FAQ about Teacher Credentialing, Funding, and National Standards

 

Credentialing:

* Where do I look for a job? Is there a placement agency?

See the Placement page within this website for contacts.

 

* How can I become certified to teach Latin?

Each state varies so you will need to do some research. Only certain colleges offer credentialing in Latin.  You will need to contact the classics department at the particular university you are interested in yourself. 

The SCS has a useful document with some additional information about state credentialing requirements and contacts.

 

* Is certification really necessary? After all, if a school is really desperate for a Latin teacher, won't they be happy to just find someone with a bachelors or, better yet, a masters or PhD?

Actually, yes. The ESSA federal guidelines require that all teachers be certified and highly qualified in order to teach in public schools. You might find work at a private school, but there is a real need to maintain public school programs with credentialed teachers. And acquiring the skills necessary for credentialing and familiarity with national and state standards for language learning can significantly develop your range of abilities and expand your competence in the classroom. If tuition is an issue, there are some college programs with stipends provided. One look at the list of applicants at the ACL Placement center will tell you something very interesting: almost 50% of those looking for jobs have no certification. And there are programs that are closing because there is no one "qualified" to take the position of a retiring Latin teacher. 

 

If you wish to become certified or credentialed as a teacher in your state, please check the State Board of Education website. Credentialing is required for public school teaching and some private schools.  It is certainly a great asset for obtaining any job, public, charter, or private. These are some shortcuts for quick information on all states. Some links may be expired, but we use the latest information available to us.

On the SCS classicalstudies.org site:

https://classicalstudies.org/education/guide-state-certification-requirements-december-2017

On the ACTFL.org site there are individual slide presentations for each state:

https://langcred.org/resources/state-presentations/

Here is a general opinion piece from SCS offering advice to those considering teaching at K-12 level:

A Note on K-12 Latin Teaching

https://classicalstudies.org/note-k-12-latin-teaching

 

* Are there scholarships funds available to someone who wants to become a teacher?

Yes, scholarships are available. You will find that some universities offer scholarships of varying amounts for prospective teachers. In addition, you might look at the following websites for information about these specific scholarships:

o Compiled joint organization list including Frank M. Snowden Minority Scholarships from SCS

o Zeph Stewart Latin Teacher Training Award

o Manson A Stewart Teacher Training and Travel Awards from CAMWS

o Maureen O'Donnell Scholarship from ACL

o Fox Teacher Training Scholarship from Eta Sigma Phi

o Montross New Latin Educators Scholarship

o ACTFL’s NEW Lead With Languages  Teacher Scholarship Program for graduating seniors who wish to become language teachers. Merit-based, $6000 over 4 years.

 

Teaching to national standards and state world language frameworks is required at many schools, but how do I apply Frameworks and Standards to the Latin and Greek Classroom?

Take an example from South Carolina or contact your state world language association.

** VISIT THIS FOLDER OF INFORMATION FROM SOUTH CAROLINA ON STANDARDS AND APPLYING THEM TO CAN-DO PROFICIENCY STATEMENTS FOR LATIN OR GREEK.

** SEE CAN-DO STATEMENTS at https://www.actfl.org/resources/ncssfl-actfl-can-do-statements

 

WORLD READINESS STANDARDS FOR LEARNING LANGUAGES at https://www.actfl.org/resources/world-readiness-standards-learning-languages (only members have full access)  Click on “Classical Languages.” 

 

You can also get a download at: https://www.aclclassics.org/Portals/0/Site%20Documents/Publications/Standards_for_Classical_Language_Learning_2017%20FINAL.pdf