request Form to be eligible for the University’s recommendation for New York State certification. Students should consult the Brockport Certification Office for the complete and most current list of New York state requirements for certification.

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:

  • 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) Included in PRO 370)

School Violence Prevention and Intervention Workshop (SAVE) Included in PRO 370)

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