Female Student at Graduate

Dr. Jennifer Behney, Program Coordinator

Multi-Age Education (PK-12) Spanish

OVERVIEW

The program in Spanish Education prepares students to become a teacher of foreign language at the high school, middle school, and elementary school levels in the state of Ohio.  Graduates are fully licensed to teach Spanish in Ohio (Multi-age PK-12 Licensure) and are fully prepared in their knowledge of the target language, of best practices and standards in general pedagogy, and of specific Second Language Acquisition (SLA) theories and foreign language education techniques.  Students enter student teaching in the last semester of study with a level of Advanced Low in both oral and written communication in the target language, as measured by the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) and as required by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).  

The Multi-Age Spanish License, Grades PK-12, Bachelor of Science in Education degree requires a minimum of 123 semester hours of course work.  This teaching field also requires passage of the Ohio Assessments for Educators in order to be eligible to student teach. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Cultural Understanding – The student will develop an understanding and appreciation of the history and culture of those areas in which the target language is spoken.
  • Reading Comprehension – The student will be able to read and understand a variety of materials written in the target language. These materials may include but are not limited to: novels, plays, poetry, newspaper and magazine articles, and private correspondence (e.g., business communications).
  • Listening Comprehension – The student will be able to understand the target language when spoken in a variety of contexts. These contexts may include but are not limited to: conversation with another individual or individuals, formal lectures, song, and film.
  • Oral Expression – The student will be able to carry on a conversation and deliver a speech in the target language. The student will achieve a level of Advanced Low on the Oral Proficiency Interview administered by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
  • Written Expression – The student will be able to compose in the target language a variety of written documents. These documents may include but are not limited to: formal and casual correspondence, essays, and creative works. The student will achieve a level of Advanced Low on the Writing Proficiency Test administered by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Professional Dispositions:  

In addition to the above learning outcomes, teacher candidates are expected to display the following professional dispositions:

  • Creating fairness in the classroom
  • Providing an inclusive environment that is safe and conducive to learning
  • Demonstrating the belief that all students can learn
  • Fostering collaborative relationships to support student learning and well- being
  • Exhibiting professional skills

Field Experiences and Student Teaching

Students complete over 120 hours of pre-clinical experiences in addition to student teaching.  Field experiences are included in the following courses and offer opportunities to provide varying levels of classroom support (observing, one-on-one tutoring, small group teaching, whole class teaching).

Field Experiences

Pre-clinical Field Experiences

The pre-clinical experience is conducted in local schools and provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to complete an in-depth field experience prior to student teaching.  This field experience requires a substantial time commitment, as teacher candidates spend the entire day in schools during designated weeks. The Spanish Education pre-clinical experience is scheduled during the fall semester.  Applications for the pre-clinical experience must be submitted (1) one year in advance to BCOE Room 2101, by September 1 for the pre-clinical experience.  Contact the Beeghly College of Education academic advisors for minimum pre-clinical prerequisites. 

Student Teaching

  • SED 4827 Supervised Student Teaching: Language (K-12)
  • SED 4842A Student Teaching Seminar for Secondary Education

Students complete a 16-week student teaching experience.  Students must pass the edTPA performance-based assessment with a minimum score of 137 during this experience.

Advisement

Advisement is provided by the academic advisors in the Beeghly College of Education.  Majors in this program must complete general education requirements, subject area curriculum requirements, reading course requirements, and professional education requirements.  Prior to student teaching, all adolescent/young adult majors must complete a pre-clinical experience. 

Required Assessments

The Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) assess the content area and professional (pedagogical) knowledge of candidates who are seeking initial Ohio educator license or adding a new license area.  The assessments are aligned with Ohio's New Learning Standards.  Teacher candidates must pass these exams prior to student teaching.

004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK-12)

ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview

Writing Proficiency Test

These exams are administered by Language Testing International/ACTFL.

