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How to Become a Spanish Teacher in Oregon

If you have a desire to pass on another language, like Spanish, a career as a foreign language teacher may be for you. Look through this article for some basic steps to become a Spanish teacher in Oregon.

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 12.8% of the Oregon population identified as Hispanic as of 2016. Though not the most populous in the country, Spanish speakers are still widely found in the state. If you'd like to become a Spanish teacher in Oregon, we can help you find the correct path.

Requirements for Oregon Spanish Teachers

Average Salary for Teachers in Oregon (2017)* $29,620 (Preschool), $69,330 (Kindergarten), $65,640 (Elementary School), $73,630 (Middle School), $69,660 (High School)
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Required Field Spanish Education
Testing Requirements ORLEA Spanish and ORLEA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Education Environment

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

The minimum requirement for teacher licensure in Oregon is a bachelor's degree. Consider looking for a program approved by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC). These programs will typically cover all education requirements for becoming a teacher. As a Spanish teacher, you'll want to take a program that is based in Spanish education. Some of the courses you may come across in a Spanish program include Spanish linguistics, Latin American literature, Hispanic civilizations, Latino culture, sociolinguistics, or a number of Spanish language classes, like Spanish in the medical field, conversational Spanish, and Spanish in business.

Step 2: Complete a Teacher Preparation Program

The teacher preparation program can be completed along with your bachelor's degree or afterwards. If you find a college that has a TSPC-approved program, then it will meet all the necessary requirements and act as a teacher preparation program. However, if you come from a school outside of Oregon or do not take these education courses and student teaching within your bachelor's program, you can complete it separately. This can be done with a post-baccalaureate program or even in a TSPC-approved master's degree program.

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Step 3: Complete Required Exams

As with most states, there are certain exams that must be passed in order to obtain licensure in Oregon. The two exams you will take to become a Spanish teacher are both run by the National Evaluation Series (NES) and are called the Oregon Educator Licensure Assessments (ORELA). The two specific ones you'll need to take are the Spanish exam and the Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment exam, more commonly called the Oregon Civil Rights exam. The latter exam is required for all teachers seeking preliminary licensing.

The Civil Rights exam is a 90-minute exam that contains 60 multiple choice questions. The test fee is $95, and you must earn a 240 or higher to pass.

The Spanish exam is a 3-hour exam. There are 100 multiple choice questions, a speaking portion, and a writing portion. The fee for this exam is also $95, and you must pass with no less than a score of 220.

Step 4: Have a Background Check

Many states in the U.S. ask that their teachers be fingerprinted. This is a safety concern that should allow students, teachers, and parents to all feel safer about the school environment. There are two fees associated with this process. A fee of $57 is paid to the TSPC for a background check, while a $12.50 fee goes along with the actual fingerprinting. The fingerprinting will be completed at a FieldPrint Live Scan location, and the results are forwarded directly to the TSPC.

Certification Resources for Oregon Spanish Teachers

In Oregon, you'll need to take some exams to become licensed as a preliminary teacher. Here we've included a resource to help you study for these exams.

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