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Bilingual Teachers in Texas

Become a Certified Teacher in this High Need Area

Bilingual Teachers are in High Demand

If you speak two or more languages and enjoy helping young people learn, you should consider a career as a bilingual teacher. Texas has seen a 50% increase in the need for bilingual teachers, with only 20% of that need being met. Texas Teachers specializes in helping college graduates become bilingual teachers. All you need is a bachelor’s degree with a 2.5 GPA or higher to get started.

Students across the state are waiting for someone like you to answer the call and become a bilingual teacher. Are you ready to make a difference?

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English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL teachers are not required to speak a second language, and many school districts are in need of teachers who are able to host students in their classrooms who are English Language Learners (ELLs). In this type of classroom, the majority of students would speak English well, while a few may need extra help. Some school districts are beginning to require the ESL Supplemental (TExES test 154) to be passed in addition to a content exam (at any level) as a prerequisite to employment. It is definitely helpful to have this exam passed to increase your marketability to districts when it comes time to get hired.

The Role of the Bilingual Teacher

In response to the growing bilingual population, bilingual teachers have an increasingly valuable role in the Texas education system. Children of recent immigrants to the US may speak a language other than English at home and need to learn how to speak English alongside their other subjects in school. As a bilingual teacher of English Language Learners (ELLs), you will make sure your students learn the subject matter while helping them become fluent in English.

Responsibilities of the Bilingual teacher

  • Teaching a curriculum provided by the school
  • Assigning and grading homework
  • Creating and grading tests and quizzes
  • Engaging your class in discussions, relevant activities, and demonstrations

Bilingual teachers can expect to work school days: mornings and afternoons five days a week, nine to ten months of the year. You’ll enjoy an optimal work-life balance with extended winter, spring, and summer vacations.

Qualities of a good Bilingual teacher

  • Fluent in English and another language
  • Sensitive to the needs of diverse groups
  • Open and approachable
  • Patient and resourceful
  • Positive, motivational attitude
  • Well-organized
  • Good time management skills
  • Qualified with a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.5 or higher

Bilingual Teacher Salaries

Since it is rare for a teacher to be fluent in more than one language in Texas, bilingual teachers enjoy more benefits than other teachers who are certified in another subject area. Bilingual teachers may be offered higher salaries and are typically offered a $3,000 to $6,000 stipend by their employing school district as an incentive for retention. Most urban districts pay bilingual teachers between $50,000 – $53,000 in their first year and offer full benefits alongside the generous salary.

Use your unique advantage of fluency in two languages to help students in your community.

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Steps to Becoming a Bilingual Teacher

The Texas Teachers program is approved by the state of Texas to certify teachers in all bilingual areas. All you need is a bachelor’s degree with a 2.5 GPA to get started. We will need a completed application and official transcripts to admit you into the program.

Step 1: Training
After being admitted to our program, you will complete innovative, engaging online training and teacher observations to get you ready for the classroom.

Step 2: Testing
As required by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), you will take and pass three exams to become eligible to teach in a bilingual classroom. The TExES exams are administered by Pearson.

Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (TExES test 190)
Bilingual Supplemental (TExEs test 164)
Core Subjects Grades EC-6 (TExES test 291) OR Core Subjects Grades 4-8 (TExES test 211)

In order to help our teacher candidates succeed, we have created test prep modules designed specifically for the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) and the Core Subjects exams. After you apply, your Program Advisor will be in contact with the test preparation details and any additional resources.

Step 3: Teaching
You will teach for one year, with full pay and full benefits, under the guidance of a Field Supervisor. Your Field Supervisor is an experienced educator, assigned to you by Texas Teachers to observe you in the classroom and provide support throughout this first year teaching.

Upon successful completion of your internship year and program requirements, you will become a fully certified bilingual teacher.

There’s never been a better time to become a bilingual teacher. Your skills are in high demand, and students need your help. Texas Teachers can help you get there.

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Languages Other Than English

There is also a consistent need for dual language teachers, especially Spanish teachers, in the state of Texas. A bilingual individual who is interested in teaching a language to a native English speaker must take the TExES Languages Other Than English (LOTE) exam to become eligible to teach in their language of expertise. The languages and exams offered by Texas Teachers are as follows:

Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Arabic EC–12 (TExES tests 600 & 605)
Languages Other Than English (LOTE) French EC–12 (TExES test 610)
Languages Other Than English (LOTE) German EC–12 (TExES test 611)
Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Latin EC–12 (TExES test 612)
Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Japanese EC–12 (TExES tests 602 & 607)
Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Mandarin Chinese EC–12 (TExES tests 601 & 606)
Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Russian EC–12 (TExES tests 603 & 608)
Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Spanish EC–12 (TExES test 613)
Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Vietnamese EC–12 (TExES tests 604 & 609)

We are here to help you start your career as a teacher today!

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Texas Teachers Exempt Countries

Texas Teachers currently recognizes these SBEC-approved countries:
  • American Samoa
  • Angulia
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Austrailia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Dominica
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grand Cayman
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • Nigeria
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Trinidata/ Tobago
  • Turks and Calcos
  • United Kingdom
  • US Pacific Trust