College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies
Spanish Teaching Emphasis Minor (49 credits)
- Total Credits: 49 (20 + 29 STEP credits)
- Grade Point Average to Declare Spanish Teaching Emphasis Minor: 3.0 Overall GPA
- Grade Point Average to Graduate with Spanish Teaching Emphasis Minor: 3.0 GPA within minor coursework
- Credits in Residence: At least half (50 percent) of the credits earned for the minor must be completed in upper-division USU courses and having prefixes of SPAN or LING. All other credits (including transfer and study abroad credits) must be approved by the academic advisor to be counted toward the minor. Students who have completed bridge courses should contact their advisor as these courses will count toward elective credits and credits in residence.
- Minimum Grade Requirement: All courses taken for the minor require a minimum grade of C or better. Courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis (except for courses designated as pass/fail, such as SCED 3300 , SCED 5630 , SPAN 3010 , SPAN 3520 and SPAN 4920 ).
- Note: Students with prior language credit or language experience should take the department placement test before admission to the Spanish major or minor. Credits obtained in lower-division Spanish courses cannot be applied toward the Spanish major or minor programs.
The following requirements only specify courses offered by the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies. To be licensed to teach in the Utah public secondary school system, students with a teaching emphasis must also complete additional courses (approximately 29 credits) required by the Secondary Education Program. Courses may be subject to change, and students should contact the Secondary Education Advising Office for a current course list of STEP requirements.
Spanish and Linguistics Courses (20 credits)
Required Courses (11 credits)
Elective Courses (9 credits)
Choose at least three courses from Group I or Group II, or select one or two courses from each group for a total of 9 credits.
Select one or two courses from this group:
Select one or two courses from this group:
1 This course or practicum is required for a teaching emphasis in the Spanish minor.
2 Students desiring to apply study abroad credits toward these degrees must obtain approval from the LPCS office prior to participating.
3 SCED 3300 and LING 5400 must be taken during the same semester, and should be the last courses taken for the minor. These courses should be taken the fall semester before student teaching. SCED 3300 and LING 5400 are listed in both the STEP and minor requirements for those seeking the Spanish Teaching minor/non-licensure so the non-licensure minors understand the complete list of minor requirements. See additional non-licensure information at bottom of page.
4 This course is repeatable for additional credit.
Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) - Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies (29 credits)
Several of the courses listed below count for both the teaching emphasis and the teaching minor.
Courses may be subject to change, and students should contact the Secondary Education Advising Office for a current course list of STEP requirements.
A. Level I
(first semester in program)
C. Level III
Because student teaching requires a major commitment of time and energy, students should take only the courses listed below during this semester. Students are also urged to forgo outside employment, if possible, during the student teaching experience.
1 The Special Methods II course is taught under course number 5400.
2 SCED 3300 and LING 5400 must be taken during the same semester, and should be the last courses taken for the minor. These courses should be taken the fall semester before student teaching. SCED 3300 and LING 5400 are listed in both the STEP and minor requirements for those seeking the Spanish Teaching minor/non-licensure so the non-licensure minors understand the complete list of minor requirements. See non-licensure information below.
Spanish Teaching Emphasis Minor without Secondary School Licensure (Minor 19 credits)
Total Credits: 19
(2.5 GPA required in minor classes)
It is possible to have a teaching emphasis within a major or minor in Spanish without receiving secondary school teaching licensure. However, unless the student is an elementary education major, he or she would not be able to teach in Utah public schools (nor at many private ones). Graduating without licensure may allow employment at community colleges and universities.
In order to complete the Spanish Teaching Emphasis Minor without Secondary School Licensure, students must fulfill all of the requirements listed under Section I (Spanish and Linguistics Courses) of the Spanish Teaching Emphasis Minor with Secondary School Licensure (20 credits), except for SCED 3300 , for a total of 19 credits (SCED 3300 is no longer required if doing non-licensure program).
- Spanish Teaching Emphasis Minor without Licensure: 19 credits
- Spanish Minor: 15 credits
- Spanish Major: 33 credits
- Spanish Major with Teaching Emphasis: 67 credits
- Spanish Major with Teaching Emphasis without Licensure: 37 credits
This program typically leads to licensure and was designed to meet licensing qualifications in the state of Utah. If students wish to work in another state within the United States, they should review the qualifications for that state and the Education Licensure Compliance Table provided by School of Teacher Education and Leadership.
For more information, please contact the School of Teacher Education and Leadership at teal.usu.edu.