With about 27% of the state of Texas speaking Spanish, it may not be a surprise to find that Texas has certification for teachers of the language. If you would like to learn how to become a Spanish teacher in Texas, we'll look at the process below.
Requirements for Spanish Teachers in Texas
|Average Salary for Teachers in Texas (2017)*||$34,800 (Preschool), $54,670 (Kindergarten), $56,760 (Elementary School), $56,670 (Middle School), $57,830 (Secondary School)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's Degree|
|Testing Requirements||TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 (160) and Language Other than English (LOTE) Spanish EC- 12 (613)|
Source: *Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Earn Your Bachelor's Degree
Texas candidates must earn bachelor's degrees in order to be properly educated as teachers. While there are several other requirements necessary to become a teacher, this is the first step. Consider a degree in Spanish, so that you can hone your language fluency. In these programs, you're likely to study the language in depth and the culture as well. You'll come across Spanish and Latin-American literature, major figures in those cultures, the history of these areas, and past civilizations. You may also find courses on film, translation, and gender practices in these cultures.
Step 2: Complete an EPP
An educator preparation program (EPP) is sometimes part of your bachelor's degree program. For instance, if you earn a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with Teacher Certification, you'll likely complete the general requirements needed to pass the TExES exams. However, if it is not a part of it, you'll need to take a certificate program to fill in missing education skills and knowledge that you would otherwise have gotten. You will also be completing a teacher internship. These may be in the subject and grade level you want, but a separate certificate may have you completing several internships with different areas for the experience.
Step 3: Complete Exam Requirements
There are 100 questions on the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 assessment. Every prospective teacher will need to take this assessment prior to certification. It will test you on the roles of teachers, as well as the educational theories and methods used in classrooms. All TExES assessments have a 5-hour time limit, though the whole time is likely not needed.
The other TExES exam you'll take to become a certified Spanish teacher is the Languages Other than English (LOTE) Spanish EC-12. This will certify you to teach Spanish as a foreign language to any grade, including preschool. This exam includes 120 multiple-choice questions and eight responses. There are six domains covered in this exam:
- Instruction and assessment
- Cultural understanding
- Interpretive listening
- Interpretive reading
- Written expression
- Oral expression
Step 4: Be Fingerprinted
Fingerprinting is the final step you'll need to take to be certified. First, you must sign up with the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS) and pay a $34 fee for a background check. Don't worry, that's all you need to do at this point. After that, you'll get an e-mail setting up an appointment for your fingerprinting. These are scanned into a system so that the background check can be more quickly run by the FBI. Then you're done!