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Spanish Teaching

The Spanish Education major at Anderson University prepares students to teach Spanish in elementary and secondary (P-12) settings.

The program requires at least 35 hours of Spanish coursework, including at least six hours of overseas study. Students also study 3-8 hours in one other modern foreign language. Along with these requirements in language study, students complete an additional 46 hours of coursework in the area of professional education through the Department of Teacher Education

AU is one of only 8 universities in Indiana to earn national recognition from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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This program is interdisciplinary.

The major requires 45-47 hours of Spanish and language-related coursework through the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures and 46 hours of education coursework in partnership with the School of Education.


What classes will I take?

  • Teaching as a Profession
  • Spanish Conversation
  • Advanced Spanish Grammar and Translation
  • Spanish-American Civilization

View the courses required for the Spanish Teaching Major.


What experiences will I have?

In addition to a variety of formative teaching experiences in local schools and a final semester of student teaching, students earn a minimum of six credit hours toward their major through study abroad. Most elect to go for an entire semester. Through these experiences, we aim to graduate Spanish Teaching majors who demonstrate the content and pedagogical excellence and the intercultural humility necessary to lead in today’s schools and communities.

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Inge Baird

Assistant Professor of Spanish; Assistant Professor of German

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Inge Baird

Inge grew up in Brazil, South America, speaking Portuguese at school and German at home. At age 20 she began her college studies in the United States, graduating from Anderson University in 1985 with majors in Spanish and German. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Spanish from Ball State University. She has taught German and Spanish at Anderson for more than 25 years. Inge is married to David Baird, who teaches in the Department of Communication Arts at AU, and the couple has two adult children. In her free time, Inge enjoys walking, gardening, cooking, traveling and serving in a ministry to migrant children.

Professor Baird has served at Anderson University since 1987.

Contact Professor Baird:
(765) 641-4415

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Assistant Professor of German
B.A., Anderson University
M.A., Ball State University
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Carrie Clay

Assistant Professor of Spanish

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Carrie Clay

Professor Carrie Y. Clay earned her B.A. in Spanish Teaching from Anderson University in 1999 and her M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College in 2005. She has traveled and studied in El Salvador, Mexico and Spain.

Professor Clay began her teaching career at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis. A few years later she returned to her alma mater, AU, where she now teaches Elementary/Intermediate Spanish, Spanish Phonetics, Methods in Teaching Foreign Languages, Strategies for Advanced Spanish Proficiency and First-Year Seminar.

In 2012 Professor Clay was awarded the Collegiate Teacher of the Year award by the Indiana chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (IAATSP). In 2019, she was honored to receive a Site Manager of the Year award from College Mentors for Kids.

Professor Clay is married and has two children. She enjoys books, travel and music. She and her family attend Daleville United Methodist Church.

Contact Prof. Clay:
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Director, Critical Thinking Seminar
B.A., Anderson University
M.A., Middlebury College

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Dr. Timothy Fox

Chair, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures; Professor of Spanish

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Dr. Timothy Fox

Dr. Fox is currently the Chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures. His area of specialization is Latin American short fiction, but he enjoys teaching all levels of Spanish. Dr. Fox feels blessed to work at AU with a gifted and dedicated group of departmental colleagues. He has led student travel groups to Spain, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, traveling, biking and watching college sports. His greatest satisfaction is seeing AU language grads take their skills and knowledge into a variety of professions and make a difference in their community and the world. "We know that our MFLC graduates are doing well and doing good around the world. As teachers, business people, programmers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, linguists, social workers, missionaries and so much more, AU language grads are being light and salt in a world so in need of God's love."

Dr. Fox has served at Anderson University since 1998.

Contact Dr. Fox:
(765) 641-4433

Chair, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures
Professor of Spanish
B.A., Anderson College
M.A., Anderson School of Theology
M.A., Ball State University
Ph.D., Purdue University

Dr. Brandan Grayson

Associate Professor of Spanish, Director of the First Year Experience Seminar

Dr. Brandan Grayson

Dr. Grayson teaches all levels of Spanish language as well as courses having to do with the art, history, and literature of Spain. She is an enthusiastic reader of Golden Age Spanish Theater, and loves introducing students to the various manifestations of cultural identity in Spain. She also researches early modern Jesuit school plays. Additionally, Dr. Grayson directs the First Year Experience Seminar, where she enjoys challenging students to identify how their core values will impact their lives, both at AU and beyond. In her spare time, she is an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Spanish tortillas.

Dr. Grayson has served at Anderson University since 2011.

Contact Dr. Grayson:
(765) 641-4432

Associate Professor of Spanish
Director of the First Year Experience Seminar
B.A., University of Tulsa
M.A., Notre Dame
Ph. D., Washington University in Saint Louis