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Explore the Spanish teaching bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Combine your love for Spanish and teaching with a bachelor's degree in Spanish education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Rooted in experiential learning and travel, our Spanish teaching major provides countless opportunities for you to grow as a teacher and as a person. Participate in a cultural immersion trip, join a student organization or enroll in a community-based course. Rigorous curriculum — paired with a semester of student-teaching — will introduce you to best practices and help you to discover your preferred teaching style.

All Spanish teaching majors are required to take what they've learned and put it into practice through study abroad or an alternative language immersion experience. Popular study abroad sites include Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Chile, Spain, Uruguay and Mexico. Students can also choose to participate in the National Student Exchange Program. This unique opportunity allows Blugolds to study for a semester at another university while still paying UWEC tuition.

You'll graduate from UW-Eau Claire with so much more than just a degree. You'll have the skills, experience and credentials needed to inspire, motivate and educate our next generation. 

Blugold returns to the nest

When Jesse Martinez returned to UW-Eau Claire, he found himself in an unusual spot: the front of the class. Jesse began teaching in the very classrooms where he learned Spanish. As part of the Blugold Beginnings summer camp program, Jesse recently worked to teach Spanish to area students.

“Being back on campus and then coming to these classrooms where I learned how to teach and then actually teaching them is a really cool feeling,” he said. 

Now a public school teacher in the La Crosse School District, Jesse credits UWEC for providing him with a personal, impactful education. “The perk of coming to UW-Eau Claire is the awesome programs that give you the skills you need to be successful, while still having small class sizes and relationships with your professors.”

Spanish teaching degree scholarships

UW-Eau Claire has built a supportive community and alumni network that can help students pay for college. For example, the Josette T. Migawa Spanish Scholarship offers a $600 scholarship to students pursuing a Spanish teaching degree. Dr. Migawa was passionate about language and developing her fluency in Spanish as a student at UW-Eau Claire. 

Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.

To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your Spanish teaching degree.

Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.

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Quick facts

Spanish teaching program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Availability: campus
  • This major requires a minor.
  • This program is also available as a minor.
Student organizations
  • Spanish Club
  • Sigma Delta Pi
  • Latinx Student Association

Spanish teaching bachelor's degree program highlights

Cultural immersion trips. Many Blugolds seek out additional opportunities to learn about other cultures. Ranging from week- to semester-long, these faculty-led experiences focus on a variety of interesting topics and often lead to new perspectives that can be life-changing. Recent trips include the Civil Rights Pilgrimage in Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana; the Social and Environmental Justice Experience in Guatemala; Women's Lives and Experiences in Nicaragua; and Culture, Society and Economics in Argentina.

Research opportunities. Spanish faculty members regularly engage in research and actively encourage students to become involved in their latest projects. These opportunities often lead to a chance to travel to state, regional and international conferences to present their findings.

State-of-the-art technology. Our Language Lab and the Roma Hoff Instructional Resource Center are filled with sound and video programs, films, games and computer software to help you practice what you learn in class.

Outstanding faculty. At UW-Eau Claire, our talented faculty make it a priority to create an impactful learning environment where you come first. Professors have a multitude of experience in the subjects they teach. Here, you are not just a number — you will get to work closely with faculty, learn how to lead a successful classroom and create meaningful, lasting connections with others who are just as passionate about Spanish as you are.

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Spanish students study abroad

What jobs can you get with a Spanish teaching degree from UWEC?

Spanish teaching majors leave UW-Eau Claire ready to educate young minds. Graduates earn the certification required to teach Spanish in early childhood through adolescent-level classrooms. 

Where are Spanish teaching alumni now? 

Amanda Flandrich made a lifetime of memories as well as friendships during her time studying abroad in Spain.

Studying abroad: a life-changing experience

Studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country is a requirement for all Spanish teaching majors, and for Amanda Flandrich, the experience ended up being one she'll never forget. 

“It’s incredible what studying abroad has done for me,” she said. “The people I met, the experiences I had and the information I learned impacted me greatly."

In addition to becoming fluent in the Spanish language, developing a greater appreciation for other cultures and meeting lifelong friends, the experience is also putting Amanda one step closer to landing her dream job as an elementary Spanish immersion teacher. 

“By the end of our study abroad, most students were ready to go back to their ‘normal’ life, but I was the complete opposite. Spain has my heart. My international experience was the most important and influential part of my college experience.”

Spanish teaching bachelor's degree program curriculum

UW-Eau Claire sets you up for success through interactive learning and professional experience, including time spent assisting teachers and student teaching. An exciting and key component of this program is that students are required to study abroad in a country where Spanish is spoken. Whether you spend Winterim in Latin America or a semester in Spain, these immersive experiences will enhance your understanding of the language and help you to confidently teach Spanish.

Classes for Spanish teaching majors may include:

Learn more about the Spanish teaching major in the UWEC course catalog

Learn more about the Spanish teaching minor in the UWEC course catalog

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