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Ten Top Tips for Getting a Spanish Teacher Job

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Of all the languages offered in education jobs today, Spanish educational jobs are in the greatest demand. The need for jobs in education in general is expected to grow, and Hispanics are currently the second largest ethnic group in the country. This growth guarantees a bright future for qualified teachers. With that in mind, here are 10 top tips for getting a Spanish teacher job.

Uno

An education job requires an undergraduate or graduate degree in Spanish. A PhD is needed to teach at a four-year university. In a higher education job, you typically get pay increases each year. Many veteran teachers continue their educations to keep their studies up to date and receive higher compensation for their efforts. If you majored in Spanish, you can go on to complete the credentialing coursework needed for jobs in education.



Dos

Prior teaching experience is often necessary when applying for a higher education job. Many educational jobs require thirty hours or more of field experience such as classroom observation. The salaries for jobs in education are based to a large degree on the given professional's level of education. Credential requirements vary with each state. Some states permit teachers certified in one state to move easily to another. You may need to take additional tests to meet different state requirements.

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Fluency in Spanish is of course a deciding factor in getting an education job. Look for opportunities to volunteer with students to help improve your job skills and in order to have something to list as work experience on employment applications. There are education jobs for visiting Spanish teachers in the US and abroad that last up to three years. Employment depends on the availability of teachers, your willingness to stay for an extended period, and the given school district's budget. A stay with a host family for several weeks is usually prearranged to give you time to settle into the new surroundings.

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If you have a love of languages and teaching in general, there are plenty of opportunities for you to find Spanish educational jobs. There are, for example, jobs in education that require Spanish translators. Be prepared, though, by realizing that educational jobs are not your average nine-to-five jobs. For most teachers, the end of the teaching day means you still have papers to grade, the next day's lesson plans to prepare, meetings to attend, and continuing classes of your own.

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Travel experience in a Spanish-speaking country can provide a remarkable lesson in learning about the language firsthand. This not only enriches your life but looks good on an education job resume as well. Landing educational jobs depends on various factors including the state, district, and amount of units you have completed beyond a bachelor's degree.

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You should provide solid references who can attest to your teaching abilities. For a teaching credential, you need to earn a bachelor's degree and complete an approved teacher preparation program or internship. A multiple-subject credential allows you to teach most subjects in Kindergarten through the 8th grade. There are also single-subject credentials that allow you to teach a specific subject such as Spanish in grades 7 through 12.

Siete

The US Census Bureau projects that by 2050 only 53% of Americans will be non-Hispanic. You could advertise in your local newspaper offering your services as a Spanish tutor. Many substitute teacher positions are often made into permanent positions. In states with large Hispanic populations, the district will often follow a plan for dual-immersion language programs. Classes are held for half the day in English and the remainder of the day in Spanish. This gives students language arts instruction in two languages. The program helps Spanish speaking students to integrate with their classmates.

Ocho

According to the state's demographer, Texas will be a majority Hispanic state in one more generation. This growth in the Hispanic population is taking place in many parts of the US. There are education jobs currently that offer higher wages for Spanish speakers. Employers are seeking people who are bilingual for education jobs in elementary schools, high schools, community colleges, adult education classes, or Spanish classes taught to business executives. If the typical classroom setting is not for you, other fields can use Spanish teachers.

Nueve

75% of native Spanish speakers drop out of high school in the United States. To counteract this alarming drop-out rate, an education job for a Spanish teacher could make a difference in the lives of young adults. You can be an advocate for the children, encouraging them in achieving their goals. If you want to teach junior high school Spanish, you need to hold a supplementary authorization in Spanish, an MA to get a permanent certification, major in secondary Spanish education, or major in Spanish and minor in education.

Diez

In your job search for Spanish teacher education jobs, you'll hear a lot about dual-immersion programs. These programs are designed to teach children other important lessons while they are being taught new language skills. These educational jobs can usually begin with a temporary ESL teaching certificate while you complete classes to receive a permanent certificate.

Everyone has a favorite teacher who has influenced his or her life. Many old-school educators believe that teaching Spanish speaking children in their own language prevents them from acclimating to American society. Studies show, however, that this is not the case. Students' eyes will automatically light up when you speak to them in their native tongue. It can be frustrating for a child or adult to be faced with learning a new language if they do not recognize a word that is being said, so good Spanish teachers are especially important in the regard.

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