4 Steps To Become a Spanish Teacher in California

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The 4 Steps To Become a Spanish Teacher in California

  1. Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university 
  2. Complete an Approved Education Teacher Preparation program 
  3. Pass the California Basic Assessment Educational Skills Test ‘CBEST.’
  4. Pass the Single Subject Teaching Credential ‘CSET’ in Spanish

First,Bachelor’s Degree

 you Will Need to Attend college to earn your Bachelor’s Degree in education with ideally a major in Spanish. The Bachelor’s Degree Has to be from a Regionally accredited college or university. 

Secondly, The AETPP

Complete an Approved Education Teacher Preparation program. This will be included in your Bachelor’s if you Major in education & Spanish. For more information, go to the official Website of the California Department of Education Website 

Thirdly, CBEST

To pass the California Basic Assessment Educational Skills Test ‘CBEST.’ 

The CBEST consists of 3 sections:

  • Reading = 50 multiple-choice questions
  • Mathematics = 50 multiple-choice questions
  • Writing = 2 essays

You must pass all three sections to pass the CBEST. The test and answers are in English. Check out their Website for more information Website

Fourth, CSET

Pass the Single Subject Teaching Credential ‘CSET’ in Spanish

Computer-based test (CBT) and online-proctored test:

  • Subtest I: 40 multiple-choice questions and 3 constructed-response questions
  • Subtest II: 40 multiple-choice questions and 1 constructed-response question
  • Subtest IV: 50 multiple-choice questions
  • Subtest V: 50 multiple-choice questions

Computer-based test (CBT) only:

  • Subtest III: 30 multiple-choice questions and 6 constructed-response questions

for more information or to take the test go to the Website 


Becoming a Spanish teacher in California is a long process. However, we hope we made it easier for you to navigate. If you are working towards becoming a Spanish Teacher or are learning Spanish, please feel free to use and share all our Resources, including Handouts, Videos, and more. 

Please understand that we do not make any state rules and have no influence on testing or requirements for becoming a Spanish teacher. All the information is to help you guide the process, but you should always check the Official Government Websites for Any official Information.


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