Spanish Education

Spanish Elementary Education, Spanish K-12 Education Major, Spanish Secondary Education

Academics / Departments & Programs / Spanish / AcademicsSpanish Education

Degree Overview

If you want to inspire your future students with a love of Spanish language and culture, you need a major that draws on two of Calvin’s most celebrated programs.

First, you’ll be part of Calvin’s highly respected, top-rated education program. You’ll get real, in-classroom teaching experience as early as your sophomore year. Calvin’s connections to hundreds of area schools means you’ll get practical teaching experience in schools of different types and sizes.

Then, you'll combine all that with Spanish learning that sends you to study in places like Mexico and Peru. You’ll be guided by professors who are as passionate about Spanish education as you are. Through Calvin’s close connections with the local Spanish-speaking community, you’ll gain a wider perspective on your role as an educator.

You’ll graduate with classroom experience, spanish fluency, international perspective—everything you need to share your love of Spanish language and culture with a new generation of students.

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Program Distinctives

Recognized excellence - Our education majors get fantastic results on teacher certification tests. At 93 percent, we have one of the highest pass rates in Michigan.
Beyond grammar - Spanish education majors at Calvin go further than language mastery. You’ll grapple with questions of community and justice that are highly relevant to anyone who loves Spanish language and culture.
Study abroad - Your perspective on teaching Spanish will be transformed when you spend an entire semester living, worshiping, and learning in a Spanish-speaking community abroad.

Program Requirements & Opportunities

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    Abraham Ceballos-Zapata

    Abraham Ceballos-Zapata

    Affiliate Professor
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    Scott Lamanna

    Scott Lamanna

    Assistant Professor
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    Maria Rodriguez

    Maria Rodriguez

    Assistant Professor
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    Prior to student teaching, candidates must successfully complete both portions of the Spanish Department Proficiency Exam: Grammar and Oral. The Proficiency Exam is offered by the Spanish Department twice each year. For dates and details, see the Administrative Assistant in the Spanish Department. Candidates need a minimum of 80% on the Grammar Exam and need to attain a rating of Advanced Low the Oral test.

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    Abraham Ceballos-Zapata

    Abraham Ceballos-Zapata

    Affiliate Professor
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    Scott Lamanna

    Scott Lamanna

    Assistant Professor
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    Maria Rodriguez

    Maria Rodriguez

    Assistant Professor
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  • Other Details

    Field placement requirements:

    Elementary candidates with the K-12 Spanish major complete an elementary Spanish placement during IDIS 356 and secondary placement during EDUC 346. Elementary candidates complete two semesters of student teaching: EDUC 345 in an elementary classroom and EDUC 346 in high school Spanish, with additional observations of middle school Spanish teaching.

    Secondary candidates with the K-12 Spanish major complete an elementary Spanish placement during IDIS 356 and secondary placements during EDUC 303 and EDUC 346. The secondary placements must include at least one middle and one high school placement.

    Testing requirements: 

    Prior to student teaching, candidates must successfully complete both portions of the Spanish Department Proficiency Exam: Grammar and Oral. The Proficiency Exam is offered by the Spanish Department twice each year. For dates and details, see the Administrative Assistant in the Spanish Department. Candidates need a minimum of 80% on the Grammar Exam and need to attain a rating of Advanced Low the Oral test.

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    Cynthia Slagter

    Cynthia Slagter

    Off-Campus Programs Director, Professor
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    Dwight TenHuisen

    Dwight TenHuisen

    Professor, Department Chair
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  • Other Details

    Prior to student teaching, candidates must successfully complete both portions of the Spanish Department Proficiency Exam: Grammar and Oral. The Proficiency Exam is offered by the Spanish Department twice each year. For dates and details, see the Administrative Assistant in the Spanish Department. Candidates need a minimum of 80% on the Grammar Exam and need to attain a rating of Advanced Low the Oral test.

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