Students completing the major in Spanish major will:
develop the linguistic skills necessary to communicate effectively in Spanish and, for students also majoring in secondary education, be equipped to teach Spanish (Academic);
be prepared to perform job-related tasks in typical fields of work for those who combine Spanish language learning with study in another academic area (Vocational);
see languages and cultures through the lens of a biblically-informed Christian worldview (Christian);
develop an appreciation for the great American ideals of the United States through the study of the history and cultures of many other countries (Patriotic);
grow in appreciation for Hispanic cultures, arts, and literatures, and in the ability critically to evaluate competing cultural constructions and truth claims (Cultural).
The foreign language program offers a major and minor in Spanish and courses in other languages. Students are encouraged to combine language study with other academic areas.
Credit and Placement Policies:
Students with previous Spanish study will be placed into a Spanish course of the level most appropriate to their background.
Students of Spanish who begin study at the 300-400 level and pass the course with a grade of C- or better may request the awarding of credit with a grade of “P” (pass) for SPA 213.
Native and near-native speakers may enroll only in upper division courses (300-400 level).
Exceptions to this method of placement will be at discretion of the instructor.
Only one of the first-semester Spanish courses (SPA 113, SPA 123, or SPA 143) may count in the 6 credit-hour foreign language requirement for the B.A. degree. Students placed into one of those courses should then take SPA 153 to complete the requirement. Students seeking the B.A. who start in SPA 153 should then take SPA 203; those who start in SPA 203 should then take SPA 213.
Spanish Education (World Language)(K-12) Major Requirements: 70 credit hours
Thirty (30) credit hours of Spanish or 27 credit hours plus two or more earned units of high school credit in Spanish are required. Hours completed must include a minimum of 15 credit hours in upper-level courses with no more than six of those hours in history/culture.
Native and near-native speakers of Spanish who are K-12/Secondary Education majors may pursue a major in Spanish.
All Elementary and Secondary Majors should apply for admission to the Teacher Education program by the end of their fourth semester. Minimum standards for admission include: 1) Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and passing all sections of the MoGEA (Missouri General Education Assessment); 2) 30 semester hours course work completed and at least one (1) consecutive semester at College of the Ozarks; 3) ACT score on file.
Students must apply for permission to enroll in student teaching the semester preceding the student teaching semester. Minimum standards for permission to enroll include: 1) minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 with minimum 3.0 in content and professional courses; 2) successful completion of teaching certification course requirements in one or more teaching fields; 3) minimum grade of “C-“ in all professional education and content field courses required; 4) Successful completion of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) is required prior to student teaching.
NOTE: College of the Ozarks Teacher Education Program and Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Certification Standards that are in effect at the time of program completion must be met in order to be recommended for teaching certification.
College of the Ozarks students who completed the professional educational programs for teacher certification had a 100% pass rate on the prescribed state licensure tests for 2017-2018.