How to Become a Spanish Teacher in Louisiana

Sep 10, 2019

The application process to obtain teacher certification in Louisiana validates that all education and testing requirements have been met and ensures candidates are qualified to teach their subject area. This article will review the requirements needed to earn a Spanish teaching certification while also providing links to help candidates prepare for tests that must passed to qualify for certification.

Average Salaries for Teachers in Louisiana (2018)* $48,740 (Elementary), $49,960 (Middle School), $51,810 (High School)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Spanish education
Testing Requirements Praxis World Languages Pedagogy (5841), Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (5751), Praxis II Spanish: World Language (5195)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

To be a certified Spanish educator in Louisiana, a candidate must possess the minimum of a bachelor's degree in Spanish education from an LDOE-approved educator preparation program. Spanish education degrees provide coursework that develops a candidate's knowledge of Spanish by requiring courses in the subject area along with core curriculum and pedagogy classes.

An LDOE-approved educator preparation program also includes a one-year teaching residency program for a candidate to gain experience on implementing and developing curriculum. During a candidate's residency, evaluations are administered to help improve their classroom teaching skills and monitor their capabilities for certification. Candidates are required to complete the educator preparation program, including the in-classroom teaching residency, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 to qualify for certification.

Step 2: Complete Testing Requirements

Along with successful completion of all educational requirements, a candidate must also pass the appropriate assessments required to get a teaching certificate. The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (5751) exam, the Praxis World Languages Pedagogy (5841) exam, and the Praxis II Spanish: World Language (5195) exam are required for prospective Spanish teachers. The Praxis exams are administered by the Educational Testing Service and are computer-based examinations.

The Praxis II Spanish: World Language exam requires a minimum score of 157, and the Praxis World Languages Pedagogy exam requires a minimum score of 158 to qualify for certification. The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam is broken up into three subtests and requires the minimum scores of 156 in reading, 162 in writing, and 150 in math. If these exams were taken within the state of Louisiana, the testing agency will forward the scores to the LDOE.

Step 3: Apply for Certification

Once a candidate has fulfilled all educational and assessment requirements, the institution in which they completed their educator preparation program will recommend them for certification. To submit the certification application, a candidate is required to set up an account on the Teach Louisiana website and pay a $50 application fee for their initial level 1 certificate to be issued. Once everything is received by the LDOE, a candidate may check the status of issuance through their account and will be able to access a digital copy of their certification once it has been granted.

Educators will have to maintain employment as a teacher on record for a minimum of three years to renew or advance the initial certification. A certification extension can be requested for one year, up to two times, to help fulfill the teaching requirement. Once three years of teaching experience have been acquired, an educator must upgrade their certificate through their Teach Louisiana account. Three successful performance evaluations are required to upgrade to a Level 2 certification. An applicant is also required to pay a $25 fee for any renewals or updates.

Spanish Educator Certification Resources

The links below provide test preparation resources for some of the exams that a Spanish teacher certification candidate will have to pass:

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