The Single Subject Matter Preparation Program in Spanish

Course requirements for the Single Subject Matter Preparation Program, 37-53 units, in conjunction with the Professional Education Program, leads to a Single Subject Teaching Credential.

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 advisor 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 advisor early in your University career. Department credential advisors can assist you in planning an educational program that meets both major and credential requirements.

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

The Single Subject Matter Preparation Program described below, along with a professional education program, 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:

SPAN 301 Grammar and Composition 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: SPAN 202 or equivalent. May be taken concurrently with SPAN 321 and/or SPAN 303.
SPAN 302 Reading and Composition 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: SPAN 301.
SPAN 320 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: SPAN 301.
SPAN 321 Spanish Phonology 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: SPAN 202 or equivalent. May be taken concurrently with SPAN 301 and/or SPAN 303.
SPAN 331 Spanish Culture and Civilization 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: SPAN 301 or faculty permission.
SPAN 332 Latin American Culture and Civilization 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: SPAN 301 or faculty permission.
SPAN 341 Introduction to Latin American Literature 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: SPAN 301.
SPAN 342 Introduction to Spanish Peninsular Literature 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: SPAN 301.
SPAN 425 Spanish Teaching Methodologies 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: SPAN 301, SPAN 320.
SPAN 497 Spanish Subject Matter Assessment and Writing Proficiency 1.0 FS 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 during the senior year and 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 one additional 400-level course.

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.