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Spanish Teacher Certification in Texas

All Texas teachers need to get certified to teach in the state. For Spanish teachers, this requires education in Spanish and also in instructing students in a second language. Get more details below.

Info About Texas Spanish Teacher Careers

Texas Spanish educators need to get a state teaching certification, which will allow them to teach early childhood through grade 12. Spanish teachers are expected to have proficiency in the language and an understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures. They also need to have the appropriate skills for teaching languages.

Education/Experience Required Bachelor's degree in Spanish education and teacher preparation program
Exams Required TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) EC-12 (160)
TExES Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Spanish EC-12 (613)
License Validity Period Five years
Renewal Requirements 150 professional development hours
Mean Salary for TX Teachers (2018) $34,960 (preschool)
$54,780 (kindergarten)
$56,520 (elementary school)
$56,580 (middle school)
$58,190 (high school)*
Estimated Job Growth (2016-2026, nationwide) 10% (preschool)
7% (kindergarten and elementary school)
8% (middle and high school)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Education and Experience Requirements

Regardless of subject area or grade level, Texas teachers need to have a bachelor's degree and complete a teacher preparation program. The traditional way to do this, for Spanish teachers, is to complete a bachelor's degree in Spanish education, which includes a teacher preparation program and student teaching experience. However, candidates who already have a bachelor's degree in a different area may complete a teacher preparation program as part of a higher-level degree or an alternative certification program. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) lists acceptable programs on its website. (Spanish programs are listed under Languages Other Than English.)

Certification Exams

Spanish teachers will also need to take two Texas Examinations of Educator Standards, or TExES. One exam is Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) EC-12 (160), a test about basic teaching roles and classroom instruction that all first-time certification applicants are required to pass. The other is a content-specific exam: Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Spanish EC-12 (613). This one involves Spanish reading, listening, writing and speaking to assess proficiency, as well as questions to assess knowledge of Spanish instruction. Each exam fee is $116 as of 2019, and the passing score is 240.

Certification Application

Teacher preparation programs will likely ensure aspiring teachers have met all the education and testing requirements before they start to apply for certification. Once they have, applicants make an account in the Texas Education Agency Login (TEAL), which will give them access to the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS) to apply for certification and pay the application fee. When their applications are accepted, teachers will receive an email, and then they can view and print certificates through ECOS as well.

Fingerprinting Requirements

All teachers in Texas are required to get fingerprinted for a national background check. This process will be initiated through ECOS during the application process. Applicants will need to make an appointment with the state-approved vendor to get fingerprinted. The fee is $50.25 as of 2019.

License Renewal

Texas teaching certificates need to be renewed every five years. Teachers can renew their certificates as long as they complete 150 hours of continuing education during that time. They can find continuing education providers on the TEA website and then renew their certificate through the ECOS portal.