As a Spanish teacher, you will broaden students' horizons with a foreign language. In Connecticut, you will become certified to teach students in grades 7-12. Learn more about the steps needed to start your career as a Spanish teacher.
Connecticut Spanish Teacher Requirements
|Average Salary for Teachers in Connecticut (2016)*|| $77,250 (Middle School Teachers, Except Special & Career/Technical Education)
$76,260 (Secondary School Teachers, Except Special & Career/Technical Education)
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Degree Field||Education or Spanish|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators and ACTFL Spanish examinations|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Step 1: Fulfill Educational Requirements
A traditional route to Spanish teacher certification is to complete a bachelor's degree from an approved teacher preparation program. You can go to the Connecticut Department of Education's website to find all of the approved preparation programs in the state.
Before applying to a preparation program, you will need to take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators. You will take a test for reading, mathematics, and writing. Each preparation program has its own passing scores for this examination.
You may not have to take the Praxis examination if you have qualifying scores on the SAT, GRE, or ACT examinations:
- SAT: Total verbal/math score of 1000 (prior to 3/31/95) or 1100 (on/after 4/1/95)
- GRE: Total verbal/math score of 1000 (prior to 8/1/11) or 297 (on/after 8/1/11)
- ACT: Verbal score of 20 and math score of 17 (prior to 10/89); Verbal score of 22 and math score of 19 (on/after 10/89)
For this career, you can complete a bachelor's degree in secondary education Spanish. This will make you eligible to teach Spanish to students in grades 7-12. Relevant courses may include the foundations of education, curriculum and assessment in secondary education, and adolescent development. You will need to complete a student teaching assignment as part of your approved preparation program.
Step 2: Pass Certification Examination
The second step in the certification process is to take state certification examinations for Spanish. You will need to take two ACTFL examinations, which consist of an oral proficiency interviews and a writing proficiency test. You will need to earn a passing level of 'advanced low' on each examination.
You will then need to submit your fingerprints for a criminal record check from the state of Connecticut and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Step 3: Obtain Teaching Credentials
After meeting all of the above requirements, it will be time to apply for your initial teaching certificate. The process consists of an application and $50 processing fee, as well as submitting your college transcripts and the ED125 Statement of Preparing Higher Education Institution. The ED125 Statement must contain your college's seal and an original signature.
Your initial certificate will be good for three years. You can then apply for your provisional educator certificate, which is good for eight years. You will be eligible if you meet one of the below conditions:
- 10 months of work experience under your initial teaching certificate
- 30 months of work experience within 10 years in a public school outside of Connecticut
The last certificate offered by Connecticut is the professional educator. It requires that you have completed 30 months of teaching under the provisional certificate and additional coursework training for Spanish.
Certification Resources for Connecticut Spanish Teachers
This study guide may help aspiring Spanish teachers on their journey to certification.