Buffalo State

Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Spanish Education (7–12, PTCP)


Modern and Classical Languages Department

Postbaccalaureate Teacher Certification Program (HEGIS 1105.01)

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Accredited

Bishop Hall 122 (716) 878-5414

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog.  Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

The Spanish (7-12) postbaccalaureate teacher certification program leads to eligibility for New York State initial certification to teach Spanish in grades 7-12. This program is designed for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in Spanish or a related field from an accredited college or university and intend to complete the coursework required for New York State certification to teach Spanish in middle or high schools.

The program supplies the background knowledge necessary for teachers to implement the New York State Learning Standards for Languages Other Than English (LOTE) 7-12. It also meets the standards set by national professional organizations such as the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Students are responsible for any additional certification requirements, including the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), the Assessment of Teaching Skills--Written (ATS-W), Content Specialty Test (CST) in Spanish, Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), and all seminars required for initial certification. It takes three to four semesters of coursework, field experiences, and student teaching to complete certification requirements.

To student teach, a student must have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.75 in Spanish coursework and overall, and must have earned a minimum grade of C in FLE300, FLE340 and FLE401. Also, the student must complete an ACTFL-Approved Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in order to demonstrate Advanced-Low Proficiency in Spanish. If Advanced-Low is not achieved, an additional upper-level Spanish course, chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor, must be successfully completed.

After successfully completing the teacher certification program and passing all required tests, students are eligible to apply for New York State Initial Certification through the Teacher Certification Office, Caudell Hall, 112 Buffalo State College. No degree or certificate is awarded by Buffalo State College.

Financial Assistance: For financial aid purposes, students who are fully admitted into the program are considered fifth-year undergraduates, eligible for undergraduate loans, when applicable.

Admission Requirements.*

1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (4.0 scale), a major in Spanish language, literature, culture (or a closely related discipline with a minimum of 30 hours in Spanish).

2. A minimum GPA of 2.75 in Spanish coursework.

3. A completed application form submitted to the Graduate Office at Buffalo State College.

4. Official transcripts from all previous college/university work.**

5. A personal interview with the program coordinator, department chair, or other designated official.

6. Successful completion of two written essays (one English, one Spanish), administered by the department as part of the interview process.

*Applicants who do not meet these minimum requirements should contact an Modern and Classical Languages advisor.

**Students who received degrees from institutions outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by a recognized evaluation service.

Program Requirements

Required Residency Requirement * **

6 cr

SPA 303

Introduction to Spanish Literature

SPA 305

Spanish Phonetics

SPA 306

The Civilization of Spain

SPA 307, SPA 308

Survey of Spanish Literature

SPA 309

The Civilization of Latin America

SPA 310, SPA 311

Survey of Spanish American Literature

SPA 405

Old Spanish

SPA 415

Advanced Grammar and Composition

SPA 416

Advanced Conversation

SPA 495

Special Project

SPA 496

Seminar I

* All students required to take a minimum of 6 credit hours above the 302 level

** Students with undergraduate degrees are eligible, with instructor permission, to enroll in graduate level language and literature courses at Buffalo State College.

Professional Education Courses

24 cr

SPF 303

Educational Psychology

SPF 403

Historical and Philosophical Forces Influencing Secondary Education

EDU 416

Teaching Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools

EXE 372

Foundations of Teaching Adolescents with Disabilities

FLE 240

Introduction to Linguistics

FLE 300

Introduction to the Foreign Language Classroom

FLE 340

Second Language Acquisition and Literacy

FLE 401

Teaching Foreign Language in Middle and High Schools

Student Teaching Courses

12 cr

FLE 407/ SED 407

Student Teaching of Foreign Languages in the Middle/Junior High School (6)

FLE 408/ SED 408

Student Teaching of Foreign Languages in the High School (6)

Total Required Credit Hours

42 cr

Total Required Credit Hours

42 cr

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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Buffalo State Undergraduate Programs


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Academic Policies

Academic Organization

Collegewide Degree Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees

Undergraduate Major and Minor Programs

Undergraduate Major Programs at a Glance

Undergraduate Minor Programs at a Glance

Anthropology (B.A.)

Art (B.A.)

Art Education (PK–12, B.F.A.)

Art Education (PK–12, B.S.)

Art Education (PK–12, PTCP)

Art History (B.A.)

Arts and Letters (B.A.)

Biology (B.A.)

Business Administration (B.S.)

Business and Marketing Education (B.S.)

