Undergraduate Elementary Education with Spanish
The Elementary Spanish program certifies you to teach Spanish at the Elementary level in a variety of settings:
- an English-language classroom with a Spanish-speaking population
- a Spanish immersion classroom
- or as a specialist teaching Spanish language in grades K-5 (K-6 in elementary schools that have grade 6), or Spanish only in grades 6-8.
PLEASE NOTE: For Fall 2021, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has established new certification structures for teachers. If you began your Elementary Spanish program prior to Fall 2021, please refer to the Elementary Spanish Program. If you are beginning a Elementary Spanish program in Fall 2021 or later, please refer to the current Elementary Spanish Program (for students beginning Fall 2021 or later).
Beginning Fall 2021, incoming students interested in teaching Elementary Spanish will complete the PCKET major for PK-3 and/or 3-6, the Educational Studies major, and the Spanish Elementary minor. Completion of these programs certifies the student to teach Spanish and other content areas in a self-contained classroom in PK-3 and/or 3-6 (as either a specialist or in a Spanish immersion classroom).
Educational Studies Major
The Educational Studies major is part of the program for students seeking to teach Elementary Spanish. Students in the Educational Studies program can earn certification for teaching pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade (PK-3) and/or 3rd grade through 6th grade (3-6). The Educational Studies major is designed to ensure that novice teachers are prepared to address the needs of the whole child; use relevant, research-based criteria to establish a supportive, engaging environment that fosters learning; and use practices that meet individual children’s needs. Students complete several structured field experiences embedded throughout the program.
To earn Elementary Teacher Certification, GVSU students must complete the Educational Studies major and the PCKET (Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Elementary Teaching) major. In the PCKET major, students learn content and pedagogy in the academic disciplines that are taught in an elementary curriculum: English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, fine arts, and health and physical education. PCKET faculty engage students in discipline-specific teaching and learning, opportunities for research and scholarly activity in the disciplines, experiences in area classrooms and in the community, and study abroad programs.
Elementary Spanish Minor
The Elementary Spanish minor provides extensive field experiences teaching in Spanish immersion classrooms. While gaining extensive knowledge and understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures, you develop proficiency in Spanish speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The program also provides a theoretical understanding of language learning, equipping you to effectively teach in Elementary Spanish classrooms.