OSRHE Program Code: 083
CIP Code: 131330
Major Code: 4851
The program prepares highly competent teachers dedicated to the field of Spanish education and qualified to teach Spanish in grades PK-12.
NSU’s educator preparation programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), www.caepnet.org, (1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036-1023, 202-223-0077), and the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability (840 Research Parkway, Suite 455, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, 405-522-5399), www.ok.gov/oeqa
In addition to completing all program requirements, teacher candidates must pass the following certification tests to earn Oklahoma certification: Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET); the appropriate Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT); and the Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination (OPTE). There are fees associated with certification testing which is administered by an outside agency under contract with the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability. NSU’s Education Certification office can assist with information regarding university recommendation for certification.
Students in the Spanish B.A.Ed. degree program must participate in and complete baseline and midterm evaluations of speaking and writing proficiency. Students must also complete an Official ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) exam before they will be allowed to begin their full internship. Students are expected to demonstrate an ACTFL proficiency rating of Advanced-Low on the OPI. There is a fee associated with the OPI and the OPI is currently administered by an outside agency. Please see the Spanish faculty for more information.
Student Learning Outcomes
ACTFL Standard 1: Language Profeciency
- Speak in the interpersonal mode at a proficiency level of at least Advanced Low on the ACTFL scale.
- Interpret informational texts at a proficiency level of at least Advanced Low on the ACTFL scale.
- Speak extemporaneously in the presentational mode at a proficiency level of at least Advanced Low on the ACTFL scale.
- Write in the presentational mode at a proficiency level of at least Advanced Low on the ACTFL scale.
ACTFL Standard 2: Cultures, Linguistics, Literatures, and Concepts from Other Disciplines
- Analyze elements of word and sentence formation in an authentic informational text on an interdisciplinary topic.
- Analyze phonological, morphological, syntactic, and dialectical elements of the speech of an authentic videotext.
- Examine the relationship between traditional and contemporary cultural products and practices of specific locations in the Spanish-speaking world and the perspectives of Hispanic cultures.
- Interpret literary texts that represent the traditions and contemporary issues of Hispanic cultures.
- Research a previously unexplored cultural, literary, or cross-disciplinary topic from the Spanish-speaking world.
ACTFL Standard 3: Language Acquisition Theories and Knowledge of Students and Their Needs
- Create an environment for learning language and culture based the principles of language acquisition.
- Create a supportive, developmentally appropriate learning environment for each student.
ACTFL Standard 4: Integration of Standards in Planning and Instruction
- Use state and national standards as the basis for instructional planning and classroom practice.
- Use state and national standards to select, adapt, and create instructional materials.
ACTFL STANDARD 5: Assessment of Languages and Cultures - Impact on Student Learning.
- Use ongoing authentic performance assessments based on a variety of assessment models in their instruction.
- Adjust instruction after reflecting on and analyzing assessment results.
ACTFL STANDARD 6: Professional Development, Advocacy, and Ethics.
- Use technology and face-to-face experiences to develop their language skills and cultural awareness.
- Plan for continued improvement of their language skills and cultural awareness.
- Devise a rationale for world language study that includes the cognitive, academic, affective, and economic benefits to P-12 students.
- Reflect on the value of continued participation in professional learning communities.
Minimum Grade Requirements
Students must earn a grade of C or better in courses used for major or minor credit. Grades lower than a C from NSU or transfer institutions will not apply for major or minor credit.