World Language & Culture - Spanish

‌Learning a language offers a way to understand the world in which we live. Spanish teachers teach K-12 learners how to speak, read and write their chosen world language. In addition, world language teachers help their learners understand the cultures in which these languages are spoken, facilitating their transformation into global citizens. In this program, you will:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on students in the K-12 classroom
  • Become part of a supportive network of fellow students, alumni and faculty that will inspire and sustain you throughout your career
  • Learn from expert faculty currently active in the K-12 classroom who are here to help you shape your path to your own classroom

What you can earn


Where you will learn

  • On-campus (St. Thomas)

Where to start

Enroll in Fall, Spring and Summer terms

 License + MA

License: 31+
MA:        34+

Required Courses

For the License:

TEGR 510   Education's Place in Society

TEGR 511   Field Experience I: Exploration

TEGR 512   Diverse Learners and Families

TEGR 530   Psychology for Teaching and Learning

TEGR 532   Field Experience II: Learning & Teaching

TEGR 547   Field Experience III: Curriculum & Instruction

TEGR 580   Curriculum & Instruction: (K-12) World Language & Culture

TEGR 585   Reading for the 5-12 Teacher

CIED 551   Technology for Instruction

TEGR 660   Clinical Practice & Seminar: Student Teaching World Language and Culture Licensure Requirements (if not taken as undergraduate)

For the License + MA (add the following to the License):

CIED 500   Principles of Educational Research

Full course catalog with descriptions


Find current course offerings

Candidates must earn a major in French, German or Spanish and must successfully complete an Oral Proficiency Interview (ACTFL) prior to Clinical Practice. Language-specific requirements are listed below.
Spanish UST Undergrad Equivalencies (Spanish) The courses listed fulfill the content course requirements in the undergraduate program for licensure in K-12 Spanish. Graduate students must hold a major in Spanish with course equivalencies/credit minimums in the three categories designated.

36 credits SPAN 300 & above with a minimum of 6 credits in each area:  
  SPAN 300   Advanced Spanish Grammar
6 cr. +   Oral & Written Language SPAN 301   Advanced Written Spanish & Culture
6 cr. +   Culture / Civilization SPAN 305   Spanish Oral Expression & Culture
6 cr. +   Literature SPAN 315   Hispanic Linguistics
SPAN 315   Hispanic Linguistics SPAN 331   Survey of Spanish Culture & Civilization
  SPAN 332   Survey of Latin American Culture & Civilization
  SPAN 335   Introduction to Spanish Lit Plus SPAN electives to complete major


  1. Candidates for this degree have:
    • A Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale). If below 3.0, please reference our special admission policy.
  2. Submit the following application materials:
    • Application form
    • Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
    • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas)
      • Submit transcripts to: Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas, Box 5, 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
    • Personal statement.
  3. Submit the supplementary materials:
    • Official test score
      • Each of our programs uses an assessment to assist in making admissions decisions. Specific requirements can be found here.
      • If you have questions regarding this requirement, please email us directly at
    • International Applicants:
    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English.
    2. Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.

Ongoing Professional Development

Whether networking with leaders in the field of education reform, acquiring new tools to identify early warning signs of mental illness in your classroom, or simply catching up on the latest offerings in children’s literature, annual events and conferences in the School of Education offer a variety of networking and professional development opportunities. Most events include a CEU component.


Mentored Clinical Practice

The dedicated faculty and staff in the Teacher Education program will work with you to ensure that your clinical practice experience (student teaching) will meet your needs and facilitate your growth, both personally and professionally. Throughout your time student teaching, regularly scheduled seminars with faculty and peers offer the opportunity to form a strong professional network as you prepare to enter the field.


Community Partnerships

The School of Education takes pride in engaging in innovative partnerships with a variety of organizations. Students in the School of Education will find many opportunities for professional growth as a result of working these organizations. Partnership examples include the Northwest Suburban Integration District, Center for Academics and Sports, FAIR School and the Collaborative Urban Educators program.