May 08, 2021  
Course Catalog 2020-2021 
Course Catalog 2020-2021

Education - Secondary Major - Spanish (Grades 5-12)

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This major is only granted in conjunction with the Hispanic Studies major. Students must consult the secondary education program coordinator for guidance regarding particular courses required for the Massachusetts initial teaching license. This license can be converted into a license valid in other states by contacting the respective state department of education.  Students must register for the MTEL Communication and Literacy exam before declaring their Education major.

Required Courses

Student Teaching

During the student-teaching practicum (EDUC 496 ), students are evaluated according to the following five standards that define the knowledge and skills required of all Massa­chusetts teachers.

  1. Plans Curriculum
  2. Delivers Effective Instruction
  3. Manages Classroom Climate
  4. Promotes Equity
  5. Meets Professional Responsibilities


If students fail to meet one of these standards, they will not be eligible for licensure. In this event, EDUC 496  will be converted into an Independent Study and the Education Licensure Major will be converted into a General Education Minor.

Additional information

Eligibility for EDUC 495 /EDUC 496  (the student-teaching practicum) requires a CGPA of 3.0, a B- or better in EDUC 230  and EDUC 391 , a GPA of B or above in the subject area major, a fieldwork experience in a setting with diverse learners, passing scores on the reading and writing subtests of the MTEL Communication and Literacy exam, a passing score on the MTEL English exam, and good social standing according to the Dean of Students with no conduct hearings pending.  Students must also demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Wheaton Education Department, promise of fulfilling all Massachusetts Professional Standers for Teachers, including the Professional Culture Standard (which must be demonstrated by behavior such as, but not limited to, appropriate professional communication and appropriate professional conduct with classmates, students, fieldwork supervisors, community members, and faculty).

The secondary education program coordinator may grant waivers authorizing students to take alternative courses. These waivers are granted when students have taken a similar Wheaton course or a similar course at another institution. In extraordinary circumstances, the coordinator may grant waivers based on reading lists or assignments completed in multiple courses. Waivers may be granted for foundation courses or subject-matter courses, but not for EDUC 391  or EDUC 495 /EDUC 496 . Ordinarily, coordinators will grant no more than two waivers per student (exceptions are made for students who take relevant courses abroad).

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