Teacher Certification Information
Each state or district has differing rules that apply to teacher certification. The usual path to certification begins in an undergraduate program of study, fulfilling a certain number of credit hours in the language and taking education courses. The teacher candidate must also take a series of exams, called the Praxis Series, which are developed by ETS. A site offering free material for practicing and preparing for the Prasix series is available here. Some school districts and states are offering alternatives to this traditonal route. These may often involve an arrangement by which the teacher can begin teaching on a provisional basis while working toward certifcation.
Schools of Education can volunteer to be accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The National Foreign Language Standards Collaborative, in conjunction with ACTFL, designed foreign language teacher preparation program standards that have been required for foreign language teacher preparation programs undergoing NCATE review since 2004.
We've compiled some links for some departments of education sites regarding foreign language certification below. Click on the map to browse by state.
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