COURSETITLES.H.
General Education Requirements
Core Competencies12
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics Requirement
One of the following courses may be taken to fulfill Math GER:
Math 2652 is preferred math course if you are required to take Math Praxis Core
Quantitative Reasoning
Mathematics for Early Childhood Teachers 2
Introduction to Logic
Introductory Statistics
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Sciences (2 courses 1 lab)7
Social Science6
General Psychology
Social Science GER
Social and Personal Awareness6
General Education Elective / First-Year Experience3
Introduction to Becoming a Teacher First Year Experience Course BCOE
Subject Area Curriculum
SPAN 2600Intermediate Spanish (A student who starts with SPAN 2605, may take SPAN 2600 Credit by Examination)4
SPAN 2605Advanced Intermediate Spanish3
SPAN 3702Intensive Spanish Review3
SPAN 3724Spanish Pronunciation3
SPAN 3735Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition3
SPAN 3736Introduction to Spanish Linguistics3
SPAN 3755Advanced Spanish Conversation3
SPAN 4880Spanish Conversation and Composition Capstone3
FNLG 4899Professional Development for Teachers1
ENGL 4851Language Acquisition3
Elective3
Four of the following courses: 12
Business Spanish
Culture and Literature of Spanish-Speaking Groups in the United States
Culture: Spain
Introduction to Literature: Spain
Culture: Spanish-America
Introduction to Literature: Spanish-America
Professional Education Curriculum
FOUN 1501Introduction to Education3
EDTC 3771Technology for Teaching3
SED 3706Principles of Teaching Adolescents 23
SPED 2630Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society 13
FOUN 3708Education and Society 1,23
PSYC 3709Psychology of Education3
TERG 3711Reading Application in Content Areas, Secondary Years 23
Preclinical Curriculum
FNLG 4801Methods of Foreign Language Teaching3
FOUN 3710Educational Assessment 23
Student Teaching Curriculum
SED 4827Supervised Student Teaching: Language (K-12) 210
SED 4842AStudent Teaching Seminar for Secondary Education 22
Total Semester Hours123
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 Prerequisites for preclinical curriculum

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 Upper Division Courses

BCOE Notes:

  • Neither admission to the University nor declaration of a major related to a teaching field guarantees admission to the BCOE’s Teacher Education Programs or candidacy for a teaching license.  Formal Admission to Teacher Education (Upper-Division) is required before students are allowed to enroll in junior and senior level courses in the college.  Undetermined Education students must declare a major before applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program.
  • Admission to the Teacher Education Program is obtained upon satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

___ Minimum completion of 50 SH

___ Minimum 2.75 overall GPA

  • Meet one of the following criteria:

___ Overall GPA 3.4 or better, OR

___ ACT scores of Reading-21, English-18, Math-22, OR

___ SAT scores of Reading-450, Writing-430, Math-520, OR

___ Praxis CORE scores, Reading-156, Writing-162, Math-150

(Attach a copy of your CORE scores to the application)

  • “B” average or better (A-C, B-B) for:

___ ENGL 1550

___ ENGL 1551

If failure to meet “B” average above,

___ ENGL 2601 grade must be a “B” or better.If you receive a “C” or below, you will need to retake the course.

  • “B” average or better (B-B-B, A-B-C) across the following:

___ FOUN 1501

___ CMST 1545

___ SPED 2630

___ SPAN 2605

If you do not have a “B” average, you will need to retake one or more of these courses until the “B” average is achieved.

  • Professional education, preclinical, and student teaching courses may only be repeated one time.
  • Minimum requirements for teachers’ licenses are determined by the Ohio Department of Education; if those requirements change, they become effective immediately at Youngstown State University. (YSU Undergraduate Bulletin)

Program Notes:

  • SPAN 1550 is a prerequisite course that does not count toward the major and is not listed on the 4 year plan.  This course must be taken prior to SPAN 2600 if the student does not place into ITAL 2600 through the Spanish Placement exam or other advance placement process.
  • 37 SH in major are required starting at SPAN 2600.
  • Students start with SPAN 2605 if they have taken SPAN 2600 credit by exam.  A SPAN 3700 level or above course must be substituted.
  • ENGL 4851 and FNLG 4801 are taken only once when acquiring licensure in multiple languages.
  • SPAN 4880 Spanish Conversation and Composition Capstone is only taken once when acquiring license in multiple languages.  In order to complete SPAN 4880 Spanish Conversation and Composition Capstone, the student must achieve the level of advanced low on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview and Writing Proficiency Test.
  • Professional education exception:  Instead of SED 4800, students substitute FNFL 4801 Methods of Foreign Language Teaching. 
  • Prior to student teaching, students must achieve a level of Advanced Low on the Oral Proficiency Interview and on the Writing Proficiency Test, both administered by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
  • Studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country is highly recommended.

Upper-Division Notes:

Upper-Division Application (The application and forms must be completed and printed from the BCOE website.)

  • After candidates have completed a minimum of 50 SH, they should submit an Upper Division application along with the completion of the Good Moral Character Statement, a copy of BCI & FBI clearances, and Dispositional Assessment to the BCOE Office of Student Services, room 2101, no later than:
    • September 1—to register for Upper Division courses for Spring
    • February 1—to register for Upper Division courses for Summer & Fall
  • Each completed application must be reviewed and approved by the Upper Division Admission and Retention Committee.  If all requirements are met, the student will be allowed to register for Upper Division courses the following semester.  Upper Division courses are the courses designated with the “+” symbol.  Applications submitted after the deadline will not be processed until the end of the respective semester.

Preclinical Application with Request for Graduation Evaluation (The application must be completed and printed from the BCOE website.) Preclinical candidates are screened for eligibility because specific course and grade point average prerequisites must be met.

