2020-2021 Catalog

Secondary Education, Spanish, Associate of Arts

Teachers change lives – they can open new worlds for students and inspire them to reach their goals. The secondary education degree with an emphasis in Spanish language prepares students to teach in both public and private middle, junior high, and high schools. Students will be able to teach all levels of Spanish language classes. Western’s teaching preparation focuses on current and innovative teaching theories including the implementation of a service learning project, technology inclusion, and project based learning. The education program also provides the introduction to many important skills and elements of the teaching profession. The development and understanding of which are essential for future success such as: classroom management, special education, lesson design, and educational psychology. The students experience hands-on what it means to be a secondary Spanish teacher because the program provides them the opportunity to participate in public school classroom activities as a practicum student. These experiences have a four-pronged focus:  they introduce theories and pedagogical skills that are learned during classes are applied and reinforced by the teachers, they give students real-world teaching practices, they help students decide about their future teaching careers, and they lay the academic foundation needed before entering a bachelor’s degree program. Students wanting to enter the teaching field must obtain at least a bachelor’s degree in education. Therefore, Western’s education program has specific pathways that will create a seamless transfer to any university in the country upon the successful completion of the associate degree requirements.

Degree Requirements

Freshman Year - Fall Semester

COMM 2010PUBLIC SPEAKING

3

ENGL 1010ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

EDCI 1200INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION

3

EDCI 2440INTRODUCTION TO CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

2

SPAN 1010FIRST YEAR SPANISH I

4

HMDV 10051st YEAR SUCCESS

1

Total Credit Hours:16

Freshman Year - Fall Semester Notes:

  • In addition to ENGL 1010, students may be required to also take ENGL 1011 (2 credits) due to placement, adding 2 additional credits to their graduation total.

Freshman Year - Spring Semester

SPAN 1020FIRST YEAR SPANISH II

4

ENGL 1020ENGLISH COMPOSITION II

3

EDFD 2020FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION

4

MATH 1400COLLEGE ALGEBRA

3

Total Credit Hours:14
 

Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

ITEC 2360TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY

3

EDFD 2100EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

4

POLS 2250LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

3

SPAN 2030SECOND YEAR SPANISH I

4

PSYC 1000GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY

3

Total Credit Hours:18

Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

EDEX 2484INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION

3

HIST 1211U.S. TO 1865

3

SPAN 2040SECOND YEAR SPANISH II

4

BIOL 1003CURRENT ISSUES IN BIOLOGY

4

ANTH 2000INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS ANTHROPOLOGY

3

Total Credit Hours:17

Sophomore Year - Spring Semester Notes:

  • HIST 1211: Students may replace this course with HIST 1221; students transferring to University of Wyoming should replace this course with POLS 1000.
  • BIOL 1003: Students may replace this course with CHEM 1000, PHYS 1050, or GEOL 1100.

     

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    All education majors must complete a background check during their first semester in the program by Week 8 (midterms) in order to continue in the education program.

    Total Credit Hours: 64