While there are many different ways to earn your teacher certification for bilingual teaching, you want to make sure that you are sticking within the guidelines and taking the right course that is best for you. There are many different alternative ways that a person can begin teaching through training and these methods are provided by the state. Becoming a teacher is a long process, but it is one that brings the reward of steady employment in a field where you know you are making a difference for the better in the world.
If you are still enrolled in high school, now is the time to start preparing for your career. Take courses in the language that you intend to teach. You want to make sure that you are not just fluent in the language but that you also have a very good understanding of the culture. This will ensure that you can be the best teacher possible for your students and that you will be able to relate to them. If you can learn a few different languages, that is the best thing to do because it will widen the door of opportunities for you. It would also be a good idea to make sure that you are volunteering to tutor some students in your language courses whenever possible.
If you are already out of high school, there are many individual courses at community colleges that you can take to become fluent in another language. There are also some courses that you can take at home in your spare time. Just make sure that you are learning as much as you can about the culture as well, so that you can be the best teacher the school has ever seen.
When it is time to enroll in a university, you want to make sure that it is an accredited university; otherwise, you have just wasted four years and a lot of money. Schools need to see that you attended an accredited school before they will even consider you for employment. It is also important to make sure that the university that you will be attending has a bilingual program for education that is able to issue you a certification to obtain your license once you graduate from their facility.
If there is any chance of studying abroad for a semester or two, make sure that you go for it. The best way to learn more about the language and the culture is to dive right in and live with people from the other culture. If there are language clubs or similar activities on your campus, which there most likely are, you will want to make sure that you are taking advantage of those. You can also tutor some students in order to gain a little bit of teaching experience.
Before you can begin to teach, you will be required to take a bilingual proficiency exam. Once you have finished up with all of your college requirements you can submit all of the documentation needed for the license. Once you obtain that license and you have your teacher certification, you will be able to begin teaching. The State Board of Education generally gives the licenses.
Once all of this is done, you can begin working as a bilingual teacher. You will find that even though there is a high demand for your kind of teaching, the demand may not actually be all that high where you are located. You may have to relocate to another state in order to find full time employment. It is important to make sure that you are checking with that state's laws in order to find out if you have to reapply for your teacher certification before you can begin teaching.