Simpson University Offers Spanish Educators Minor

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif.—As California’s need for bilingual teachers grows with the recent passage of Proposition 58, Simpson University is offering a new Spanish for Educators minor for students working toward a teaching degree.

“Prop 58 means bilingual programs are back in California schools,” said Debora Rager, chair of Simpson’s Communication and Modern Foreign Language Department. “Many districts are looking to add to their bilingual teaching staff but are hard-pressed to find teachers who can speak formal, academic Spanish and understand the Common Core standards.”

To that end, the Simpson University School of Education is partnering with the Spanish Department to offer the Spanish for Educators minor in conjunction with the four-year Liberal Studies major, designed for those who wish to go on to earn a teaching credential.

The 21-unit minor, which kicks off in fall 2018, includes regular Spanish courses, bilingual education courses, and courses in education vernacular in Spanish.

“We are excited to be offering education students an essential skill set for the 21st century classroom,” said Dr. Craig Cook, dean of the School of Education. “Language competency has been shown as a key marker in moving students to greater learning. With the state of California leading the way in multicultural and bilingual education, it is vital that we prepare students with the skills to operate effectively in California classrooms.”

Simpson University offers a bachelor of arts in Spanish Language and Culture, as well as a Spanish Journalism minor and Spanish for Nurses minor.

To learn more about Simpson’s new Spanish for Educators minor, contact Debora Rager at or Dr. Craig Cook at

To learn more about the Spanish Department, visit To learn more about the School of Education, visit



Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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