Spanish with Teacher Licensure
Your major in Spanish with Teacher Licensure will help you develop advanced proficiency speaking, reading, writing, and listening and give you the skills to share this information with students in your classroom. Through small, conversation-based classes, you’ll get plenty of opportunities to practice communication and build relationships with your classmates and professions. You’ll also explore the history, literature, culture, and even films of the Spanish-speaking world to gain meaningful context for the language. Majoring in Spanish will open up a world of enhanced travel, new employment opportunities, and a greater appreciation for diversity.
With the Professional Education minor, you’ll gain the knowledge and tools to become a Spanish teacher for K-12 students. You’ll learn about current standards of foreign language instruction, learning methods for teaching and techniques for classroom success, and effective communication of foreign language knowledge in the classroom. Through field teaching assignments and coaching from an experienced Spanish teacher, you’ll apply these skills through real-world practice.
Our accomplished faculty have worked and studied extensively throughout the Spanish-speaking world. They bring a wealth of experience and knowledge into the classroom creating a rich learning environment for students like you. The small class sizes (usually fewer than twelve students) will provide you with the opportunity to build relationships with your professors. Every year Gardner-Webb hosts teaching assistants from Spanish-speaking countries to live and teach on campus, offering you the opportunity to practice your Spanish and learn different cultures, cuisine, and games while developing relationships with native speakers.
Every summer Gardner-Webb offers a study abroad experience in Alajuela, Costa Rica. You will spend four weeks living with a host family, attending Spanish language classes, and embracing the Costa Rican culture. You may also choose to study abroad in León, Spain for a semester.
In additional to local service opportunities, international mission trips are available through the Office of Christian Life and Service. These are wonderful opportunities to use your Spanish with native speakers while building relationships with Christian brothers and sisters around the globe.
This weekly gathering allows you a fun, informal setting to practice speaking and expand your understanding of Spanish culture and language. Tertulia is hosted by the Spanish Teaching Assistants to share cuisine from their home countries, play conversation games, watch movies, etc. You won’t want to miss it!
Sigma Delta Pi
The National Collegiate Hispanic Honors Society, Sigma Delta Pi, serves to recognize students for their high academic achievement in Spanish. Through activities and events for the community, the organization also works to increase appreciation of the Spanish-speaking world’s culture and contributions. Membership is open to students with a Spanish GPA of at least 3.0, and new members are inducted each spring.
Student NC Association of Educators
This student organization helps you develop your professional abilities and provides you with important networking and leadership opportunities.
Each year an outstanding Spanish student, as chosen by the Spanish professors, is awarded on the basis of academic achievement.
As part of the Teacher Education program, you will complete a field teaching assignment in a number of different classroom environments with a 15-week assignment as a student teacher your final semester at GWU. You will work with an experienced educator who will serve as your coach as you develop real-life teaching skills.
Your degree in Spanish with Teacher Licensure and the language proficiency you acquire will prepare you for exciting opportunities in many fields including employment as a Spanish teacher for any grades K-12.
Gardner-Webb’s Spanish graduates are excelling in a variety of pursuits. One recent graduate is pursuing a master’s at Boston College. Another wrote a grant for the Cleveland County YMCA to help them reach Hispanics in the community. Several alumni are now high school Spanish teachers.