2013-14 Catalogs

BA in Hispanic Studies, Spanish Teacher Education K-12 Certification Track

The curriculum for this track of the Hispanic Studies Degree is designed to provide prospective teachers a strong academic foundation in Spanish along with a continuous focus on both the theory and practice of teaching through a sequence of pre-internship education courses and field experiences.

Students completing the 120-hour degree will have satisfied the USM Core Curriculum and the concentration as well as liberal arts courses required for initial teacher certification. Graduates are eligible for recommendation for K-12 teacher certification in Maine.

Course Requirements

USM Core Curriculum (including pre-internship education courses):

  • EYE 108- Culture, Identity and Education (recommended) (3 cr)
  • EDU 100: Exploring Teaching (recommended) (3 cr)
  • College Writing- ENG 100 (3 cr)
  • Cultural Interpretation (3 cr)
  • Quantitative (4 cr)
  • Creative Expression (3 cr)
  • Socio-Cultural Analysis- HRD/SBS 200: Multicultural Human Development (3 cr)
  • Science Exploration (4 cr)
  • Ethics – EDU 310: Purpose of Schooling in a Democracy recommended (3 cr)
  • Education Cluster (9 cr):
    • EDU 305: Foundations of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
    • SED 335: Students with Exceptionalities in General Education
    • SED 420: Multi-Tiered Systems of Educational Support
Hispanic Studies/Spanish Requirements (39 cr)

The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) for the self-designed major in Hispanic Studies with a concentration in Spanish for teachers track is 39 credits. For grade requirements, please refer to the Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures section of this catalog.

  • Language/Literature Classes (24 cr)
    • SPA 201: Intermediate Spanish I
    • SPA 202: Intermediate Spanish II
      (SPA 207 Intensive Intermediate Spanish may be substituted for SPA 201 and 202)
      Upon completion of a proficiency test, students may place directly in 3rd year Spanish.
    • SPA 300: Topics in Spanish
    • SPA 304: Advanced Conversation and Composition
    • SPA 332: Advanced Grammar and Stylistics
    • SPA 351: Readings in Contemporary Spanish Literature
    • SPA 352: Readings in Modern Latin American Literature
    • SPA 450: Topics in Hispanic Language and Literature
  • Civilization/History Courses (9)
    • SPA 270: The Culture and Civilization of Spain
    • HTY 181: Latin America I
    • HTY 182: Latin America II
  • Electives (6 cr)
    • Select 2 courses pertaining to the Hispanic world or language in consultation with your advisor. This requirement can also be fulfilled by participating in the Spanish summer abroad program in Cádiz/Santiago de Compostela Spain. Students may also get elective credit by participating in the School of Nursing's Community Partnership in the Dominican Republic.
Other courses strongly recommended:
  • CLA 171: Etymology for Everyone
  • HTY 383: The Society and Culture of Latin America
  • SPA 305: Intro to Hispanic Literature
  • Full year or semester abroad program in which courses can be substituted for USM curricula when approved by the Spanish Section.
Professional Education Internship Year Requirements (18 cr)
  • EDU 441 Seminar in Teaching and Learning I (3 cr)
  • EDU 442 Seminar in Teaching and Learning II (3 cr)
  • EDU 503 Methods of Teaching Foreign Language (3 cr)
  • EDU 413 Professional Internship in Secondary Education (9 cr)

Students must complete elective credit to complete the 120 credit hour degree. For those students interested in teaching at the middle level (grades 6-8), it is recommended that they complete coursework in a second content area (e.g., English, mathematics, life or physical science) to become highly qualified to teach an additional content area. Those students interested in teaching high school may want to use their elective credits to bolster their content knowledge by taking additional courses in their major discipline and related fields. Finally, students should consider taking education courses that will support them to become better teachers including, but not limited to, topics such as literacy, technology, understanding and collaborating with families.

Other Requirements:

Acceptance into this major is contingent upon admission to USM and successful completion of the University's writing and mathematics proficiency requirements. Other acceptance criteria include a minimum 3.0 GPA and experience working with children. No more than 60 credits can be transferred into the program. Minimum academic requirements to remain in the program are as follows:

  • A grade of C or better in all University Core and major course work.
  • A grade of B or better in all professional education course work.
  • An overall GPA of 3.00 or higher.

Prior to admission to the professional internship year, students must pass the Praxis I and II exams, and demonstrate satisfactory progress toward the State of Maine Core Teaching Standards.

For the purposes of field placements in schools during the educational cluster and internship year, students are required to complete and show documentation of the fingerprinting process outlined by the Maine Department of Education: http://www.maine.gov/doe/cert/fingerprinting/

All students must formally declare their entry into a teacher certification concentration by completing the declaration procedures found on the Office of Educator Preparation web site at http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation. Passing Praxis I scores, subscription to Tk20, and two recommendation forms are necessary to complete the declaration process. All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an educator preparation program or pathway in USM summer 2013 or later are required to subscribe to the Tk20 online data management system. The $103 subscription allows students to use the system for assessment, advisement, field-experience and career portfolio management. For loan purposes, it will be eligible for consideration as part of costs. The subscription is a one-time payment and must be made by each student during the first semester of program or pathway matriculation (check with individual programs and pathways for specific subscription timelines). Subscription instructions are posted on the Office of Educator Preparation web site: http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation The Office of Educator Preparation at USM will consider, on a limited basis, individual requests for financial support to assist in payment of this fee for students who have challenging and extenuating financial circumstances (e.g. unexpected medical expenses; a sudden unforeseen life event that causes a dire financial burden). To apply for a subsidy, complete the application form on the Office of Educator Preparation web site under Tk20 (http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation). Submit the application to Colleen Pleau in the Office of Educator Preparation (8 Bailey Hall) or via email (cpleau@usm.maine.edu). Applications for this subsidy must be received no later than four weeks following the start of a student’s matriculation semester by Kim Warren, SEHD Director of Student Affairs. Students who fail to meet any of the academic or professional requirements of this track of the major must withdraw from this track though they still may complete all requirements for the B.A. in Spanish without certification.