Adolescence Education in Spanish or French

To be certified to teach Spanish or French at the secondary level, students must satisfy the general requirements for a teaching certification at the Secondary level as well as Spanish or French major requirements. Teacher Candidates seeking New York Certification in Spanish or French must take the Oral Proficiency Test (OPI) as well as the Content Specialty test (CST) prior to graduation. In order to prepare for the OPI students should work closely with their Spanish or French adviser or Dr. Kevin Gaugler, the Adolescent Education Coordinator for Modern Languages.

The Teacher Adolescent  Education Certification Program recommends the following sequence of courses which should be combined with the requirements for the Spanish or French majors. (Numbers in parentheses indicate credits earned.)


Fall - Freshman Year

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (3)

Obtain an appointment with the Coordinator of Adolescence Education

Spring - Freshman Year

EDUC 101 Foundations of Education (3)*
PSYC 207 Exceptional Child (3)*

Fall - Sophomore Year

EDUC 350 Teaching Language Arts (3)*
SPAN 325 Spanish in a Digital Age (3)
  or
FREN 325 Language and Technology (3)

Spring - Sophomore Year

PSYC 318 Psychology of the Adolescent (3)
EDUC 353 Teaching Language Arts in the Content Area (3)
Take NYS L.A.S.T. test. Begin formal application by obtaining packet from Office of Teacher Education in February.

Fall - Junior Year Spring - Junior Year

A student considering a career in Language Education must plan to spend at least one semester abroad through the Marist International Programs (MIP); a full-year program is strongly recommended, since most of the gains in oral proficiency usually occur in the second semester. Upon graduation, a future teacher is expected to demonstrate a very good oral proficiency and a credible immersion in the relevant culture. A two-semester program of study abroad enhances the student's resume and often assists in obtaining a teaching position. Occasionally, educational internships abroad can also be secured in the spring semester. For further questions or concerns regarding this departmental recommendation of Study Abroad, please contact the Adolescent Education Coordinator for Modern Languages. ALSO, PLEASE PLAN YOUR ABROAD COURSE PROGRAM CAREFULLY WITH YOUR ADVISOR OR THE COORDINATOR.

Fall - Senior Year

EDUC 211 Participation/Observation (1)
EDUC 426 Methods of Teaching Languages In Secondary Schools (3)

Spring - Senior Year

EDUC 415 Student Teaching (12)
(Know that your Capping Course must be taken this semester.)
Take NYS ATS-W test.

*If necessary, a different sequence may be designed for some of these courses. However, PSYC 101 must be the first psychology course taken.

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