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Spanish education majors build foundational skills by studying language, culture, history, and literature. They develop meaningful, lasting relationships with people from other cultures during a semester abroad in Guatemala, Spain, or elsewhere, and their coursework leads to licensure to teach Spanish in Minnesota public schools.

Why should I study Spanish education?

Teaching allows you to shape the lives of elementary, middle school, or high school Spanish students. It is rewarding to see your students’ eyes opened to the diverse world in which we live. Because Spanish is the most popular foreign language in the U.S., Spanish teachers are in high demand. 

What can I do with this degree?

With a Spanish education K–12 degree, you will be able to:

  • Teach Spanish to learners in kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, and high school.
  • Combine your education training with other fields of teaching or service.
  • Go to graduate school in education or Spanish.
  • Teach in an immersion school by double-majoring in elementary education. Our faculty work to make sure students can achieve a double major withiin four years.

What skills will I develop?

A major in Spanish education K–12 will prepare you to:

  • Work with people of all ages
  • Communicate in English and Spanish
  • Engage respectfully with people from other cultures
  • Talk about a wide variety of topics in Spanish
  • An understanding of how people acquire languages
  • Develop leadership and organizational skills
  • Foster collaborative learning
  • Cultivate resourcefulness and creativity
  • Use critical theory to unpack issues of power, race, gender, and social class
  • Adapt to unfamiliar places and situations
  • Establish lasting relationships in Spanish-speaking cultures
  • Understand your own culture and other cultures

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Study abroad

All Spanish education majors complete one semester of study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. Our department offers popular programs in Spain and Guatemala, where groups of students immerse themselves in language and culture. Both programs offer internships that allow students to develop professional and ministry skills in schools. Additional semester opportunities are available through the Office of Off-Campus Programs/International Studies. 

Engage locally

We provide opportunities to engage with the vibrant Latino communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Students may attend Spanish-speaking churches, sit in on classes at schools, participate in community outreach, tutor English learners, attend and volunteer at professional conferences, and partner with other local organizations to use their Spanish in real-world contexts.

Find community

When you're part of a small but dynamic academic department, you find a second home. Our students develop close relationships with faculty and each other through informal gatherings, tutoring services, and teaching assistantships. 

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