Spanish Teacher Certification in New York

Jan 02, 2019

Spanish teachers in New York must complete postsecondary studies in Spanish and also study education and gain practical experience through student teaching assignments before fulfilling the certification requirements.

New York has the highest-paid middle school teachers in the United States. Their high school teachers also earn high salaries, with only the state of Alaska paying high school teachers more. High salaries and strong demand for teachers in Central New York may be factors that attract some individuals to a teaching career in New York.

New York Spanish Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in New York (2016)* $77,330 (Elementary School);
$78,060 (Middle School);
$81,410 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Spanish Education
Testing Requirements edTPA, EAS, CST

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

The simplest way to prepare for a career as a teacher in the State of New York is to earn a degree from a state-approved program. These programs incorporate the core subject course requirements in Spanish. Some may focus on one of the age groups Spanish teachers instruct while others cover middle school and adolescent age groups. Students will complete required pedagogical courses in education and learn about human development, theories about education, teaching language arts and issues related to teaching students of different age groups. Students are also required to complete student teaching practicums to gain practical experience. In order to qualify for certification students must also receive a recommendation from their college or university.

Those who complete a bachelor's degree at a school that isn't on New York's approved list must earn their degree from an accredited school. They must also graduate with a 2.50 GPA. Other requirements include:

  • 30 liberal arts and science credits
  • 30 Spanish credits
  • 21 pedagogical core credits
  • 40 days of student teaching experience

Step 2: Complete Certification Tests

A passing score of 32 is required on the edTPA for world languages teachers. The $92 Educating All Students (EAS) exam takes just over two hours and requires a score of 500 to pass. Spanish teachers must also take the Spanish Content Specialty Test (CST). That test is currently just under 3.5 hours in length and has a cost of $134. A score of 520 is required to pass the Spanish CST.

Step 3: Fulfill Other Certification Requirements

Once aspiring teachers have passed the edTPA, EAS and CST they must apply for initial certification. This involves submitting transcripts and proof of identity. Those who graduated from state-approved programs are required to pay a $50 fee while those seeking individual evaluation must pay a fee of $100. All applicants must take the Dignity For All Students Act workshop and provide their fingerprints for a background check. Individual evaluation applicants must also take additional workshops that cover child abuse and school violence. Once initial certification is received teachers can begin working towards professional certification, which involves three years of full-time employment as a Spanish teacher and teacher mentoring. Both state-approved and individual evaluation applicants must demonstrate U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. Individual evaluation applicants must also have a master's degree.

Teacher Certification Resources

The Educating All Students study guide and test prep resource linked to here will help students prepare to pass the EAS exam.

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