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How to Become a Spanish Teacher in Michigan

Find out how to become a Spanish teacher in the state of Michigan and read details about all requirements, from education to testing and certification.

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The state of Michigan is currently looking for teachers able to instruct world languages. Anyone passionate about Spanish could fill this need and become certified to teach grades K-12.

Michigan Teacher Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Michigan (2016)* $61,260 (Elementary School), $63,560 (Middle School), $61,410 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Spanish Education
Testing Requirements SAT, MTTC Spanish, Oral Proficiency Interview

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree & Complete Teacher Training

The first step to becoming a Spanish teacher in Michigan is to graduate with an accredited bachelor's degree in Spanish education and complete an approved teacher preparation program. In order to be admitted into most teacher preparation programs, students need to score at least a 480 on the reading and writing sections of the SAT and a 530 on the math section. The SAT is used as a basic skills exam in Michigan, so the score will be required for certification as well as for admittance into a program.

Students will take general education courses in addition to upper-level Spanish courses for their major; teacher preparation courses must also be completed. Students also participate in a student teaching internship prior to graduation. Every Spanish education program will be slightly different, but most will require classes like:

  • Spanish composition: increases a student's written Spanish abilities
  • Hispanic literature: an overview of important literary works by Spanish-speaking authors
  • Spanish grammar: an in-depth look at grammatical conventions
  • Language instruction: information on how modern language instruction takes place in today's classrooms

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Step 2: Take All Required Tests

After students complete the required degree and teacher preparation program, they are ready to begin the required testing. All future Spanish teachers must complete the required Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC), which is Spanish. This exam consists of 80 multiple-choice questions and two constructed-response questions. Test-takers have 2 ½ hours for the computer-based version of the test or 4 ½ hours for the paper test. The computer-based test is $130, while the paper exam is $75, and all students must score at least a 220. The paper-based option will be phased out after July 14, 2018.

The state of Michigan also requires that prospective Spanish teachers earn a minimum score of 'advanced low' on an oral proficiency interview. This interview may be required prior to one's student teaching internship and is required prior to earning certification.

Step 3: Complete the Certification Application

Teaching candidates in Michigan will first need Adult CPR, Child CPR, and Standard First Aid training through a Department of Education-approved agency. To apply for certification, they log on to the Michigan Education Information System and set up an account. They also create an account with the Michigan Online Educators Certification System in order to begin filling out application paperwork. The login information for this account will be the same as the login information for the previous website. Prospective teachers submit their application, report any criminal convictions, and wait for their university to complete the review and recommendation process. Finally, candidates must pay a $160 fee to receive their Standard Certificate online. They then print the certificate and get it notarized.

Study Resources for Future Michigan Teachers

Future Spanish teachers will have to prepare for the SAT prior to starting a degree program. The resource below is full of helpful practice questions for students looking to start preparing.

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