Spanish Education majors at Elizabethtown College can expect the best of an Education major and a Spanish major, all in a supportive, personalized, and engaging environment.
Our program guides you to become an advanced user of the Spanish language, a culturally competent participant in Spanish-speaking cultures, a highly qualified Spanish teacher, and a civically-minded and engaged global citizen. This is possible through our Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a K-12 Education Teaching certification.
Every Spanish Education major engages in all five of Elizabethtown College’s Signature Learning Experiences:
Capstone Experience: Spend a full semester in a classroom student teaching
Community-Based Learning: Teach in the E-town College Children’s Spanish program, or pursue service with another community partner
Cross Cultural Experiences: Study abroad for a year (2 semesters) in one or more locations around the world
Supervised Research: Conduct the Senior Research Project, with individual guidance from a Spanish professor
Internships or Field Placement: Complete various Education field placements, including one in an English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom abroad
From grammar and linguistics to literature and modern Latin America and Spain, as a student in the Spanish Education major, you’ll learn not only how to speak the language, but also to interpret historical events, and understand and teach students their impact on modern life and culture. You’ll put your cultural awareness and language to practice when you study abroad in locations such as Mexico, Spain or Ecuador during your year abroad, and when you spend a semester student teaching! We believe that immersion is the best teacher, and give our students opportunity both here and abroad to connect with the cultures they’re passionate about.
Carrying out our mission of "Educate for Service," our Spanish program offers you the opportunity to learn while helping others. Each semester, our students teach Spanish to local children, and native Spanish-speaking parents volunteer their time to chat with students in Spanish and create resources for the program.
Spanish Service-Learning students engage in many other service projects that change from semester to semester but have included: teaching English to native Spanish-speaking adults, visiting and chatting with elderly Spanish speakers, translating educational materials for Spanish-speaking families, and tutoring local adults in Spanish for specific purposes (nursing, social work, etc.). Our students also have the opportunity to participate in major-related activities on campus!