Business and Marketing Education (PTCP)

Career and Technical Education (B.S.)*

Career and Technical Education (PTCP)*

Ceramics (B.F.A.)

Ceramics (B.S.)

Chemistry (B.S.)

Childhood Education (Grades 1–6, B.S.)

Childhood Education and English Extension (Grades 1–6 and English 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and French Extension (Grades 1–6 and French 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Italian Extension (Grades 1–6 and Italian 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Mathematics Extension (Grades 1–6 and Mathematics 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Social Studies Extension (Grades 1–6 Social Studies and 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Spanish Extension (Grades 1–6 and Spanish 7-9, B.S.)

Communication Programs

Communication Design (B.F.A.)

Communication Studies (B.A.)

Computer Information Systems (B.S.)*

Criminal Justice (B.S.)


Dietitian Education Program (B.S.)

Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (B.S.)

Early Childhood and Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 6, Combined Program)

Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 2, B.S.)

Earth Sciences (B.S.)

Economics (B.A.)

Economics (B.S.)

Electrical Engineering Technology (Electronics) (B.S.)*

Electrical Engineering Technology (Smart Grid) (B.S.)*

English Programs

English (B.A.)

English Education (7–12, B.S.)

English Education (7–12, PTCP)

Exceptional Education and Childhood Education (B.S.Ed.)

Family and Consumer Sciences Education (B.S.)

Fashion and Textile Technology (B.S.)

Fibers (B.F.A.)

Fibers (B.S.)

Fine Arts

Forensic Chemistry (B.S.)

French Education (7–12, PTCP)

French (B.A.)

Geography (B.A.)

Geology (B.A.)

Health and Wellness (B.S.)

History (B.A.)

Hospitality Administration (B.S.)

Individualized Studies (B.S.)*

Industrial Technology (B.S.)*

Interior Design (B.F.A.)

International Relations (B.A.)

Journalism (B.A.)

Mathematics (B.A.)

Mathematics—Applied (B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, PTCP)

Mathematics Education (7–12, 5 – 6 Extension; PTCP)

Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.)*

Media Production (B.A.)

Metals/Jewelry (B.F.A.)

Metals/Jewelry (B.S.)

Music (B.A.)

Music Education (Pre-K–12, B.Mus.)

Painting (B.F.A.)

Philosophy (B.A.)

Photography (B.F.A.)

Physics (B.A.)

Physics (B.S.)

Physics Education (7–12, B.S.)

Physics Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Political Science (B.A.)

Printmaking (B.F.A.)

Psychology (B.A.)

Psychology (B.S.)

Public Communication (B.A.)

Sculpture (B.F.A.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, B.S.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, PTCP)

Social Studies Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, PTCP)

Social Work (B.S.)*

Sociology (B.A.)

Spanish Education (7–12, PTCP)

Spanish (B.A.)

Speech-Language Pathology (B.S.)

Technology Education (B.S.)

Technology Education (PTCP)

Television and Film Arts (B.A.)

Theater (B.A.)

Urban and Regional Planning (B.S.)*

Wood/Furniture (B.F.A.)

Wood/Furniture (B.S.)

Writing (B.A.)

Undergraduate Major and Minor Programs

Course Listings

AAS - African and African American Studies

AED - Art Education

ALT - Arts and Letters

AMT - Applied Mathematics

ANT - Anthropology

ARA - Arabic

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BSC - University College

BUS - Business

CEL - Community Engaged Learning

CHE - Chemistry

CHI - Chinese

CIS - Computer Information System

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - International Center for Studies in Creativity

CTE - Career and Technical Education

CWP - College Writing Program

DAN - Dance

DES - Design

DMP - Digital Music Production

ECO - Economics

EDU - Education

ELS - English Language Secondary

ENG - English

ENS - Environmental Science

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English Second Language

EWS - Education Workshops

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FCS - Family and Consumer Sciences Education

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

FTT - Fashion and Textile Technology

GEG - Geography

GER - German

GES - Geosciences

GRK - Greek

GST - Global Studies

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HON - All College Honors Program

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

HTR - Hospitality and Tourism

HUM - Humanities

IDE - Interior Design

INS - Individualized Studies

ITA - Italian

LAT - Latin

LIB - Library

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSY - Psychology

REL - Religious Studies

SAF - Safety Studies

SCI - Science

SED - Science Education

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPC - Speech Communication

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

TFA - Television and Film Arts

THA - Theater Arts

UNC - University College

WGS - Women and Gender Studies