How to Become a Certified Spanish Teacher in South Carolina

Spanish teachers can work with students of all ages. To acquire Spanish teacher certification in South Carolina, a candidate must complete certain education and testing steps. When these are satisfied, candidates may apply for initial teaching licensure and the Spanish teaching endorsement.

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Foreign language teachers play an incredibly important role in society. They help countless people acquire the highly valuable skill of bilingualism. The ability to speak Spanish is a particularly significant asset given how widely spoken the language is across the world. To become a Spanish teacher in South Carolina, candidates must obtain licensure and a Spanish teaching endorsement. Here, the pathway to Spanish teaching certification in South Carolina is described.

Spanish Teaching Certification Requirements in South Carolina

Average Salary for Teachers in South Carolina (2017)* $50,510 (Elementary), $52,400 (Middle), $53,960 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Spanish
Testing Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core), Principles of Learning and Teaching (Pedagogy) or PPAT or edTPA, Spanish: World Languages (PreK-12, 5195)

Source: *Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Degree

The first thing an aspiring Spanish teacher in South Carolina should do is to get a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Additionally, while undertaking a degree program, candidates should complete an educator preparation program approved by the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE).

Prospective Spanish teacher candidates should pursue a major in Spanish, and a minor in education. The program major will typically include classes in subjects such as Spanish grammar, conversation and literature. The minor will likely include classes such as instruction and teaching, and foreign language methodology. Programs also require candidates to complete a practicum.

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Step 2: Pass All Required Tests

In South Carolina, Spanish teacher candidates must pass three tests that are administered by ETS. These tests comprise a Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (basic skills), Principles of Learning and Teaching (pedagogy), and Spanish: World Language exam:

  • The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam must be successfully completed in order for one to be accepted into an educator preparation program. The exam is divided into three sub-tests that can be taken all at the same time or separately:
    • Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (code: 5712, minimum passing score - 156)
    • Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (code: 5722, minimum passing score - 158)
    • Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (code: 5732, minimum passing score - 142)
  • The Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) is a pedagogy exam which is often taken towards the end of an educator preparation program. There are four versions of this exam. The PLT exam a candidate will take will depend on the grade levels they hope to teach. Candidates seeking a K-12 license can take any one of the PLT exams:
    • PLT: Early Childhood (code: 5621, minimum passing score - 157)
    • PLT: Grades K-6 (code: 5622, minimum passing score - 160)
    • PLT: Grades 5-9 (code: 5623, minimum passing score - 160)
    • PLT: Grades 7-12 (code 5624, minimum passing score - 157)
  • The Spanish: World Languages PreK-12 exam (code: 5195) assesses whether candidates are qualified to be Spanish teachers. The minimum passing score is 168.

Some educator preparation programs require teacher candidates to pass the PPAT assessment (the passing score is 36), or an edTPA. The SCDE will accept the successful completion of these exams/assessments for teacher certification. Candidates should check with their program provider as to what tests they require. Both the PPAT and edTPA must be completed while candidates are enrolled in an approved educator preparation program.

Step 3: Apply for an Initial Teaching License with Endorsement

Once candidates have fulfilled the education and testing requirements, they may apply to the SCDE for an initial teaching license using 'Certification Application Technology Services' (CATS). Official college and/or university transcripts should be included with the application, alongside a 'verification of college preparation recommendation for teacher certificate' form completed by the candidate's educator preparation program provider. ETS testing scores should be sent to SCDE by ETS.

When an application is successfully completed, candidates are awarded an Initial Educator Certificate which is valid for three years and is non-renewable. At this point, candidates may apply for teaching jobs in South Carolina.

Spanish Teacher Certification Resources

Please click on the links below to access our study materials for helping Spanish teacher candidates study for their certification exams in South Carolina:

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