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What Is an Elementary Spanish Teacher and How to Become One

What Does an Elementary Spanish Teacher Do?

An elementary Spanish teacher provides foreign language instruction for students learning Spanish in an elementary school. Your responsibilities include teaching in a classroom and preparing lesson plans for the class. Your duties revolve around following a curriculum laid out by the school or creating a curriculum based on the needs of the students. You typically teach novice students who have little or no previous exposure to Spanish, so you need to make simple lessons that teach them the fundamentals of Spanish.

How to Become an Elementary Spanish Teacher

The qualifications that you need to start a career as an elementary Spanish teacher include a bachelor’s degree and a teaching license in the state in which you plan to teach. You can choose to earn a bachelor’s degree in Spanish or elementary education. If you have a degree in education, you need skills in Spanish. If your degree is in Spanish, then you will need to develop your skills as a teacher. You can gain these skills by volunteering in a classroom or working as a teaching assistant during your undergraduate or teaching certification studies.