Work with Christian bilingual experts to teach Spanish to break down language barriers and integrate diversity across cultures. The Spanish education degree prepares you to teach Spanish to children in grades K-12 within a public or private school setting. You will be able to teach Spanish domestically and internationally. This degree also prepares you for further graduate study.
Why study Spanish education at Northwestern?
You will spend a semester abroad and gain fluency, being fully immersed in language and culture. You can choose between the Semester in Spain program in Seville, Spain or the Students International program in Costa Rica. You also have the chance to participate in Latin American Studies in Costa Rica.
We believe in equipping the next generation of teachers with the character, expertise, and cultural competence needed to stand out among their peers. Here you will learn from seasoned teachers who share your faith and enjoy helping others learn.
The School of Education offers you the opportunity to travel to Haiti for one week to learn how education is different outside the U.S. This will equip you to teach in diverse communities. You can also study abroad in China over spring break or participate in a Civil Rights Pilgrimage spring break trip with other education majors. You can gain even more experience by participating in our international student teaching program.
Students who are completing traditional undergraduate programs leading to initial teacher licensure in elementary education may seek an endorsement to their license. They will receive the endorsement at the time they receive their initial license. Candidates must confirm with the School of Education that the endorsement may be added to their chosen major field. Credits that have been applied to the licensure major may be double-counted in the endorsement.
- Communication Arts/Literature Education: Grades 5–8
- Mathematics Education: Grades 5–8
- Social Studies Education: Grades 5–8
- Pre Primary (Early Childhood Education): Ages 3–5
Northwestern’s School of Education provides you with four levels of classroom practicum experience. The first allows you to find your personal "fit" within the teaching profession. The second level focuses on developing theory and skills related to diversity. The third level engages you to apply methodologies within your chosen field by creating, teaching, and evaluating lessons in a school classroom. The final level is full time student teaching in a chosen licensure field.
The School of Education provides teacher education programs approved by the MN Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board and as a result meet the state standards adopted for licensure programs as defined in state rule 8710.2000 through 8710.8080. All licensure programs are aligned with INTASC (Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) standards and the Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice.
The School of Education has hosted Christian Educators Association International (CEAI) events, and is a member of CEAI.
The School of Education attends the Compass Educator Breakfast each fall (through Grace Church in Eden Prairie, MN).
If you have a cross-cultural mindset, enjoy working with children, are eager to serve, passionate about teaching, want to help people learn the Spanish language, and are interested in a career in education, this might be the right degree for you.
What will I learn?
You will develop effective written and verbal communication skills and be able to teach Spanish to children in grades K-12.
of seniors view the faculty as available and accessible
meets licensure requirements for the Minnesota Board of Teaching
of Northwestern’s education graduates felt professionally prepared
What types of work are related to this degree?
- Teaching in your area of specialty
- Private tutoring
- Creating/directing educational programs
- Curriculum development
- Instructional design (technology training may be required)
- Textbook editing
- Online education
- Corporate or business training and development
- Children’s ministry
- English teaching overseas
- Teacher for US citizenship classes
- Translator or interpreter
- Education or assistance with immigrant populations
- Any work that utilizes your ability to speak a second language
Who employs people with this degree?
- Schools of all kinds-public, private, charter, international, government, residential
- Parks and Recreation departments
- Educational testing companies
- Curriculum/educational publishers
- School district offices
- Educational research firms
- Businesses that work with international populations
- Non-profit organizations
- Universities and colleges
- Employee training programs
- Immigrant resettlement or assistance organizations
I owe a great deal to professors at Northwestern. They are truly unique individuals who teach and invest in the whole student. Their teaching goes so far beyond delivering content. My professors prayed for me, encouraged me, advised me, and modeled a strong Christian professional in the field I was preparing to go into. The class sizes allow them to deeply invest in each of their students and provide them with growth and support. My Spanish professor consistently had friends and I over to her house for dinner and to study for exams and now even after graduating she still has us over for dinner and mentors us in our new Spanish teaching positions. Their whole and complete dedication to me has made them so much more than instructors-- they are mentors of life, faith and profession.
Strategies for success:
- Requirements for certification/licensure vary by state; multiple certifications will increase employability. A master’s degree will increase earning potential.
- Be willing to work hard at finding a job and to go where the jobs are.
- Obtain part-time, summer, internship, or volunteer experience with the age group you intend to work with in various settings pre-schools, daycares, camps, community agencies, adult centers, YMCA’s, etc.
- Participate in co-curricular activities and related organizations to broaden skills, interests, and opportunities.
- Identify transferable skills learned in teaching applicable to other careers: written and verbal communication, teaching and instruction, program planning, organization and record keeping, working under pressure and meeting deadlines, motivational skills, creativity, working autonomously, decision-making, problem solving.
- Hone your Spanish speaking, reading, and writing skills, since the ability to communicate in a second language can open many doors.
- The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
- Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
- Minnesota TESOL (MinneTESOL)
- National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)
- American Federation of Teachers
- National Education Association
- US Department of Education
- International Reading Association
- American Educational Research Association
- Association for Experiential Education