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Spanish Majors in the Department of World Languages and Cultures have the option of seeking teacher licensure to teach Spanish language at the elementary and secondary level through the College of Education.

Admission to the Program 

Contact the College of Education for Admission Requirements.

Degree Requirements 

To become a licensed K-12 teacher of Spanish, undergraduate students must:

  1. Complete the Major Requirements for the B.A. in Spanish.
  2. Take the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) administered by ACTFL (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages). A score of Advanced Low or above is required to enroll in SCED 304J (Clinical Experience in the Secondary School: Spanish).
  3. Pass the ICTS (Illinois Certification Testing System) Content Area Exam in Spanish with average score of 240.
  4. Complete the following professional education course sequence in secondary education.


WLC 302       Introductions to Teaching Foreign Languages
SPAN 319     Applied Spanish Linguistics
EDFN 305     Philosophical & Historical Foundations of Public Education
EDFN 306     Education & Individual Differences

Students must apply and be admitted to the College of Education to continue with the remaining courses in the sequence:

READ 301*         Teaching Reading in Junior  & Senior High School
EDFN 307*          Psychology of Instruction & Learning
SCED 311*          School Curriculum
SCED 303F*       Teaching Modern Foreign Language  in the Secondary School
SCED 304J**      Clinical Experience in the Secondary School: Spanish                                     
SCED 305J**      Student Teaching & Seminar in Spanish


  • *A grade of C or better is required.
  • **A grade of B or better is required.
  • EDFN 306 & 307 each have 20 clock hours of clinical experience attached.
  • Spanish K-12 majors must take SPAN 319 prior to enrolling in SCED 304J.
  • SCED 304J and SCED 303F must be taken concurrently.

Licensing Requirements 

Program Contact Information 

For more information, please contact Sean Condon, Advisor-Teacher Certification Program, Teacher Education Department, Northeastern Illinois University, Lech Walesa Hall, LWH 3033, Tel. (773) 442-5374, E-Mail:

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