Spanish Education Emphasis, BA

Program Description

The Secondary Education emphasis in Spanish at Utah Tech allows students to immerse themselves in any Spanish-speaking culture. They will be able to use these necessary skills for research, translating and teaching not only the language, but also the literature and the culture of Spanish-speaking country. Traditionally, Spanish major students work as elementary or secondary education teachers. Our location in Utah, a state that is a pioneer in Dual Language Immersion, makes our program a great recruitment place for school districts, not only in our state, but also across the country.  

Professional Licensure/Certification (PLC) Requirements

The curriculum for programs at Utah Tech University leading to professional licensure are designed to prepare students for Utah licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions requiring licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the University, and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time. 

Licensure boards in each state establish requirements for licensure and certification for their respective state. States vary by which professions are required to be licensed and how licensure functions, and such requirements may change at any time. The terms related to licensure and certification, among others, also vary by state as well.

Students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the state licensure entity in the state where they intend to work to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by the student’s state(s) of choice. The University cannot provide verification of a student’s ability to meet licensure or certification requirements unrelated to its educational programming. Some states require individuals to complete additional requirements that are unrelated to educational prerequisites. For more information, visit the State Authorization and Professional Licensure web page and select the program, or speak to the director of the program. 

Utah Tech University shall not be held liable if a student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in any jurisdiction.

This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).

Program Curriculum

120 credits

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

All Utah Tech General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to Utah Tech's minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements

American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
The following courses may be used to fill General Education requirements as listed above.
Complete one of the following American Institutions GE courses (Secondary Education requirement):
HIST 1700American History (AI)3
or POLS 1100 American Government (AI)
Complete one of the following Social & Behavioral Sciences GE courses (Secondary Education requirement):
FSHD 1500Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)3
or PSY 1010 General Psychology (SS, GC)
or PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)
Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement3-16
Complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits in a single foreign language, through earned credit (grade C or higher), credit by examination, or vertical credit from the courses listed on the GE Foreign Language Requirement page 1
- Complete a 2020 or higher foreign language course (grade C or higher)
- Complete a 3060 foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Receive 16 transfer credits for GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (8) in a single foreign language (grade C or higher)
Complete a 1010 course listed below in a second foreign language (grade C or higher) AND one of the following:
1. In a language not taught at Utah Tech, receive 12 FLATS exam credits for FLAT 1000 (8) and FLAT 2000 (4)
2. In a language not taught at Utah Tech, receive 12 transfer credits articulated as GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (4) (all grade C or higher)
Available only to students who are nonnative English speakers, complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits of ESL courses listed below (grade B or higher)
- Complete ESL 2750 or ESL 2760 (grade B or higher).
- Submit one of the following test scores required for unconditional Utah Tech admission: TOEFL (61 iBT, 173 CBT, or 500 PBT); or Michigan (70); or USU-IELE equivalent score. Other tests may be accepted for admission to Utah Tech but will not fulfill this requirement. Official scores must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Total Hours3-16

General Education Foreign Language Classes may be found on the General Education page.

Introductory Information to Spanish Degree           

Students can begin taking the required courses for the Spanish major in one of three ways:

1.  By beginning with any of the lower division courses (SPAN 1010, 1020, 2010, or 2020), depending on a student’s background. Students who begin with 1020, 2010, or 2020 may receive vertical credits for the lower classes, if needed, according to policy.

2.  By beginning with SPAN 3010 for heritage Spanish speakers1.  If needed, students can receive vertical credits for the classes skipped, according to policy

3.  By beginning with SPAN 3060 for native speakers1 or students who have lived in a Spanish speaking environment for 1.5 years or more.  If needed, students can receive vertical credits for the classes skipped, according to policy.

The Bachelor of Arts foreign language requirement may be filled with any of these three options as soon as the student receives credit for either SPAN 2020 or SPAN 3060.

Placement in foreign language classes is at the discretion of the Department Chair.

