Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, B.A. Applied Languages: Spanish K-12 Teaching Licensure Concentration


The Language, Literatures, and Cultures major in Spanish K-12 with Teaching Licensure is designed to ensure a well-rounded education in pedagogy, language, literature, linguistics, and culture. The program is balanced and comprehensive yet allows you the opportunity to explore subjects of special interest to them. 

Students seeking initial licensure to teach in North Carolina must work closely with the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and the School of Education, since both agencies certify competence and recommend the student for licensure to the State.


  • Faculty receive regional, national, and international recognition and have received prestigious campus- and nation-wide teaching awards.
  • Faculty have received research grants allowing them to pursue literary, cultural, and linguistic study that they share in the classroom.
  • The department offers a wide variety of co-curricular events that promote global awareness and cross-cultural understanding.
  • The department participates in foreign language studies consortia within the University of North Carolina distance education system, UNC Online and the Language Exchange, as well as interdisciplinary programs throughout the College of Arts and Sciences.


  • Opportunities to engage in service-learning and internships that connect with diverse local language communities and the organizations that serve them.
  • Participation in worldwide study abroad opportunities, including summer immersion programs in Costa Rica and Spain.
  • The opportunity to improve language skills and culture knowledge by joining the Global Village living-learning community as a freshman and/or to apply those skills as a Global Village Language Facilitator as an advanced major.
  • Participation in language-focused clubs, where you meet others who are interested in practicing their language skills and learning more about other cultures.
  • Undergraduate research opportunities (through department association with UNCG’s Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office) and access to a range of department-based annual scholarships allocated according to academic achievement and need as well as to awards supporting study abroad.
  • Internship and student teaching opportunities in language classrooms in local public schools.


  • You may be recommended for an initial teaching license valid in all North Carolina.
  • You will receive excellent preparation for careers and graduate school, especially when combined with studies — or even second majors— in art history, business, consumer, apparel & retail studies, public health education, geography, environment and sustainability, history, philosophy, sociology, music, and international and global studies.
  • Graduates are easily able to find jobs in local schools or may pursue many different career paths, including education, translation and interpretation, telecommunications, government and Foreign Service, and law.
  • Potential careers include:
    • Translator/Interpreter
    • Study Abroad Program Coordinator
    • Diplomat
    • Editor
    • Foreign Service Officer
    • International Business Manager
    • International Trade Specialist
    • Publications Translator
    • Lawyer
  • Competitive grants and fellowships have been given to graduates including Fulbright Teaching and Research Fellowships, Critical Language Scholarships, and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarships, and some have been selected to participate in special experiences like the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF), the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, and teaching opportunities in Spain through the Spanish Ministry of Education.
  • Graduates have earned advanced degrees at prestigious institutions, including Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Kentucky, University of Virginia, Georgetown University, and Vanderbilt University.

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Program Details

Degree Type: Bachelor's

College/School: College of Arts and Sciences

Program Type: Majors & Concentrations

Class Type: In Person

Contact Us

Dr. Brenda Ross
Coordinator of Language Licensure
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures