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Bachelor's Degree in Spanish Education (P-12 Certification)

Take your Spanish skills to the next level by exploring what it takes to teach students of all ages a second language. University of the Cumberlands can help you pursue a career as a Spanish teacher with a program that offers both a major and minor in Spanish, ultimately leading to pre-school through twelfth-grade certification.


What is a Spanish Education Degree?

In a Spanish education program, students will cover topics that can help them explore a number of personal and professional opportunities for advancement throughout their lives. Through classes in Latino culture, literature, composition, and linguistics, they will increase their career flexibility and marketability. A bachelor’s degree in Spanish with P-12 certification provides the training future Spanish teachers need to pursue teaching opportunities at elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Education-grounded coursework should ground them in best practices for preparing lessons, managing classrooms, planning activities, and more.

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What Can You Do with a Spanish Education Degree?

In addition to preparing you for high school teaching positions, where the salary for teaching professionals averaged $61,820 annually as of 2030, your Spanish teacher certification will prepare you for job opportunities in government, foreign service, business, and any other field in which knowledge of another language and culture is vital. Or you could use your bachelor’s degree to pursue a post-graduate degree or program to further your education. Possible career options include:

  • Spanish teacher (P-12)
  • Interpreter or translator
  • Librarian or researcher
  • Law enforcement, ranging from local police departments to federal services
  • Diplomatic position, including foreign or domestic offices

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How to Become a Spanish Teacher

Those interested in becoming Spanish teachers should check with their state’s certifying boards. Different states can have different licensing requirements. However, some steps remain standard from state to state. 

Begin by pursuing a Spanish major in a high-quality bachelor’s degree program from an accredited institution. This degree should combine a deeper understanding and mastery of the Spanish language and culture with effective strategies for teaching across age ranges. Plus, there should be a student-teaching component in a Spanish classroom. This is typically a requirement for licensure in any state. 

From there, new educators will likely need to pass a state test, apply for a teaching license, and then submit applications for open Spanish teacher jobs. 

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Curriculum and Degree Requirements

In this program, you’ll gain the tools to understand and communicate the Hispanic language, literature, and culture at all levels. You’ll develop skills in four focused areas of communication: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. You’ll explore diverse cultures to develop a sense of cultural awareness and understanding. You’ll also be encouraged to enhance your fluency by immersing yourself in the language and culture through study abroad opportunities.

Click here for Minor Course Details | Click here for Major Course Details

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Costs for programs of study at University of the Cumberlands are competitive and affordable. Click here to view tuition rates and fees.

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Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to this program, click here to view the undergraduate, on-campus admissions information. 

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Click here to view University of the Cumberlands' accreditation information. 

In addition to the overall institutional accreditation statement above, the specialized accrediting bodies related to this degree are listed below. 

KDE/EPSB – State Accreditation
University of the Cumberlands' School of Education is further accredited through Kentucky's Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB), 100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor, Frankfort, KY 40601. (502) 564-4606. Fax: (502) 564-7080.

CAEP – National Accreditation
The School of Education at University of the Cumberlands (UC) is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) at the initial-licensure level and advanced-level.  CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement.  UC’s School of Education has earned national accreditation by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.
CAEP Address: 1140 19th St NW #400, Washington, DC 20036
CAEP Phone Number: (202) 223-0077

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Click here to view a list of the languages faculty. 

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CAEP Accreditation


 The School of Education at University of the Cumberlands complies with all CAEP standards across programs at the initial and advanced levels.
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