Course Requirements for the Single Subject Teaching Credential: 37-53 units

In most majors, candidates for this credential will normally fulfill the single subject matter preparation program by completing the appropriate education option in the major. Any exceptions to this procedure are noted at the end of this section. In addition to the single subject matter preparation program, completion of an additional professional education program is required to qualify for a California teaching credential. Professional education (credential) programs are available through the School of Education. For prerequisites and other admission requirements to professional education programs, see the "Education" chapter of this catalog.

Your departmental credential adviser is responsible for verifying that the subject matter preparation program has been completed. If you are interested in obtaining a teaching credential, confer with the appropriate credential adviser early in your university career. Department credential advisers can assist you in planning an educational program that meets both major and credential requirements.

Subject matter preparation requirements are governed by federal and state legislative action and approval of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Requirements may change between catalogs. Please consult with your departmental credential adviser for current information.

The Single Subject Matter Preparation Program described below meets all requirements for the Spanish teaching major in Spanish.

Language Competence Prerequisite: 0-16 units

See the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish for the Language Competence Prerequisite.

Upper-Division Requirements: 37 units

10 courses required:
SPAN301Grammar and Composition3.0FS
Prerequisites: SPAN 202 or equivalent. May be taken concurrently with SPAN 321 and/or SPAN 303.
SPAN302Reading and Composition3.0FS
Prerequisites: SPAN 301.
SPAN320Intro to Spanish Linguistics3.0SP
Prerequisites: SPAN 301.
SPAN321Spanish Phonology3.0FA
Prerequisites: SPAN 202 or equivalent. May be taken concurrently with SPAN 301 and/or SPAN 303.
SPAN331Spanish Culture/Civilization3.0FA
Prerequisites: SPAN 301 or faculty permission.
SPAN332Latin Amer Culture/Civilztn3.0FS
Prerequisites: SPAN 301 or faculty permission.
SPAN341Intro Latin American Lit3.0FS
Prerequisites: SPAN 301.
SPAN342Intro to Spanish Literature3.0FS
Prerequisites: SPAN 301.
SPAN425Spanish Teaching3.0S
Prerequisites: SPAN 320.
SPAN497Spanish Exam and WP1.0FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; upper-division standing. To be taken concurrently with any upper-division Spanish course.

SPAN 497 should be taken concurrently with any other upper-division Spanish (SPAN) course.

9 units selected from:

Any other upper-division Spanish (SPAN) courses, except SPAN 354, not taken previously, to include at least two 400-level courses.

The study of at least four semesters of another foreign language is recommended, but not required.

Criteria for Assessment of Subject Matter Competence

To receive department recommendation for the Single Subject Matter Preparation Program, a student must have a minimum 3.0 average in upper-division course work. GPA will be calculated on the upper-division courses which are required for the Spanish major.

Procedure for Assessment of Subject Matter Competence

If the minimum criteria listed above are met, the student's records will be circulated among all Spanish faculty for comment.

After evaluating the faculty recommendations, the Teacher Education Committee will determine the subject matter competence and teaching potential for entering the Professional Education Program.

State of California foreign language requirements for high school graduates make it necessary that we closely review candidates. Therefore, determination of subject matter competence may entail an interview in the target language.

Candidates are urged to submit their records for subject matter assessment to the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures well in advance of the Department of Education's deadline for applications to the Professional Education Program.


See the Liberal Studies Program for information.