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Spanish Teaching Certification Programs

Spanish teachers instruct students on vocabulary, syntax and grammar, and they also apply creative and memorable techniques to teach about Spanish cultures, history and literature. Learn more about degree programs in this field, licensure and the career outlook below.

What Degree Program Should I Study to Teach Spanish?

In order to teach, most states will require you to hold a bachelor's degree in education. Some post-baccalaureate programs offer a Spanish concentration with teaching certification. This program allows you to study Spanish and hone the teaching skills you'll need to become a teacher. Some Spanish courses are offered through extension programs. Knowledge of Spanish grammar or basics is often a prerequisite.

These programs teach you Spanish linguistics, syntax, Spanish culture and Spanish history. You'll study Spanish dialects, American Spanish heritage, Hispanic civilizations, Latin women writers and Hispanic literature. You'll learn how to teach the language through a series of education courses, including human development, curriculum planning, literacy, multimedia technology, assessment, classroom management and language methodology. You'll also spend time in a classroom learning to teach real students.

Course TopicsLatin women writers, Hispanic civilization, literacy, classroom management
Licensing RequirementsVaries by state
Job Growth*4% for high school teachers in 2019-2029

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Do I Need a Teaching License?

If you plan to work in a public school, you'll need to seek licensure. If you have a degree in only Spanish, some states may allow you to pursue an alternative license. If your city is lacking Spanish teachers, an alternative license would allow you to teach while you obtain education requirements for teaching licensure. Some states only require you to learn specific education principles and not earn an additional degree.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) provides a national certification exam that can accompany state licensure. This voluntary credential is valid for ten years, and it might be used to complete hands-on work required to earn your state license.

What Is the Career Outlook?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), high school teaching opportunities are supposed to grow by 4% between 2019-2029 (www.bls.gov). Job prospects are higher for those who teach science, math and languages. Therefore, you can anticipate more job opportunities teaching Spanish than some other subjects.

The BLS reported the average yearly salary for secondary school teachers was $67,340, as of 2020. The lowest ten percent of teachers in America made up to $41,330 annually, while the top ten percent made at least $102,130. New York and California were among the top five highest-paying states for teachers.