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Spanish or ESL PreK-12 Initial Licensure

The Spanish or English as a Second Language PreK-12 Initial Licensure concentration is designed for the individual who holds a Baccalaureate degree and wishes to become a teacher of Spanish or English as a Second Language.

Upon successful completion and all current Virginia Department of Education requirements for licensure, students meet eligibility requirements for the Virginia Postgraduate Professional Teaching License with an endorsement to teach PreK-12 Spanish or English as a Second Language as well as the Master of Science degree from Longwood University.

Applicants must submit passing scores on Praxis I OR equivalent SAT/ACT scores OR passing scores on VCLA plus Praxis I math or SAT/ACT math, and prior to enrollment in the Graduate Directed Teaching/Professional Semester submit passing scores on Praxis II (except for ESL candidates) and the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) are required.

An application for the Graduate Directed Teaching/Professional Semester must be completed and filed with the Office of Professional Services by the required date, September 1 (one year before the fall professional semester) or February 1 (one year before the spring professional semester).  Visit the Office of Professional Services website for complete information on admission to teacher preparation and the professional semester. 

Applicants to the Spanish concentration are expected to present an undergraduate major or minor in Spanish or be a native speaker of Spanish with a Bachelor's degree. Applicants to the English as a Second Language concentration must present the equivalent of at least three upper-level undergraduate courses in a foreign language, or may take these undergraduate courses during the course of their study. Note that courses with a SPAN prefix are usually offered during summer institutes for teachers. Students should work closely with their advisor to determine their course of study.

Summer Institutes for Teachers

Graduate courses in Spanish are offered during the Summer Institute for Spanish Teachers in Mérida, Venezuela, and in Valencia, Spain, and change each year. Approximate dates each year are from July 5th through 30th; the application deadline is May 1st.

In each Summer Institute attended, students may take two graduate Spanish courses and receive six credits while living with host families and sharing three meals per day with them.

The Summer Institute is very intensive; besides attending classes each day, students participate in visits to sites of cultural or historic significance and in social activities with the families and instructors.

Students should visit the Modern Languages web site for more information.



Newly admitted students are assigned the appropriate advisor. The assignment of the advisor generally is not changed unless the student changes his/her degree program. Prior to registration, students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding course selection and sequence, career goals, and relevant academic policies. Although the academic advisor assists students with curriculum decisions and options, the student bears full responsibility for meeting graduation requirements.


Program Requirements

  • EDUC 506 Contemporary Social Issues in American Education (3)
  • EDUC 521 Human Growth and Development (3)
  • EDUC 530 Teaching Reading in the Content Area (3)
  • EDUC 550 Classroom and Behavior Management for PreK-12 Teachers (3)
  • EDUC 699 Comprehensive Examination (0)
  • PSYC 553 Psycholinguistics (3)
  • SPAN/TESL 500 Approaches to Teaching Spanish/English as a second language (3)
  • SPAN/TESL 601 Graduate Directed Teaching Spanish/English as a second language (6)

Spanish Required Elective Courses (15)

Select a minimum of five courses from the following:

  • SPAN 501 Advanced Grammar Through Composition and Conversation (3)
  • SPAN 502 Advanced Conversation and Phonetics (3)
  • SPAN 520 Topics in Literature (3)
  • SPAN 521 The Teaching of Literature (3)
  • SPAN 530 Topics in Culture and Civilization (3)
  • SPAN 531 The Teaching of Culture and Civilization (3)
  • SPAN 595 Special Topics (1-3)

ESL Required Courses and Electives (15)

Complete three required courses and select two elective courses from the approved choices.

  • EDUC 520 Literacy Development and Cultural Awareness (3)
  • EDUC 524 Emergent and Early Language Acquisition and Literacy Instruction (3)
  • ENGL 579 Writing: Theory and Practice in the Middle, Secondary and College Classroom (3)

English Elective: Select a minimum of one course.

  • ENGL 541 Ethnic Literature (3)
  • ENGL 542 Regional Literature (3)
  • ENGL 543 Postcolonial Literature (3)
  • ENGL 544 Literature and Culture (3)

Language Elective: Select a minimum of one course.

  • FREN 595 (3)
  • GERM 595 (3)
  • SPAN 501-595 (3)
  • Other Languages May Be Used, consult with Program Coordinator



Dr. Lily A. Goetz

Grainger 320