Spanish Teaching

Skill and Pedagogy

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Spanish Teaching is perfect for those who want to master the Spanish language and teach others to do the same.

Spanish Teaching students will gain mastery of the language, understanding of various cultures and histories, as well as pedagogical knowledge. Students will take courses from both the School of Education and College of Arts and Sciences. All graduates will be prepared to teach Spanish in grades K-12.

The department works in cooperation with the School of Education to meet the requirements for certification for the State of Illinois. In addition to field experiences within the classroom, students will complete a professional semester while student teaching. Students must take a language proficiency exam recognized by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. This is a national exam that certifies student proficiency for teaching.

To further enrich their learning, students are required to study abroad. While abroad, students will study language while experiencing the history and culture of the country. Students will have the opportunity to live with native speakers, fully immersing themselves in the language. They can also participate in mission and service projects while abroad.

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Study Abroad

More than a dozen study abroad programs provide opportunity for experiencing languages in other cultures and countries.

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Speaking Spanish Outside the Classroom

Spanish students have many opportunities to volunteer, participate, and learn such as:

El Cafecito (Spanish speaking and coffee), Hispanic ministry, Noche de Alabanza (Spanish worship night), native Spanish-speaking tutors, interpretation at local Parent-Teacher conferences, and MIA trips.

Exposure to World Languages

At Olivet, students can study Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic and Chinese.

Double Majoring in Spanish

Spanish is an excellent choice for double majoring with business, social work and other majors.

A Future with French

For students who plan to work in government or business with French-speaking societies, a French minor is important.

Tomorrow’s Educators

The School of Education strives for responsiveness in keeping its programs current. Within the last three years, the Early Childhood, Elementary Education and Middle Grades programs have been revised to meet licensing and hiring requirements. The newest program is the Special Education Teacher Training Program with the first graduates in the Class of 2017.

Special Education Teacher Training Program


Olivet Nazarene University’s Teacher Education Program is a recognized education preparation program by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB). Each teaching program that is offered at Olivet has been individually approved for licensure, meaning that when a teaching candidate graduates with a teaching degree they will also have earned an Illinois Professional Educators License. The School of Education continues to update existing programs to meet and exceed the Illinois State Board of Education standards and is aligned with the top educational preparation standards in the nation.

Education with a Christian Purpose

The best way to see if Olivet is a good fit for you is to visit the campus. We offer unique, customized visit days every weekday, and special Purple & Gold days, too, where you can get up close at all things ONU.

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