  • Preclinical application with the Graduation Evaluation Request summary is to be submitted one year prior to the intended preclinical semester to the BCOE Office of Student Services no later than:
    • September 1—for Fall preclinical
    • February 1—for Spring preclinical

Student Teaching Notes:

  • Prerequisites: BCOE Upper Division and Senior status, overall 2.75 GPA,  minimum of 2.67 GPA in subject area curriculum and professional education courses with no grade less than a “C,” and passage of OAE test(s) and ACTFL tests for foreign language.
  • Instructions for completing the Student Teaching Application and Forms are available on BCOE website.  The application and forms must be completed and printed from the BCOE website and submitted to the BCOE Office of Student Services no later than:
    • September 1—to Student Teach the following Spring Semester
    • February 1—to Student Teach the following Fall Semester

Graduation Process:

  • Apply for graduation during the first three weeks of the semester you plan to graduate (you must have a graduation evaluation completed in advance).

Completing a Bachelor of Science in Education without Licensure:

  • Students choosing to graduate without licensure must apply for approval to graduate without licensure at the BCOE Office of Student Services, 2101 Beeghly Hall, 330-941-3268
  • Once approved, students must complete all program requirements except for student teaching curriculum.  In place of student teaching curriculum, students will take TCED 4830 Undergraduate Capstone Course for Education Majors

General Education Requirements:

  • All Students must satisfy General Education Requirements; some majors prescribe specific GE courses.
  • Courses taken for the major may be applied toward satisfying General Education Requirements but credit hours toward graduation cannot be double counted. 
  • Approved General Education courses can be found at:  http://web.ysu.edu/ger

Financial Aid:

Advisement:

  • Freshmen, athletes, and students on warning and probation are required to meet with an advisor before registration. 
  • It is recommended that all majors meet with a faculty advisor every semester.

Other:

  • Prior to student teaching, students must achieve a level of Advanced low on the Oral Proficiency Interview and on the Writing Proficiency Test, both administered by the American council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. 
  • Residency rule requires the last 30 SH of your degree & at least 16 SH in your major and 21 SH in upper-division courses to be completed at YSU.
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
SPAN 2600 Intermediate Spanish 4
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 (GER requirement) 3
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning(GER requirement) 3
Or:
 
Mathematics for Early Childhood Teachers 2  
Or:
 
Introduction to Logic  
Or:
 
Introductory Statistics  
TCED 1500 Introduction to Becoming a Teacher First Year Experience Course BCOE (GER Elective) 3
Social Science GER 3
 Semester Hours16
Spring
SPAN 2605 Advanced Intermediate Spanish 3
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 (GER requirement) 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations (GER requirement) 3
PSYC 1560 General Psychology (Social Science GER) 3
Arts and Humanities GER 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 2
Fall
SPAN 3702 Intensive Spanish Review 3
FOUN 1501 Introduction to Education 3
Natural Sciences + Lab GER 4
Social and Personal Awareness GER 3
Arts and Humanities GER 3
 Semester Hours16
Spring
SPED 2630 Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society 3
Social and Personal Awareness GER 3
Natural Science GER 3
SPAN 37XX 1 3
SPAN 37XX 1 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
Fall
PSYC 3709 Psychology of Education 3
FOUN 3708 Education and Society 3
ENGL 4851 Language Acquisition 3
EDTC 3771 Technology for Teaching (See advisors, this course to be deleted. ) 3
SPAN 37XX 1 3
SPAN 37XX 1 3
 Semester Hours18
Spring
FNLG 4899 Professional Development for Teachers 1
SED 3706 Principles of Teaching Adolescents 3
TERG 3711 Reading Application in Content Areas, Secondary Years 3
Elective 3
SPAN 37XX 1 3
SPAN 37XX 1 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
Fall
SPAN 4880 Spanish Conversation and Composition Capstone 3
FNLG 4801 Methods of Foreign Language Teaching 3
FOUN 3710 Educational Assessment 3
SPAN 37XX 1 3
SPAN 37XX 1 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
SED 4827 Supervised Student Teaching: Language (K-12) 10
SED 4842A Student Teaching Seminar for Secondary Education 2
 Semester Hours12
 Total Semester Hours123

¹ Each semester, two of the following courses will be offered:  SPAN 3724, SPAN 3735, SPAN 3736, SPAN 3755, SPAN 3740, SPAN 3758, SPAN 3762, SPAN 3763, SPAN 3766, SPAN 3767

Notes:

  1. Prior to student teaching, students must achieve a level of Advanced Low on the Oral Proficiency Interview and on the Writing Proficiency Test, both administered by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
  2. Students who change from the B.S. in Spanish Education to the B.A. in Spanish will need to complete a minor and, in addition to coursework in the Spanish major, will need 20 hours at the 3700 level or higher.