Spanish—Teacher Certification, B.A.

Completion of this major prepares you to be a Spanish teacher in elementary, middle, or high school. This degree comprises 36 credits in the subject of Spanish, which fulfills one of the requirements to be certified as a Spanish teacher, and it can also be used to apply to New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey.


  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0.
  • A minimum of B- or better on all education courses
  • Passing scores on the Praxis CORE, or 560 verbal, 540 Math on the SAT, or 23 or higher on the ACT, or 155 verbal, 156 quantitative on the GRE.

Passing scores on the Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators Tests, as of 9/1/19:

  • Math Test #5733         Passing Score 150
  • Reading Test #5712    Passing Score 156
  • Writing Test #5722     Passing Score 162

Students who meet the score levels below are not required to take the Praxis CORE:

SAT Scores

  • If taken before 4/1/1995: Math 520, Reading 480
  • If taken between 4/1/1995 to 2/28/2016: Math 540, Reading 560
  • If taken on or after 3/1/2016: Math 570, 610 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing or 30 Reading Section

ACT Scores

  • If taken before 8/28/1989: Math 23, English 20
  • If taken on or after 8/28/1989: Math 23, English 23

GRE Scores

  • If taken before 8/1/2011: Quantitative 720, Verbal 530
  • If taken on or after 8/1/2011: Quantitative 156, Verbal 155

For more information on Praxis exams:


  • Completion of NJCU General Education requirements or equivalent
  • Successful completion of major in intended content area
  • Passing scores on appropriate Praxis II Exam
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Successful completion of clinical experience and clinical practice (student teaching)

This includes successful submission of the performance assessment, edTPA, as required by the New Jersey Department of Education.

Note: For the most updated information on this teaching certification program, students are directed to contact the College of Education as changes may have occurred since publication.

The Alternate Route is a certification program that allows qualified candidates to begin teaching after taking a 50-hour Introduction to Teaching course. The candidates then take the remaining two years of coursework while they are teaching. Alternate route candidates begin as a regular classroom teacher. They will have a mentor assigned to them–typically another teacher in the school—for the first year. They will have all the responsibilities and salary of a fully certified teacher and must obtain an effective summative evaluation rating in two of their first three years of teaching.

To start teaching Spanish in any NJ Public schools, you will need to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (CE), which entails the following steps:

  1. Spanish Bachelor’s Degree (includes LANG 510, required by NJDOE when applying for Standard Certificate). While taking your BA coursework ,we will help you to get plenty of practice for: 
  2. Spanish Praxis II test
  3. Praxis Core Academic Skills test 
  4. Spanish OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview ). Then, you will need a 
  5. Hygiene, Nutrition or Biology course, that you may have already taken as part of NJCU General Education course
  6. Then, we help you to get documents ready to apply for your Certificate of Eligibility

Finally,  you will be able to apply to NJCU New Pathways to Teaching while working as teacher with your CE (Certificate of Eligibility). NJCU New Pathways to Teaching will offer you the coursework required to move from your Certificate of Eligibility) to the Standard Certificate (CE) or permanent license. 

Courses with a final grade of C– or lower will NOT count toward the Spanish major 

LANG 304The Art Of Writing In Spanish3
LANG 305Civilization and Culture of Spain3
LANG 306Past and Present of Latin America3
LANG 307Authors And Readings From Spain3
LANG 308Voices And Texts Of Latin America3
LANG 314Spanish Writing For The Professions3
Restricted Electives
Select 12 credits from the following courses:12
LANG 230Business Spanish3
LANG 231Literature of Puerto Rico3
LANG 309US Latinx Culture3
LANG 340The Spanish Language in the United States3
LANG 401Hispanic Literature of the Caribbean3
LANG 402Race and Ethnicity in Spanish American Literature3
LANG 403Literature of Cuba3
LANG 40620th Century Spanish-American Prose Literature3
LANG 407Spanish American Literature of the 19th Century3
LANG 408Colonial and Post -Colonial Studies3
LANG 410Latinx Writers3
LANG 416Twentieth Century Spanish Prose Literature3
LANG 41719th Century Spanish Literature3
LANG 418Theater of Golden Age3
LANG 419Cervantes3
LANG 42020th Century Spanish-American Poetry3
LANG 42120th Century Spanish-American Drama3
LANG 445Introduction to the Teaching of Spanish3
Required General Education Program Courses 1
BIOL 225Human Sexual Biology3
PSYC 152Development Adolescence to Adulthood3
WGST 110Diversity and Difference: Identities, Communities, and Cultures3
Required Secondary Education Education Courses 2
Phase I (These two courses must be taken prior to admission to any education program):
EDU 280Challenges in Urban Education3
LTED 230Focus: Reading Language & Literacy3
Phase II (These courses may be taken concurrently):
EDU 330Focus: Development, Behavior and Learning3
EDU 331Clinical Practice I 32
Phase III (Taken concurrently and offered fall semesters only):
LTED 370Secondary:Reading & Language Workshop2
SPEC 508Helping Exceptional Children and Youth in the Inclusive Classroom3
LANG 510Second Language Methodology I (This course is a New Jersey requirement for teacher certification. When offered, students can also take it as a Spanish major elective)3
Phase IV (Taken concurrently):
EDU 470Concurrent Student Teaching Seminar2
EDU 485Classroom Management and Assessment Internship Seminar2
EDU 480Clinical Practice II 48
Total Credits75
Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 101
English Composition I
or English Composition I for English as a Second Language Students
INTD 101 Orientation to College *First time freshmen only 1
MATH 140 Statistics I (Tier I Math General Education requirement) 3
WGST 110 Diversity and Difference: Identities, Communities, and Cultures (Tier I, Social And Historical Perspectives General Education Course) 3
BIOL 224
The Human Body (Tier II, Scientific and Quantitative General Education Course)
or Human Sexual Biology
LTED 160 Languages of Power and Social Justice (Tier II Substitution Course, Language Literacy and Cultural Studies Course) 3
Semester 2
ENGL 102
or ESL 102
English Composition II
PSYC 152 Development Adolescence to Adulthood (Tier II Substitution Course, Social and Historical Perspectives General Education course) 3
MATH 215 Problem Solving in Mathematics (Tier II Scientific and Quantitative Inquiry General Education Course) 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Semester 1
General Education Tier II Course 3
EDU 280 Challenges in Urban Education 3
LTED 230 Focus: Reading Language & Literacy 3
LANG 304 The Art Of Writing In Spanish 3
Spanish Elective 3
Semester 2
General Education Tier III Capstone Course 3
LANG 306 Past and Present of Latin America 3
LANG 307 Authors And Readings From Spain 3
LANG 314 Spanish Writing For The Professions 3
Elective 3
Semester 1
EDU 330 Focus: Development, Behavior and Learning 3
EDU 331 Clinical Practice I 2
LANG 305 Civilization and Culture of Spain 3
Spanish Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 2
Semester 2
LANG 510 Second Language Methodology I 3
Spanish Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Semester 1
LTED 370 Secondary:Reading & Language Workshop 2
SPEC 508 Helping Exceptional Children and Youth in the Inclusive Classroom 3
EDU 1372 Methods and Materials of Teaching English in Middle and Secondary Schools 3
Elective 3
Elective 4
Semester 2
EDU 470 Concurrent Student Teaching Seminar 2
EDU 480 Clinical Practice II 8
EDU 485 Classroom Management and Assessment Internship Seminar 2
 Total Credits121