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Working As a Spanish Teacher

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • $49,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Spanish Teacher Do

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and career and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.

Duties

Postsecondary teachers typically do the following:

  • Teach courses in their subject area
  • Work with students who are taking classes to improve their knowledge or career skills
  • Develop an instructional plan (known as a course outline or syllabus) for the course(s) they teach and ensure that it meets college and department standards
  • Plan lessons and assignments
  • Work with colleagues to develop or modify the curriculum for a degree or certificate program involving a series of courses
  • Assess students’ progress by grading assignments, papers, exams, and other work
  • Advise students about which classes to take and how to achieve their goals
  • Stay informed about changes and innovations in their field
  • Conduct research and experiments to advance knowledge in their field
  • Supervise graduate students who are working toward doctoral degrees
  • Publish original research and analysis in books and academic journals
  • Serve on academic and administrative committees that review and recommend policies, make budget decisions, or advise on hiring and promotions within their department

Postsecondary teachers, often referred to as professors or faculty, specialize in a variety of subjects and fields. Some teach academic subjects, such as English or philosophy. Others focus on career-related subjects, such as law, nursing, or culinary arts.

At colleges and universities, professors are organized into departments that specialize in a subject, such as history, science, business, or music. A professor may teach one or more courses within that department. For example, a mathematics professor may teach calculus, statistics, and a graduate seminar in a very specific area of mathematics.

Postsecondary teachers’ duties vary with their positions in a university or college. In large colleges or universities, they may spend their time teaching, conducting research or experiments, applying for grants to fund their research, or supervising graduate teaching assistants who are teaching classes.

Postsecondary teachers who work in small colleges and universities or in community colleges often spend more time teaching classes and working with students. They may spend some time conducting research, but they do not have as much time to devote to it.

Full-time professors, particularly those who have tenure (a professor who cannot be fired without just cause), often are expected to spend more time on their research. They also may be expected to serve on more college and university committees.

Part-time professors, often known as adjunct professors, spend most of their time teaching students.

Professors may teach large classes of several hundred students (often with the help of graduate teaching assistants), smaller classes of about 40 to 50 students, seminars with just a few students, or laboratories where students practice the subject matter. They work with an increasingly varied student population as more part-time, older, and culturally diverse students are going to postsecondary schools.

Professors need to keep up with developments in their field by reading scholarly articles, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences. A tenured professor must do original research, such as experiments, document analysis, or critical reviews, and publish their findings.

Some postsecondary teachers work for online universities or teach online classes. They use websites to present lessons and information, to assign and accept students’ work, and to participate in course discussions. Online professors communicate with students by email and by phone and might never meet their students in person.

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Educational requirements vary with the subject taught and the type of educational institution. Most commonly, postsecondary teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master's degree may be enough for some postsecondary teachers at community colleges. In career and technical schools, work experience may be important for getting a postsecondary teaching job.

Education

Postsecondary teachers who work for 4-year colleges and universities typically need a doctoral degree in their field. Some schools may hire those with a master’s degree or those who are doctoral degree candidates for some specialties, such as fine arts, or for some part-time positions.

Doctoral programs generally take multiple years after the completion of a bachelor’s degree program. They spend time completing a master’s degree and then writing a doctoral dissertation, which is a paper presenting original research in the student’s field of study. Candidates usually specialize in a subfield, such as organic chemistry or European history.

Community colleges or career and technical schools also may hire those with a master’s degree. However, in some fields, there are more applicants than available positions. In these situations, institutions can be more selective, and they frequently choose applicants who have a Ph.D. over those with a master’s degree.

Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. At a minimum they must hold the degree of the program in which they are teaching. For example, the teacher must hold an associate’s degree if they teach a program that is at the associate’s degree level. In addition, work experience or certification may be just as important as education for getting a postsecondary teaching job at a career or technical school.

Other Experience

Some institutions may prefer to hire those with teaching or other work experience, but this is not a requirement for all fields or for all employers.

In health specialties, art, or education fields, hands-on work experience in the industry can be important. Postsecondary teachers in these fields often gain experience by working in an occupation related to their field of expertise.

