James (ipsa_verba_mea) wrote in doceo,

Subject Matter Competency

I'm about to be a senior in Classics, focusing on Latin and am looking into becoming a high school teacher. My original plan was to get an MA and credential at the same time, but at the moment the prospect of two or more years of schooling right now seems somewhat daunting, so I was wondering how hard it would be for me to get credentialed right out of undergrad. I understand I have to take a training program and the CBEST and demonstrate "subject matter competency," which is done easily enough in most subjects, but Latin does not have a test. So, I understand they generally just evaluate your transcripts. My question is, what would be considered sufficient for competency in California (where I intend to teach) or any other state for that matter?

Just to let you know, I've taken 3 years of Latin, and am going to take one more semester next year in which we'll translate unknown amounts of Propertius, plus translate all of the sections on the gods in Lucretius for my thesis (about 562 lines). I've gone through Wheelock's, translated several poems of Catullus (I'd say about 10 of the shorter ones... I've lost the syllabus, unfortunately), most of the Pro Caelio (all but about 10 sections), Book VI plus selections of the Aeneid, the first 20 lines of the Metamorphoses, the Apollo and Daphne story, Diana and Actaeon, Arachne and Minerva, Tereus and Procne (not in its entirety), and the conclusion, about 26 chapters of Apuleius' Golden Ass (I think... lost the syllabus again), 30 chapters of Sallust's Bellum Catilinae, 37 chapters of the Bellum Iugurthinum, and the orations of Lepidus and Philippus and letters of Pompey and Mithridates from Sallust's Histories.
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