B.A. in Modern Language Education

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The demand for multilingual, especially Spanish-speaking teachers and employees, along with increased globalization in all areas of life, creates unique opportunities for modern language education graduates. This program prepares graduates to become middle and high school Spanish teachers, and for several other careers requiring multilingualism. 

Rivier’s strong, hands-on education program delivers:

  • 95% pass rate on national certification exams*
  • Extensive field experience and teaching starting freshman year
  • Eligibility for certification in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories; the Department of Defense Education Activity; Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario per the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement

Rivier’s modern language education degree fulfills all the requirements of our Spanish major and the New Hampshire State Department of Education Professional Standards for Teachers, which are required for certification. Major coursework requires ten courses beyond elementary Spanish, as well as secondary education coursework. In addition to Spanish, Rivier offers classes in Chinese, Italian, and French.

In students’ junior or senior year, they have the chance to study in residence in a country or community of Spanish speakers, or to take part in an immersion program, to comply with New Hampshire secondary certification guidelines. Rivier has partnered with the Center for International Educational Exchange (CIEE) to provide a variety of academic opportunities abroad for students to develop their foreign language fluency and understanding of other countries. 

The program culminates with a 16-week student teaching assignment at a local middle or high school, which is coordinated by Rivier’s Education Department staff. Rivier’s focused mission on student global engagement offers modern language education majors many on-campus opportunities for cultural exchanges, as well.

Rivier’s education degrees prepare graduates for the “classroom of the future.” With assistance from several federal grants—including Project New Teachers—the University has become a statewide leader in preparing teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms. 

Rivier University is a College of Distinction.   

Department of Modern Languages
Rivier's high-quality, hands-on bachelor's and master's programs prepare students for leadership roles in a global environment. For more information, visit the Department of Modern Languages.

B.A. in Modern Language Education graduates can pursue roles as:

  • Middle and high school Spanish teachers
  • College professors
  • ESL teachers and tutors
  • Interpreters and translators
  • Global industry professionals

Note: Some careers may require additional graduate study.

Rivier’s Career Development Center (CDC) provides professional advising, assistance with career or major planning, internship options, job search information, and graduate school exploration. For a complete list of CDC resources, visit the Center’s web page.

*Source: 2014 Title II Report


Student/Alumni/Faculty Profiles

Sadie Bradshaw, Elementary & Special Education/Spanish

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