Spanish Education Major
Spanish Education combines your passion for language with your heart for teaching. Our program will prepare you to teach Spanish at the middle and high school levels through courses that will hone your Spanish speech and deepen your knowledge of Spanish history. You will become a highly proficient multilingual communicator while acquiring a deeper social and cultural understanding of Spanish culture.
The Modern Languages department sponsors and connects students with travel abroad programs in Spain, Ecuador, Latin America, and more Spanish-speaking locations for a required overseas experience. Experiencing language and teaching abroad will improve your fluency in Spanish and help you appreciate intercultural relationships between teacher and students.
On top of taking Spanish classes, you will also learn the best teaching and assessment methods, classroom management techniques, and educational psychology through education courses that encourage loving leadership and humility in education service. You will also have multiple experiences in schools, running your own classroom and discovering how to display your faith through strong Christian character.
During your senior year, all Spanish Education majors will complete a full semester of full-time teaching. The semester will be split between placements in two different schools, in Indiana or abroad, and in different grade levels.
Spanish Education Curriculum & Degree Options
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Become a highly proficient communicator and deepen your social and cultural understanding by taking courses in the Modern Languages department. Our department offers classes in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and Advanced French (for foreign language completion), though our Modern Languages program primarily focuses on Spanish.
As a Modern Languages major at Taylor, you will improve your language skills within a broad Christian liberal arts context. Our classes offer the opportunity to explore Spanish-speaking cultures and enhance your knowledge of other cultures and religious practices. Learn to communicate effectively with people from all over the world and experience intentional cross-cultural service.
In some educational settings, students learning foreign languages may only be exposed to one accent. This is not the case at Taylor. Our classes are taught by a number of bilingual professors with varying accents and backgrounds, who will invest not only in your growth of fluency but also in your spiritual walk. We also have students from Latin American, European, and African countries who offer their own perspectives and expertise during language tutoring sessions.
A number of travel opportunities are available, allowing you the chance to interact with native speakers, connect to their cultures in a personal and rewarding way, and gain deeper language understanding.
Watch this video of Dr. Chin Chang, Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Modern Languages, as he discusses study abroad opportunities and the languages the Taylor University Modern Languages department has to offer.
Bachelor of Arts students are required to take four semesters of one foreign language. Students with a strong background in Spanish or French are encouraged to take the Spanish or French Placement Exam (CLEP) because they could test into advanced classes that will fit their skill level. Taylor only offers Advanced French classes for language completion. The Modern Languages department also offers Korean and Mandarin Chinese courses to fulfill this requirement.
For more information on the foreign language requirements and placement testing, click here.
As a graduate of our program, you will be qualified to work in teaching, translation, missions, governmental work, social service agencies, and cross-cultural outreach programs. With a near-100% career placement rate, Spanish and Spanish Education majors have no reason to worry about finding a job post-graduation.