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Celtic Language Teacher: Job Outlook & Requirements

Explore what a Celtic language teacher does. Learn about the education and skills needed, in addition to the salary expectations and predicted job outlook, to see if this is the right career for you.

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Career Definition for a Celtic Language Teacher

Celtic language teachers are usually employed by postsecondary education institutions like colleges and universities to teach students how to speak, write, and understand Celtic-based languages such as Welsh and Irish. Many Celtic language teachers also cover Celtic literature classics. While the Celtic languages are not spoken in many parts of the world, there are still a number of students interested in their study.

Education Teacher certification and bachelor's degree required, master's or Ph.D. recommended
Job Skills Fluency in Celtic languages, classroom management, communication, background in English
Median Salary (2015)* $61,380 for postsecondary teachers of foreign languages
Job Growth (2014-2024)* 13% for all postsecondary teachers

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Education Needed

People interested in teaching Celtic languages in elementary or secondary schools need to be certified to teach in their state of residence. The requirements to be a certified teacher vary by state, but generally include passing a competency test and completing courses in classroom management. Celtic Language teachers will also need at least a 4-year bachelor's degree to be eligible for any teaching position, and acquiring a master's degree or doctorate may be helpful when applying for postsecondary teaching positions. Courses covering Celtic literature, English literature, and rhetoric and composition are usually required for people who want to become Celtic language teachers.

Required Skills

Celtic language teachers need to be able to write, speak, and translate Celtic languages and should also have a firm grasp of English. They will need strong classroom management skills and an engaging communication style.

Career and Economic Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), faster than average job growth of 13% is expected for all postsecondary teachers between 2014 and 2024, though some types of humanities teachers were expected to be less in demand than teachers for areas like nursing. Also, since Celtic languages are among those less commonly taught, Celtic language teachers may want to consider also becoming certified to teach other subjects if work in the Celtic languages isn't available. Also published by the BLS, the median annual salary for postsecondary foreign language and literature teachers was $61,380 in May 2015.

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