About The Program
The Spanish B.S.Ed. degree prepares you to become a Spanish teacher to students in grades K-12. As part of this degree program, you'll complete professional education courses for K-12 certification.
NSU Spanish courses concentrate on real-world application, preparing you to share your knowledge, practice and experience in your own classroom as a Spanish teacher or in other careers.
NSU instructors with field experience in Spanish-speaking countries provide an engaging, stimulating learning experience.
NSU also offers a popular four-week study-abroad opportunity to take intensive Spanish courses in Santiago, Chile.
Familiarity and experience with Spanish language and culture can advance the career aspirations of anyone seeking to succeed as a professional in the global economy.
Foreign-language graduate employment is concentrated in education and private, for-profit businesses and corporations.
Potential career areas include elementary, middle, and high school teacher; adult educator; interpreter; news analyst, reporter, and correspondent; writer, editor and translator; advertising, marketing, and public relations specialist; and foreign service officer.
For more information on careers in your major or help choosing a major, contact Career Services.
“My favorite aspect about Northern is the community and the professors. They truly care about you and your success. During my sophomore year, I decided to challenge myself and pursue a minor in Spanish – something I never thought I’d attempt before I came to Northern. I want to personally thank Dr. Juan Gonzalez for always pushing me to continue Spanish and believing in me when I couldn’t. With the continuous help and support from Dr. Gonzalez, I was able to step completely out of my comfort zone and study in Santiago, Chile, for a month. I was set up with a host family that spoke only Spanish. It was terrifying at first, but soon I became comfortable and learned more about the authentic culture than I ever could in a classroom. In a foreign country, I discovered my true passion: learning about other cultures and meeting people from all around the world. My perception of South America completely changed and my language skills surprised me by the end of my time abroad. You never know where life will take you, so my advice is if something excites and terrifies you at the same time: DO IT!” – Karlie Brown #beNORTHERN #unleashYOURpotential #WolvesAbroad #ICanDoThis
For more information about this degree, contact Jessica Ness, or call 605-626-2272 or 605-626-7900. Or, contact NSU Admissions at 605-626-2544 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ph.D, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Juan M. Gonzalez, originally from Salt Lake City Utah, worked for 18 years as an international public relations specialist/marketing rep for an advertising firm. Part of his responsibilities included making three to four week trips throughout South America and Mexico to meet and greet radio and TV managers and owners. He has worked and lived in every major city in that area.
An economic downturn in the mid-90s found him without work and consequently he went back to school to complete a BA and MA in Spanish at the University of Utah. He left Utah in 1998 to complete his Ph.D in Spanish at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, from which he graduated in 2005. Recently, he spent four years teaching Spanish at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado.
Juan has been teaching at Northern State University in Aberdeen,…
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In her Spanish, linguistics, and communication classes, Tetiana (Tanya) White gives students opportunities to develop new and various lenses through which to see themselves and other cultures. She enjoys watching students gain the confidence to speak publicly and carry that skill into their future careers.
Ms. White’s research interests lie at the intersection of linguistics and communication. Her latest master’s thesis studied critical cultural awareness of students, the structure of their mental lexicon, and their cultural values and beliefs. Her scholarly…