Spanish Core Requirements
SPAN 3060Advanced Grammar, Culture and Composition I3
SPAN 3075Intro to Spanish Linguistics3
SPAN 3080Spanish Phonetics & Pronunciation3
SPAN 3390Intro to Spanish Literature3
SPAN 4550Culture and Civilization of Spain3
or SPAN 4560 Culture/Customs of Spanish America
SPAN 4610Spanish Peninsular Literature to 18003
or SPAN 4620 Spanish Peninsular Literature From 1800
SPAN 4630Spanish American Lit to 18803
or SPAN 4640 Spanish American Lit From 1880
SPAN 4800Spanish Senior Capstone3
Spanish Elective Courses 2,3
Complete 12 credits from the following courses:
SPAN 3010Spanish for Heritage Speakers3
SPAN 3040Intermediate Grammar and Oral Proficiency4
SPAN 3070Advanced Grammar, Culture and Composition II3
SPAN 3090Spanish for the Professions: [topic]3
SPAN 3116Pop Culture: Film, Media and Entertainment3
SPAN 3117Breaking Down Walls, Building Identities3
SPAN 3118Literature and Film: Contemporary Issues3
SPAN 3400Magical Realism3
SPAN 3570Contemporary Spanish Culture and Society Through Film3
SPAN 3580Contemporary Issues3
SPAN 3950Hispanics in US Service Learn3
SPAN 3990Seminar in Spanish: [topic]1-3
SPAN 4000Foundations of Dual Language Immersion Education3
or EDUC 4700 Foundations of Dual Language Immersion Education
SPAN 4100Introduction to Translation3
SPAN 4200Introduction to Interpretation3
SPAN 4300RSpanish Internship3
SPAN 4550Culture and Civilization of Spain3
SPAN 4560Culture/Customs of Spanish America3
SPAN 4610Spanish Peninsular Literature to 18003
SPAN 4620Spanish Peninsular Literature From 18003
SPAN 4625Generation of '983
SPAN 4630Spanish American Lit to 18803
SPAN 4640Spanish American Lit From 18803
Secondary Education Program Prerequisite Courses
EDUC 1010Foundations/Intro to Education3
EDUC 2010Intro to Exceptional Learners3
EDUC 2400Foundations Multicultural/ESL (SS, GC, ALCI)3
EDUC 2500Instructional Technology in K-12 Classrooms (Must be taken within the last 5 years)3
EDUC 3110Educational Psychology3
EDUC 2700Graduation Planning, Program Application & Career Prep0

Secondary Education Program Admission

To be admitted to the Secondary Education Program and enroll in professional courses:

  • USBE R277-504-3 A(3) “requires candidates to maintain a cumulative university GPA of 3.0, and receive a C or better in all education related courses and major required content courses"

and students must pass the appropriate PRAXIS II content area subject test(s). In addition, one of the following must be completed:

  • Students with BA/BS degrees in progress must have completed at least 95% of major coursework and have approval of major academic content area department advisor
  • Students with completed BA/BS or higher degrees must have their transcripts reviewed by content area department advisor
Secondary Education Program Requirements
Semester I
SPAN 4700Teaching Modern Languages3
SCED 3720Reading Writing Content Areas (ALPP)2
SCED 4100Curriculum and Instruction3
SCED 4200Secondary Assessment2
SCED 4600Classroom Management (ALPP)3
SCED 4300Practicum Seminar3
Semester II
SCED 4900Secondary Student Teaching10
SCED 4989Student Teaching Capstone3



You are a "heritage speaker" if the primary language spoken at home was Spanish and you graduated from a high school where the language of instruction was English.

You are a "native speaker" if the primary language spoken at home was Spanish and you graduated from a high school where the language of instruction was Spanish.


 If a student's native language is Spanish, SPAN 3010 cannot be counted towards requirements.


 Each course can only be used once to fulfill program requirements

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative university GPA 3.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher (not C-) in each Core Discipline and Emphasis course.
  6. USBE R277-504-3 A(3) “requires candidates to maintain a cumulative university GPA of 3.0, and receive a C or better in all education related courses and major required content courses"
  7. 3.0 GPA in program prerequisite and professional Education and Secondary Education courses.