Spanish Teaching, Major

Spanish Teaching- Major (B.A.)

The following is a sample degree plan, based on the 2024-2025 catalog. It is based on the 120-credit graduation requirement and assumes no transferred credits, no requirements waived by placement tests, no courses taken in the summer or winter, no repeated courses, and no remedial courses that may be required. This sample degree plan is intended for first-year students entering UW-Eau Claire in the fall semester. Your own degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). UW-Eau Claire cannot guarantee all courses will be offered as shown, but will provide a range of courses that may enable prepared students to fulfill their requirements in a timely period. This sample degree plan is just a guide. Please consult your advisor, your degree audit, and the catalog to create your own degree plan. Note: In order to earn the required minimum of 120 credits for the degree in four years, you should plan to take 15 credits each semester or 30 credits each year.

To earn a degree, students must fulfill all University Graduation Requirements, including the Liberal Education (LE) Core.  LE Core course work in the following sample degree plan uses abbreviations such as LE-K1, LE-S2, LE-R3, and LE-I1 to represent the learning outcomes students will meet via completion of their liberal education course work.  Please click here for a description of the Liberal Education Core outcomes and requirements.  Note that the LE Core may be completed through both course and non-course experiences.

SPAN 201Intermediate Spanish I (LE-S1 through placement; LE-R2)4
Writing Requirement:5
Intensive Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing (LE-S1)
Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing (LE-S1)
LE Core Elective: Humanities: Suggested RELS 100 LE-DD, (K3), (R1)3
LE Core Elective: Knowledge 1 (LE-K1) Natural Sciences4
SPAN 202Intermediate Spanish II4
LE Core Elective: Knowledge 1 (LE-K1L) Natural Sciences with Lab4
MATH 107Mathematics in Latin American Cultures (LE-S2 ) (Recommended)4
CJ 203Fundamentals of Human Communication (LE-S1)3
LE Core Elective: Knowledge 4 (LE-K4) Fine Arts3
SPAN 301Conversation and Composition I3
PSYC 260Educational Psychology (LE-K2)3
ES 212Exploring Schooling K-122-3
FLG 378Second Language Acquisition Theory3
LE Core Elective: Knowledge 2 (LE-K2) Social Sciences - POLS 110 recommended3
LAS 222Introduction to U.S. Latino History and Culture (LE-R1)3
SPAN 302Conversation and Composition II3
SPAN 356Contemporary Spain3
SPAN 363Survey of Spanish Peninsular Literature3
SPAN 405Advanced Conversation3
SPAN Elective - Upper Division Elective (Integrative Learning for study abroad experience)4
FIRST SEMESTER - Apply for Admission to Major
SPAN 325Phonetics and Pronunciation3
SPAN 352Latin American Civilization3
Course for Certificate or Minor3
Course for Certificate or Minor3
ES 385Social Foundations: Human Relations3
Take the ACTFL OPI or OPIc proficiency test a
400-level Spanish course (LE-S3 & LE-R1)3
ES 313Curriculum, Instructional Methods, and Disciplinary Literacies in Grades K-123
ES 314Collaboration, Engagement, and Assessment in Grades K-123
ES 437World Language Methods for Early and Middle Childhood2
Course for Certificate or Minor3
SPAN 367Survey of Latin American Literature3
ES 490Historical, Legal, and Philosophical Foundations of Education3
SEIP 300Inclusive Practices for Secondary Educators3
Course for Certificate/Minor or Elective3
SPAN 410Advanced Grammar3
ES 366World Language Methods for Secondary Teaching2-3
Course for Certificate/Minor or Elective3
ES 497Field Experience Seminar (LE-I1, LE-S3)2
ES 445Student Teaching in Middle Level Education5
ES 470Student Teaching in Secondary Education5

Minimum total for the baccalaureate degree = 120 credits 


Before student teaching, passing the OPI or OPIc with a score of Intermediate High or above on the ACTFL rating scale is required for both language education majors and minors. Please see your advisor for additional certification requirements. 

This major is restricted to students in the College of Education and Human Sciences: Education for Equity and Justice: Option C and leads to licensure to teach Spanish in K-12 classrooms.

For certification, a period of residency abroad is required. Study abroad experience can count for IL experience. 

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HIGH IMPACT PRACTICES (HIPs) The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire encourages all students to participate in High Impact Practices.  The following information identifies any specific recommendations that faculty in this major have concerning which HIPs might be most beneficial to students, and any recommendations about when those HIPs best fit into the degree plan. Students should also consult their faculty advisor for information on HIPs. There are many additional high impact opportunities available. Talk to your academic advisor for more information about incorporating HIPs like Study Abroad, Intercultural Immersion, Internship, and/or  Student/Faculty Collaborative Research into your time at UW-Eau Claire.

For language-specific study abroad opportunities, see above and also faculty advisor, ARCC advisor, and the Center for International Education.

Liberal Education (LE) Core Guidance

Liberal Education Core (LE Core) 

The LE Core comprises 17 learning experiences across 11 learning outcomes. Students must complete a minimum of 36 credits in courses approved for the LE Core. 

  • K1 – Natural Sciences; two experiences (one lab science experience is required in K1 or K2). 

  • K2 – Social Sciences; two experiences (one lab science experience is required in K1 or K2). 

  • K3 – Humanities; two experiences. 

  • K4 – Fine Arts; one experience. 

  • S1 – Written and Oral Communication; two experiences (one experience must satisfy the University writing requirement). 

  • S2 – Mathematics; one experience (must satisfy the University math competency requirement). 

  • S3 – Creativity; one experience (can be fulfilled in a student’s major). 

  • R1 – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity; two experiences (one experience must meet the UW System Design for Diversity (DD) requirement). 

  • R2 – Global Perspectives; one experience. 

  • R3 – Civic and Environmental Issues; one experience. 

  • I1 – Integration; two experiences (one experience can be fulfilled in a student’s major). 

  • SL—Service Learning; 30 hours 

Additional LE Core Information 

  • Most LE Core learning experiences are course based, and many courses meet more than one learning outcome (e.g., K3 and R2 or K1 and R3). 

  • Some learning experiences can also be met outside of a traditional course (e.g., undergraduate research (S3), study abroad (I1)). 

  • S1 – An English placement score that fulfills the University writing requirement fulfills one S1 experience. 

  • S1 – A foreign Language placement score that qualifies the student to enter the 102 level satisfies one S1 experience. 

  • S1, R2 – A foreign language placement score that qualifies the student to enter the 202 level satisfies one experience in S1 and the R2 experience. 

  • S2 – A math placement score that qualifies the student to enter Math 111, 112, 113 or 114 fulfills the S2 experience. 

  • S3 – Completion of two credits from any approved music ensemble fulfills the S3 experience. 

  • I1 – Any semester long study abroad program can fulfill one I1 experience.