Languages Other Than English (LOTE) - Spanish

Start your degree to become a Spanish teacher

Are you interested in becoming a Spanish teacher? In having the flexibility to teach elementary, middle, or high school? The teaching degree to become a Spanish teacher is BS, Interdisciplinary Studies with EC-12 Languages Other Than English-Spanish (LOTE) certification.

Who is the typical student?

Students earning their teacher degree in EC-12 LOTE, are passionate about teaching Spanish language, literature, and cultures. Their own experiences inspired them to become a teacher and give back to others. This unique program is jointly offered between the Spanish Department in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Teacher Education Department in the School of Education. 

We accept and apply transfer coursework, AP Spanish credit, and CLEP credit.  Because Spanish is a high needs area for teachers, students have access to funding like the TEACH grant.

Learn MoreConnect with a current student or a current teacher to learn more about earning your degree to become a teacher.

What will you learn?

Face to face and online courses will prepare you to become a teacher. Our program focuses on well-being and service learning. By senior year, students are in the field at least one day a week in Dallas ISD.

Want to know how to become a math teacher? Review the program course catalogue or connect with a pre-admissions advisor on questions about requirements and transfers

What are the requirements?

Requirements for becoming an EC-12 Spanish teacher are student teaching, a criminal background check, and passing your certification exams. 

Learn MoreConnect with EC-12 LOTE Program Coordinator Dr. Patsy Sosa-Sanchez, or learn more about certification testing

What are the job prospects?

A teaching career provides stability and benefits while allowing you to impact the world. Starting salaries in N. Texas are just above $50,000 a year with health and retirement benefits. Many teachers interview and receive preliminary offers before graduation.  Scholarships also ensure you leave the School of Education with low debt.  Learn more about the job market

Why a teacher degree?

A teacher degree with certification is an investment in a stable career with benefits.  Some become a teacher and stay teaching. Others advance by becoming a master teacher, instructional coach, curriculum writer, or even, administrator.  After successfully teaching over several years, others take their skills outside of schools to become tutors, educational sales reps, translators, publishers, consultants, business owners, or policy advisors.  Learn more about career paths and design a roadmap