How to Become a Latin Teacher: For Washington University in St. Louis Undergraduates
I. If you want to teach in a Private School:
Major in Classics, taking as much Latin as possible. An MA is not required but is often a “leg up” when looking for jobs.
N.B.: As a WashU Undergraduate, you can complete an MA in Classics in one year if you take the right courses (including advanced Greek courses and Classics 502 or 510) as an undergraduate: consult with your advisor about this.
II. If you want to teach in a Public School:
1. Major in Classics, taking as much Latin as possible (number of credits required varies from state to state; in Missouri it is 30 hours).
2. Complete a teaching certification program.
Certification requirements vary from state to state. They are listed here: http://apaclassics.org/education/state-certification-requirements-latin. See also teacher.org.
For certification in Missouri, you have several options. They are listed here: http://dese.mo.gov/eq/cert/routes-to-certification.htm.
A more detailed and up-to-date site on Missouri certification in general (requirements change frequently) is here: http://education.wustl.edu/undergraduate/certification.
Here are a few teaching certification options.
a. Complete a degree in Secondary Education together with your B.A. in Classics through the WashU Department of Education: http://education.wustl.edu/undergraduate/secondary/major. Be sure to visit with an advisor in education as soon as possible.
b. Continue after your B.A. for an M.A.T. in Classics at Washington University. This will get you a great start, but note that it is expensive. Details here: http://education.wustl.edu/graduate/masters/teaching.
c. Complete an M.A.T. at another university. There are a number of good programs in various parts of the country. Among the best are the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and the Universitiy of Georgia (includes summer and online programs). Some of these programs have financial aid available.
d. Some states offer teaching certification to students who have completed the Teach for America Program: http://www.teachforamerica.org/.
Paying For It
Fulfilling the requirements for certification can be expensive. There are, however, a number of sources of funding. You should definitely take advantage of these if you plan to teach. Here are some of the sources:
1. The Classical Association of the Middle West and South offers scholarships to students training to be Latin teachers
2. The American Classical League gives scholarships every year to students planning to teach Latin
3. Eta Sigma Phi, the national classics honorary society, offers scholarships to its members who are training to teach Latin (another good reason to join WashU’s chapter!)
4. The Society for Classical Studies/American Philological Association offers the Zeph Stewart Latin Teaching Training Award for those seeking teaching certification in Latin
Finding a Job
The following placement services can help you hook up with schools:
1. The Placement Service of the American Classical League (http://www.aclclassics.org/pages/teaching-jobs).
2. Southern Teachers Agency (http://www.southernteachers.com/).
3. Independent School Association of the Southwest (http://www.isasw.org/).
4. Carney, Sandoe & Associates (http://www.carneysandoe.com/)
5. Don’t be shy about contacting specific schools where you might want to teach.
Additional Resources on the Web
American Classical League: http://www.aclclassics.org/
Classical Association of the Middle West and South: http://www.camws.org/
National Committee for Latin and Greek: http://www.promotelatin.org/
Teach Tomorrow: http://www.teachtomorrow.org/