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Department of World Languages & Cultures

Teacher Certification for Graduate Students in the M.A. Program in Latin American Literatures and Cultures:

Students have the option of completing K-12 Teacher Certification in Spanish concurrently with courses for the M.A. in Latin American Literatures and Cultures. M.A. students who already have a B.A. in Spanish or who complete a Second Bachelor’s in Spanish, may also enroll in a dual MA/TCP track to become certified as Spanish K-12 teachers.

IMPORTANT: The information that is printed in the Academic Catalog on the M.A. with Spanish K-12 Teacher Certification may be incorrect.  Please refer only to the information listed below when planning your MA/TCP.

To become a certified K-12 teacher of Spanish  graduate students must:

  1. Complete the Requirements for the M.A. in Latin American Literatures and Cultures.
  2. Pass the ICTS (Illinois Certification Testing System) Content Area Exam in Spanish with aaverage score of 240.
  3. Complete the following professional education course sequence in secondary education.
    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 304F or SCED 305F.
  4. Complete the following professional education course sequence in secondary education.

    BLOCK #1:

    WLC 302

    Introduction to Teaching Foreign Languages (Prerequisite for SCED 304J)

    SPAN 319

    Applied Spanish Linguistics

    EDFN 405*

    Development of Educational Thought

    EDFN 406*

    Human Development and Learning (Prerequisite for EDFN 407, ELED 311, and required for admission to the College of Education)

    Student must apply and be admitted to the College of Education to continue with the following Education courses.

    BLOCK #2:

    READ 301*

    Teaching Reading in Junior & Senior High School

    EDFN 407*

    Learning Theories and Educational Practices

    ELED 311*

    School Curriculum

    BLOCK #3:

    SCED 303F*

    Teaching Modern Foreign Language in the Secondary School

    SCED 304J*  

    Clinical Experience in the Secondary School: Spanish

    BLOCK #4:

    SCED 305J**

    Secondary Student Teaching & Seminar in Spanish

    * C or better grade required
    ** B or better required

    Please note:

    • Students must maintain a GPA of 2.75 in the Education sequence.
    • Education courses must be done in sequence and students must complete each Block in order before moving on to the next Block.
    • EDFN-406 & 407 each have 20 hour clinical attached and students identify and secure their own field site. You will receive a packet prepared by the CEST office from the course instructor. You may not begin the field work for any EDFN class without the CEST packet.
    • EDFN classes - You are encouraged to take the 400 level EDFN classes when possible. You may substitute EDFN 305, 306 & 307 for EDFN 405, 406 and 407, respectively, but they will not count as graduate courses.
    • Clinicals & Student Teaching - You must apply through the Clinical Experience & Student Teaching (CEST) office 1 year in advance for Clinicals & Student Teaching. You must attend one of the mandatory informational meetings hosted by the CEST office.
    • SCED 303 & SCED 304J are offered only in the Fall semester, and must be taken concurrently
    • SCED-305J, student teaching is for one full semester, 8 hours per day and 5 days per week, must earn B or better. Students also must take & pass the ICTS Content area test before being placed for student teaching.
    • SPAN 319 is a prerequisite for WLC 302.

For more information, please contact Sean Condon, Advisor-Teacher Certification Program, Teacher Education Department, Northeastern Illinois University, LWH 3033, Tel. (773) 442-5374, E-Mail: s-condon@neiu.edu.