In fields such as biological science, physics, and chemistry, some postsecondary teachers have postdoctoral research experience. These short-term jobs, sometimes called “post-docs,” usually involve working for 2 to 3 years as a research associate or in a similar position, often at a college or university.

Some postsecondary teachers gain teaching experience by working as graduate teaching assistants—students who are enrolled in a graduate program and teach classes in the institution in which they are enrolled.

Some postsecondary teachers, especially adjunct professors, have another job in addition to teaching.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Postsecondary teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license, certification, or registration, may need to have—or they may benefit from having—the same credential. For example, a postsecondary nursing teacher might need a nursing license or a postsecondary education teacher might need a teaching license.

Advancement

A major goal for postsecondary teachers with a doctoral degree is attaining a tenure—a guarantee that a professor cannot be fired without just cause. It can take up to 7 years of moving up the ranks in tenure-track positions. The ranks are assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. Tenure is granted through a review of the candidate’s research, contribution to the institution, and teaching.

Tenure and tenure track positions are declining as institutions are relying more heavily on part-time faculty.

Some tenured professors advance to administrative positions, such as dean or president. For information on deans and other administrative positions, see the profile on postsecondary education administrators. For more information about college and university presidents, see the profile on top executives.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. To challenge established theories and beliefs, conduct original research, and design experiments, postsecondary teachers need good critical-thinking skills.

Interpersonal skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be able to work well with others and must have good communication skills to serve on committees and give lectures.

Resourcefulness. Postsecondary teachers need to be able to present information in a way that students will understand. They need to adapt to the different learning styles of their students and teach students who have little or no experience with the subject.

Speaking skills. Postsecondary teachers need good communication skills to give lectures.

Writing skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be skilled writers to publish original research and analysis.

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Top Careers Before Spanish Teacher
Teacher 23.8%
Tutor 7.7%
Internship 4.4%
Volunteer 4.0%
Instructor 2.6%
Translator 2.4%
Assistant 2.3%
Cashier 2.0%
Top Careers After Spanish Teacher
Teacher 22.1%
Tutor 7.4%
Volunteer 3.4%
Internship 3.2%
Instructor 3.1%
Translator 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$49,000
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$35,000
Min 10%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Poway
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does a Spanish Teacher make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Spanish Teacher in the United States is $49,714 per year or $24 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $35,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $68,000.

Real Spanish Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Elementary Spanish Teacher Saint David's School New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $104,114
Spanish Teacher San Carlos Charter Learning Center San Carlos, CA Jan 10, 2016 $103,599
Secondary Spanish Teacher District of Columbia Public Schools DC Jun 15, 2016 $98,000
Bilingual Spanish Teacher French-American School of New York Mamaroneck, NY Jan 09, 2016 $89,914
Head of Grade 11-Spanish Teacher Avenues New York LLC New York, NY Jul 01, 2015 $85,200
Head of Grade 11-Spanish Teacher Avenues New York LLC New York, NY Jan 07, 2015 $85,200
Spanish Teacher French American School of New York Mamaroneck, NY May 05, 2016 $83,883
Head of Grade 11/Spanish Teacher Avenues New York New York, NY Apr 19, 2016 $82,500
Spanish Teacher Schools of The Sacred Heart-San Francisco San Francisco, CA Jul 31, 2015 $79,913
Spanish Teacher Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD Jul 01, 2015 $79,699
K-8 GR K Spanish Immersion Teacher Multnomah County School Dist 1J Portland, OR Jan 10, 2016 $79,145
K-8 GR K Spanish Immersion Teacher Multnomah County School Dist 1J Portland, OR Oct 01, 2016 $79,145
Spanish Teacher Houston Independent School District Houston, TX Sep 13, 2015 $51,500
Secondary Spanish Teacher Houston Independent School District Houston, TX Aug 31, 2015 $51,500
Spanish Teacher Surry County Public Schools Dendron, VA Feb 14, 2015 $51,367
Spanish Teacher The Farmington Academy Inc. Avon, CT Jan 09, 2016 $51,319
Spanish Teacher Greer Middle College Taylors, SC Sep 02, 2016 $51,011
Spanish Teacher Greer Middle College, Inc. Taylors, SC May 12, 2015 $51,011
Spanish Teacher Isle of Wight County Schools Smithfield, VA Aug 21, 2015 $50,798
Spanish Teacher Isle of Wight County Schools Smithfield, VA Feb 27, 2015 $50,798
Spanish Teacher Lincoln Parish School Board Ruston, LA Jun 30, 2016 $45,404
Spanish Teacher Isabella & Ferdinand Academia de ESPAÑOL Washington, DC Sep 15, 2016 $45,392
Bilingual Elementary Spanish Teacher Denver Montclair International School Denver, CO Nov 01, 2016 $45,367
Spanish Teacher Isabella & Ferdinand Academia de ESPAÑOL Washington, DC Sep 15, 2016 $45,230
Spanish Teacher Brookwood School Thomasville, GA May 27, 2015 $45,183
Spanish Teacher Carolina International School Concord, NC Mar 25, 2016 $45,153 -
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Secondary Spanish Teacher Laurel School District Laurel, MS Jan 06, 2016 $45,150
Elementary Dual Language Spanish Teacher Omaha Public Schools, District 0001 Omaha, NE Aug 02, 2015 $45,073

