B.A. degree program in adolescence education: Spanish teacher
HEGIS code 1105.01
NYS SED program code 26801

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Bachelor's degree programs for adolescence education (grades 7-12): biology, chemistry, earth science, English, mathematics, modern languages (French, Italian, Spanish), physics, and social studies (Africana studies, American studies, anthropology, economics, history, political science, Puerto Rican and Latino studies, sociology), and special subjects (all grades): music - full information and requirements

Program/Department Advisers

Office Hours
Alonso, Alejandro Associate Professor 718.951.5451   alonso @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Tues, Wed, 11 a.m.-noon
George, Lyn-Donna Undergraduate advisor 718.951.5000 x3771 2608 James Hall lyn-donna.george62 @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Email for appointments
Quesada Nieto, Luis Lecturer     luis.quesada @ brooklyn.cuny.edu E-mail for appointments


The Department of Secondary Education and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures jointly offer a program for students who plan to teach Spanish in grades 7 through 12. Adolescent education (grades 7-12) programs are writing intensive. Additional information may be obtained from the Department of Secondary Education or the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Students should consult a counselor as early as possible to plan their program.
Program requirements (58 credits)
Thirty credits in the content area are required for New York state certification to teach a Language Other Than English at the secondary level. Twenty-four of those credits must be taken in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures as follows:

All of the following: Spanish 2030W and 3610.

Two of the following culture courses: Spanish 3515, 3525, 3510, or 3520.

Twelve credits to be selected from Spanish 2021, 2024, 2432, 2120, 3515, 3525, 3510, 3520. Tier II, Tier III, and/or Tier IV.

The remaining six credits may be selected from the following options:
1) Up to two additional courses in the major language and/or from Modern Languages 2310 or higher.
2) Two courses in a second language, Language 2021 or above.
3) Up to two courses in related areas, subject to department approval.

An average of B or higher in the major is required for student teaching.

In addition, students must complete the following pedagogical courses in the Department of Secondary Education (28 credits): Secondary Education 2001, 2002, 3401, 3402, 4401, 4411, 3456, 4482.

This four-term sequence may be started in the lower-sophomore term, or upper-sophomore term.
Secondary Education 2001, 2002, 3401, 3402,
Secondary Education 3456 may be started after completing Secondary Education 2001 and 2002.
Student teaching: Secondary Education 4401, 4411, and 4482.

Students qualifying for the initial certification in adolescence education may obtain an extension to teach English, social studies, mathematics, a modern language, or one of the sciences in grades 5 and 6 by taking Secondary Education 3454.

This program reflects changes in teacher certification requirements recently implemented by the New York State Education Department. Students completing majors in secondary education or in special subjects under the former requirements should refer to the 2000-2003 Undergraduate Bulletin.
Admission requirements and academic standing
Students must have a GPA of 2.70 or higher based on a minimum of 30 credits in liberal arts and sciences to take Secondary Education 2001 and 2002.

Students must have a B- in both Secondary Education 2001 and 2002, New York City Department of Education Fingerprint clearance and a GPA of 2.75 or higher based on a minimum of 30 credits in liberal arts and sciences to continue to Secondary Education 3401, and/or Secondary Education 3402, and/or Secondary Education 3456.

To take Secondary Education 4401, students must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher, a B- or better in both Secondary Education 3401 and 3402, and/or permission of the head of the program.

Students must earn a B- or higher in Secondary Education 4401, and a GPA of 2.75 or higher in their major.