Bachelor of Science in Education Degree
University of Central Missouri's Bachelor of Science in Education degree program with a major in Spanish is designed for students who want to teach Spanish in Missouri schools. Certification may also be transferable to other states, depending on their requirements. All teacher education programs at UCM are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The Internet and other forms of instant communication have made international contact a part of everyday life. The Department of Modern Languages offers degree programs in French, German and Spanish for students to become fluent in a second language and prepare for a variety of careers.
Graduates from the Department of Modern Languages are in demand for foreign and domestic positions in business and industry, education, the federal government and the military. Most U.S. corporations have international offices and offer a variety of opportunities. The U.S. State Department's Foreign Service, the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Peace Corps, Customs and Immigration and many other federal agencies have a need for people trained in a second language. In addition, there is a continuing need for modern language teachers and researchers.
Students majoring in Spanish must complete 42 credit hours (13 courses). For students who major in a language they began studying in high school, the validated credit program allows them to receive up to six credits without paying tuition for work completed in high school. The classes for the major include two composition courses, three conversation classes, and courses in the history of the countries where Spanish is spoken. Students are also able to choose several upper-divisionlevel electives from courses such as Spanish cinema, business Spanish, and culture and issues in the Spanish-speaking world.
Study abroad programs offer immersion experiences that complement what students have learned in class. While not required, all majors and minors are encouraged to include a study abroad component in their programs. Students have studied in a number of exciting cities such as Valencia, Spain; Monterrey, Mexico, and cities in other Spanish-speaking countries.
Students are encouraged to supplement their academic programs through involvement in campus activities. Many conversational and cultural experiences are available to students by participating in activities of the Spanish Club.
The latest and best instructional technology and methods are used. Courses in each language cover basic skills, conversation, civilization, contemporary life and literature. Students are able to practice their skills in a state-of-the-art computerized language laboratory. Many resources offered to students can be accessed from any Internet-connected computer.
Employment in the language laboratory is available on a competitive basis to modern language students. There are also two endowed scholarships in Spanish.
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