Certifications for Teaching Spanish

Read to learn about licensure requirements for teaching K-12 Spanish, as well as qualifying degree options for a teaching license. Explore options for national certification available to middle and high school Spanish teachers. Schools offering Teaching & Learning degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Will I Need to Teach Spanish?

Most states require individuals to have bachelor's degrees to teach elementary and secondary school students. If you're interested in teaching Spanish, then you might want to pursue a bachelor's degree in the language or seek a program with a specific teaching certification concentration. To obtain teaching licensure, you typically need at least some background in education, and the second option offers such training. As of 2016, online Spanish teaching degrees are only available at the masters level, and on-campus options remain prevalent at colleges and universities for all degree levels.

If you're interested in teaching at universities, you'll need to hold a doctorate in Spanish. Anything less and you'll only be qualified to work as an adjunct or part-time professor. Many colleges look for someone who's mastered their subject, and the doctoral program usually includes instruction-based courses.

Degree Levels Bachelor's, master's and doctoral
Subjects Offered Spanish composition, Spanish literature and history, bilingual education, child development, phonetics
Credentials Required Licenses/certifications are needed for K-12 teaching
Getting Licensed State board exams; bachelor's degree in education or relevant major required
Certification Options Voluntary national certification from National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) valid for10 years

What Will I Learn in a Spanish Teaching Program?

Bachelor's degree programs for aspiring Spanish teachers are usually full academic degree programs in Spanish, and they carry additional teacher certification. The programs themselves don't award certification, but they prepare you to receive the teaching credentials after graduation. They not only teach you the Spanish language, but also education theories.

You'll study adolescent and child development, human relations and family studies. You'll study classroom management, second language methodology, learning, instructional, psychology, curriculum development, testing, assessment and pedagogy theories, as well as spending time in a real classroom teaching students. This hands-on experience helps you meet the hourly requirement needed by some states for licensure.

You'll also study the literary work of Cervantes, as well as explore other aspects of Spanish-speaking culture, literature and history. You'll learn the English-to-Spanish grammar differences, Spanish composition, syntax, old Spanish, conversational Spanish, elementary Spanish, pronunciation and phonetics.

What Certifications Are Available?

Licenses, credentials and certifications are terms that are used interchangeably by different states to describe teaching credentials. Each state has its own requirements for teaching credentials. As of 2016, public school teachers of all subjects in all U.S. states need to hold licensure. This includes all grades from K-12. Some organizations offer voluntary certification that can accompany state certification.

How Do I Become Licensed?

The state board of education determines requirements and provides licensure exams. Most states require bachelor's degrees in education; however, if you majored in a subject for which teachers are in high need, such as Spanish, this requirement may be waived.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more states are leaning away from knowledge-based licensure tests and beginning to implement performance-based tests. This came about because of many states requiring teaching candidates to spend a number of hours in the classroom under observation in order to receive licensure.

How Do I Become Nationally Certified?

A voluntary national certification is offered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). This credential is valid for ten years and complements your state's licensure. The NBPTS also offers a foreign language certificate for teachers who want to instruct Spanish or French to middle and high school students (www.nbpts.org).

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