How to Become a Spanish Teacher in Illinois

Discover the most common path to Spanish teacher certification in Illinois, including educational requirements, ILTS testing, certification, and how to prepare for the process.

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Are you fluent in Spanish and looking to make a career out of your expertise? The state of Illinois makes Spanish teacher certification available to those interested in the field. Here, we explore the steps needed to become a certified Spanish teacher in the state of Illinois.

Illinois Spanish Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Spanish Teachers in Illinois (2016)* $60,760 (Elementary); $69,700 (Middle School), $70,130 (High School)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Spanish education
Testing Requirements Test of basic skills, edTPA, ILTS subject area

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Obtain a Bachelor's Degree

A bachelor's degree in the field is required in order to become a licensed Spanish teacher in Illinois. At least 32 credit hours or a major in Spanish education at an approved teacher preparation program are required in order to teach in any grade. Some programs may be targeted for a specific level, such as secondary education, but many are aimed at K-12. Students will be required to complete internships in order to gain experience in the field before graduation. Though coursework varies, most students will be required to take classes that focus on Spanish composition, literature and culture. Required education methods courses will include ESL/bilingual, special education, and reading.

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Step 2: Complete All Required Testing

The Illinois Department of Education mandates that all prospective teachers must pass a test of basic skills prior to enrolling in a teacher preparation program. This can be achieved with the ACT (composite score of 22 with a writing score of 6), the SAT (with a composite score of 1110 and a 26 on writing and language), or the Test of Academic Proficiency (the TAP). The edTPA should be completed during the student teaching portion of the teacher preparation program, and the fee is approximately $300.

Additionally, all teachers will need to take the ILTS Spanish content exam. The test runs 3 hours and 45 minutes long, and includes 100 multiple-choice questions and 2 free response sections. The test is approximately $122.

Step 3: Getting Licensed to Teach

All prospective teachers must provide documentation of their degree, teacher preparation program, student teaching experience, and all specific coursework required by the Department of Education (which should be completed during the program of study). Students can use form 80-02: State Approved Program and Completion of Standards Verification to provide documentation of all requirements. Additionally, students must provide test scores from all applicable exams. Once all documentation is provided, students will be certified to teach Spanish.

Certification Resources for Future Illinois Spanish Teachers

Any lingering questions about tests of basic skills? Students can read more detailed guides and prepare for future exams by looking into the following courses.

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