Spanish As a Second Language Certification

Read about what you need to do to earn a Spanish as a Second Language certification. Get information about what programs are available programs and what you'll learn in them. Schools offering Teaching ESL degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Why Do I Need This Certification?

In order to teach Spanish as a second language in a public or most private schools, you'll need not only to know it well, but you'll also need to earn a teaching certification. Many colleges offer programs in teaching Spanish. Usually, such a program is split into two important areas: learning how to teach and learning the Spanish language. You can study Spanish as a language at the bachelor's degree or the master's degree level, but you must also have an education major or minor to be eligible for a teaching certification.

Education RequirementsTypically, you must obtain both a teaching certification and some sort of degree or certification in Spanish language ability
Common Study TopicsSpanish literature, phonetics, grammar; pedagogy theories, curriculum planning
Certification/LicensureTo teach in a public school, you must obtain a state-issued teaching license

What Will I Study?

Many colleges use a Spanish-speaking technique, in which the courses are taught in Spanish. Through communicating in Spanish, you'll be forced to process the language more quickly and will learn to understand and speak the language more efficiently. Some colleges teach by looking at literature and learning about the culture and area. This way, you'll learn through association, a technique that is often used by children as they learn to speak. Along with these courses you'll learn Spanish phonetics and grammar. This will help you to teach Spanish to others.

The teaching aspect of the program will teach you pedagogy theories and curriculum planning. You'll study topical courses, such as play in learning, teaching across cultures, human development and technology and education. You'll also learn leadership skills, managing a classroom, linguistics, teaching techniques and foreign language teaching.

How Do I Earn Certification?

In order to teach at a public school, all fifty states require you to initially have a teaching license. These licenses can be earned through each state's department of education. In New York, for instance, the New York State Education Department provides a website that helps you to decide which certification is right for you; practice tests and certification step-by-step guides are also provided. New York requires teachers to have a master's degree; however you may begin teaching with a bachelor's degree while you work towards your master's degree. Check with your state to find the prerequisites for licensure.

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