How to Become a Spanish Teacher in Georgia

Learning a foreign language, especially Spanish, is necessary for students in Georgia as technology makes worldwide communication more common. In this article, we discuss the steps one can take to become a Spanish teacher in the state of Georgia.

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Spanish teachers instruct children from preschool up through twelfth grade and may also teach about the history and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Prospective Spanish teachers in Georgia can follow a few different paths to employment. In this article, we discuss the traditional path - Pathway 1 - which involves earning a bachelor's degree, completing an educator preparation program, and passing the necessary Georgia state licensing exams.

Georgia Spanish Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Elementary Teachers in Georgia (2016) * $29,920 (pre-K), $54,890 (Elementary), $56,410 (Middle), $56,420 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Spanish and an approved educator preparation program
Testing Requirements Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Program Admission Assessments (Reading, Mathematics, and Writing);
GACE in Spanish Test I - Reading/Writing and Spanish Test II - Listening/Speaking or Spanish Combined Test I and II;
Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment - Program Exit;
edTPA Foreign Language: Spanish

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete a Teacher Preparation Program

To be considered for licensure in Georgia, aspiring Spanish teachers will need to complete a bachelor's degree and educator preparation program through a college or university approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). This can be accomplished with a major in Spanish and concentration in teacher preparation, or other type of combined major/preparation program. These programs include in-the-classroom teaching and co-teaching experiences in addition to instruction on selecting and implementing Spanish language lesson plans and methods for teaching in diverse settings.

With society's growing reliance on technology in virtually all careers and educational institutions, technological literacy is being added to educator preparation programs at many colleges and universities. Future Spanish teachers in Georgia must also complete a course in how to identify and educate exceptional children.

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Step 2: Pass the Required Examinations

Prior to entering a teacher preparation program, students will need to pass the GACE Program Admission Assessments in Reading (test code 200), Mathematics (test code 201), and Writing (test code 202). Please note, it is possible to be granted an exemption from one or more of these tests if a candidate has earned qualifying scores on the SAT (1000 Verbal/Critical Reading and Math), ACT (43 English and Math), or GRE (297 Verbal and Quantitative).

After completing the teacher preparation program, candidates for educator licensing in Georgia must then earn a passing score on each of the following exams:

  • GACE Content Assessment, one of the following options with minimum 220 scores for induction:
    • Spanish Test I - Reading/Writing (test code 141) and Spanish Test II - Listening/Speaking (test code 142)
    • Spanish Combined Test I and II (test code 641)
  • Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment - Program Exit (test code 360)
  • edTPA: Foreign Language - Spanish (P-12), minimum score of 32

Step 3: Apply for an Induction Certificate

Once a candidate has completed their educator training program and passed the necessary exams, they may then apply for an induction certificate from the GaPSC. Teaching candidates must submit to a fingerprint background check by the FBI to obtain employment in Georgia.

The certificate will be valid for three years and may then be converted to a professional certificate. A Spanish teacher must work within their chosen instruction subject during that three-year period and receive satisfactory annual evaluations to be eligible to convert to a professional certificate upon expiration.

Georgia Spanish Teacher Certification Resources

Preparing for the GACE admission assessments is the key to success for prospective Spanish teachers pursuing a teaching degree in the state of Georgia. Please follow the links below to find the tools you need to get prepared to take and pass the necessary exams.

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