To become a licensed K-12 teacher of Spanish, students must:

  1. Complete the requirements for a major in Spanish.
  2. Pass the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) administered by ACTFL (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages) with a score of Advanced Low or above.
  3. Pass the Content Area Exams in Spanish administered by ILTS (Illinois Licensure Testing System) with a minimum average score of 240.
  4. Complete a professional education sequence in secondary education outlined in the Academic Catalog.

Program Benefits

Completion of the Teacher Licensure in Spanish K-12 will satisfy all standards for teacher licensure as required by the Illinois State Board of Education. Northeastern Illinois University has not made a determination as to whether this education degree program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in any of the other 54 U.S. states and jurisdictions. Specific requirements for licensure or certification in states other than Illinois vary from state-to-state. In some cases, you may need to take additional coursework or exams to meet individual state requirements and/or you may need to complete background checks.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the Teacher Licensure in Spanish K-12 and the courses offered toward the program.

Teacher Licensure in Spanish K-12

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact World Languages and Cultures at (773) 442-4740.

World Languages and Cultures

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