Jul 23, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Spanish Major with Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education Major

The purpose of the Spanish Major Program with Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education is to prepare students to think in an informed manner and critically about the Spanish language, its evolutions, and its cultural uses in contemporary Spanish-speaking societies, including the United States, with the goal of becoming effective teachers. It is now documented that the languages that human beings speak impact the ways in which they think. An important focus of our program is the multilayered connections between Spanish-speaking countries and the United States, which might illuminate the reasons behind the presence of Latinx people in the United States. By critically analyzing texts, movies, songs, websites, paintings, art, and different cultural artifacts, students will learn the language while gaining a better understanding of these neighboring Spanish-speaking societies, in order to become inspiring change-makers who will strive for making a difference in our world. Through our program, students are given opportunities to participate in various community engagement projects with migrants, providing experiences that have been qualified by students as “life-changing” and “incredibly fulfilling.” Our program also encourages students to establish connections between our class discussion and what they are learning in other disciplines, in a true cross-disciplinary manner, in Spanish.

Course options include: Conversational Spanish; Spanish for the Health Professions; Business Spanish; Short Stories; Culture of Spanish-Speaking societies (with a focus in the relationship between Latin America and the U.S., which explains the presence of Latinos in the United States); Towards Proficiency in Spanish; Foundational Stories of Latin America; Women, Film, and Literature; Testimonial Narratives; Migrant Voices; Exploring the Latin American City; and Intercultural Cyber-Pals (which provides the opportunity to work bilingually, in English and Spanish, with students from Universidad de Concepción in Chile). In addition, the Spanish Program offers students the opportunity to participate in deeply transformational experiences with migrant communities in the area with whom we have community engagement projects. Furthermore, students will find internship opportunities in Spanish both abroad and locally.

Through the Emerson Foreign Language Laboratory, students use technology and media at all language levels to communicate effectively in the target language by using the most updated software for language acquisition, an experience that includes interactions with native speakers both locally and abroad.

Students seeking initial certification at the early childhood and childhood levels may double major in Spanish and Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education. Students in this double major are required to have a minimum overall GPA of 2.7 before moving into INCH coursework which typically begins fall semester of the junior year.

Core Curriculum Requirements

All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures  for specific core curriculum requirements. 

Spanish Course Requirements

  • 9 courses in Spanish (3 credits each), starting at the 102 level or higher


  • 3 labs in Spanish are required (1 credit each); other labs are optional
  •  plus

  • Credits: 3
  • The Senior Experience for the Spanish major culminates with a capstone course, SPN*400, a seminar format that encourages students to further develop their critical thinking skills. It is a discussion-centered course that will allow seniors to reflect in depth about their experience in becoming fluent in the Spanish language, as well as their translingual and transcultural competence in contemporary Spanish-speaking societies, including the United States, and including their experience abroad.


    • Classes taught in English do not count toward NYSED certification in teaching the target language.

Spanish Study Abroad Program

  • One semester of study abroad is highly recommended:

Nazareth University offers different options for study abroad programs in Valencia, Spain, as well as in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Chile, and Peru, through the Center for International Education (CIE). Spanish majors and non-majors alike may take advantage of the exciting course offerings in the fall and spring semesters. We highly encourage students to spend a semester abroad to make of their education a more in-depth experience.

Required Courses for Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education Majors

Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education Major Requirements

Sample Program for the Spanish Major with Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education

Fall Semester Spring Semester
ENGW 101 Exposition    3 ENGW 102 Argument and Research   3
ACS 101 Academic and College Success   1 SPN 202 Intermediate Spanish II   3
FYS - PEQ (1) 3 SPN 202L Lab Intermediate Spanish II   1
Science PEQ plus lab (2) 4 PEQ (3) 3
SPN 201 Intermediate Spanish I          3 PEQ (4) 3
SPN 201L Lab Intermediate Spanish I   1 PEQ (5) 3
Fall Semester Spring Semester
SPF 204 History and Philosophy of Education   3 Study Abroad - coursework may include: 15
SPN 203 Spanish-Speaking Cultures I   3      *Experiential Learning (EL) Pathway  
Integrative Studies (IS) - 1 3      *SPN 205  
PEQ (6) & (7) 6      *PEQ(s)  
         *300-level Spanish coursework  
Fall Semester Spring Semester
INCH 310 Differentiated Planning and Assessment For Diverse Learners    3 INCH 380 Construction of Meaning in Mathematics And Science    3
INCH 320 Emergent Literacy and Language Development   3 INCH 390 Literacy, Language Arts, and Social Studies   3
DEIB/Integrative Studies (IS) - 2 3 SPN 204 Spanish-Speaking Cultures II   3
Integrative Studies (IS) - 3 3 Spanish course (300 level) 3
Spanish course (300 level) 3 Liberal Arts Elective 3
EDU 475 Health Education, Child Abuse, and Violence Prevention Workshop   0 EDU 485 Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training)   0
    CME 050 Core Milestone Experience   0
Note - summer tuition is required
INCH 410 Diversity and Inclusion for Inclusive Early Childhood and Childhood Classrooms    3 INCH 411 Field Work and Practicum in Inclusive Education Settings   3
Fall Semester Spring Semester
INCH 425 Designing and Implementing Positive Learning Communities      3 INCH 490 Current Issues in Inclusive Education    3
INCH 435 Assessment for Learning   3 INCH 499 Inclusive Education Portfolio Presentation   0
INCH 470 Reflective Seminar on Teaching, Collaboration and Building Collaborative Partnerships   3 SPN 400 Spanish Senior Seminar   3
INCH 480 Student Teaching   6 Math or Science Elective credits 3-6
    Spanish course (300 level) 3-6
    *Note - 12 credits in this semester must be Liberal Arts -


  • Students in Bachelor of Arts degree programs must complete 90 credits of liberal arts coursework (thus, all Integrative Studies and elective courses must be Liberal Arts).
  • Students in the Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education major must complete 10 credits of math and science coursework.
  • Students may use a major course to fulfill one Integrative Studies (IS) course requirement.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.7 is required before moving into INCH coursework (fall semester, junior year).