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Top Skills for A Spanish Teacher

  1. Spanish Language
  2. Spanish Curriculum
  3. Classroom Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Instill concepts of the Spanish language by introducing interactive activities, using structural methods and materials appropriate for special education instruction.
  • Created Spanish curriculum for 550 elementary students Implemented Spanish courses for members of the community Organized school-wide programs incorporating multiple cultures
  • Discussed academics, attendance, classroom management, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support with administration, co-workers, and counselor.
  • Designed curriculum-based lesson plans that incorporated technological multimedia.
  • Track student progress with teacher-created assessments and use data- driven analysis to adjust curriculum to maximize student learning.

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Spanish Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

66.7%

Male

21.6%

Unknown

11.6%
Ethnicity

White

52.5%

Hispanic or Latino

29.9%

Black or African American

10.3%

Asian

4.6%

Unknown

2.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.2%

French

9.0%

Portuguese

4.7%

Italian

3.8%

German

2.3%

Russian

0.8%

Japanese

0.8%

Chinese

0.7%

Arabic

0.5%

Mandarin

0.4%

Korean

0.4%

Catalan

0.4%

Greek

0.3%

Polish

0.3%

Hebrew

0.2%

Swedish

0.1%

Hungarian

0.1%

Tagalog

0.1%

Turkish

0.1%

Hindi

0.1%
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Spanish Teacher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.1%

Brigham Young University

8.4%

Nova Southeastern University

5.6%

Liberty University

5.3%

Grand Canyon University

5.2%

New York University

5.2%

Middlebury College

4.7%

Michigan State University

4.7%

University of Delaware

4.6%

Walden University

4.5%

Florida State University

4.5%

University of Houston

4.4%

Florida International University

3.9%

University of Georgia

3.9%

University of Texas at Austin

3.9%

Arizona State University

3.8%

National Louis University

3.8%

Texas A&M University

3.6%

National University

3.5%

Georgia State University

3.5%
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Majors

Education

15.7%

Elementary Education

13.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

9.2%

Linguistics

6.6%

Business

6.4%

Spanish Language

6.4%

English

6.2%

Educational Leadership

5.5%

Psychology

4.0%

Secondary Education And Teaching

4.0%

Special Education

2.8%

Curriculum And Instruction

2.6%

Area Studies

2.5%

Communication

2.5%

Teaching English As A Second Language

2.3%

Early Childhood Education

2.2%

School Counseling

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Bilingual Education

2.0%

History

1.8%
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Degrees

Masters

38.9%

Bachelors

30.5%

Other

16.7%

Certificate

5.3%

Doctorate

3.8%

Associate

3.5%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.4%
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