Spanish Teaching Credential

Subject Matter Competence

In order to become a credentialed teacher of Spanish, students need to complete a Single Subject Teacher Preparation Program in the Department of Education. Single Subject Teacher Preparation Programs require prior Subject Matter Competence in the subject area the student will be teaching, Spanish in our case. There are two ways to meet subject matter competency in Spanish:

  • To complete the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET)


  • To obtain a BA degree in Spanish in a program that has been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

In the past year, the English and Foreign Language Department made some modifications to the Spanish BA Program so that it would meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) standards for Single Subject Matter Preparation Programs. The new program started being implemented in the 2012-2013 Academic Year. Therefore, all students who graduate with this new Spanish BA program are eligible to receive what is known as a “Subject Matter Competency Waiver”, which waives the CSET requirement.

If you started the Spanish major program with a previous curriculum sheet, and you are interested in obtaining the “Subject Matter Competency Waiver”, make sure you follow the 2012-2013 coursework instead, which is available in the Department’s office. Later on, when you are applying for graduation, you will be able to formally change your curriculum year to the new one, so that it appears in your transcripts. (You will need to fill out a form called “Request for curriculum year change”).

Please look closely at the new Curriculum Sheet. The new program is very similar to the previous one. You need to be aware of the following differences:

Intermediate Courses

Previous Curriculum Sheet Current Curriculum Sheet
SPN 251 Choose between SPN 250 and 251
SPN 252 and 253 Choose between SPN 252 and 253
SPN 254 SPN 254 (no change)
SPN 256 Choose between SPN 256 and 260

300-400 level courses

  • The 2012-2013 degree curriculum year requires you to take the following two courses that were not in the previous one: SPN 371 Spanish Phonetics, Phonology and Dialectology (Core course) ENG 464 Multimedia Practicum (Support course)
  • On the other hand, the previous degree curriculum year required you to take SPN 354 (Latin American Civilization) and SPN 355 (Latin American Contemporary Civilization), while in the 2012-2013 you need to choose only one of these two courses.

Finally, it is important to note that the Spanish Subject Matter Proficiency is only one of the requirements to apply to the Spanish Teaching Credential Program. Please, make sure you are familiar with all the requirements, as they might require you to plan well in advance. For more information on teacher credentials, you can consult the Credential Services Office.

In addition, if you are planning to enroll in the Spanish Teaching Credential Program upon graduating, please talk to your Spanish Single Subject advisor, Dr. Amàlia Llombart.



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