Become a Teacher
To become a certified teacher in Texas, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.
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Alternative Texas Teacher CertificationGraduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Information about alternative teacher certification in Texas can be found here. Another way to fulfill this requirement is to simply complete a state approved teacher education program from a university or college after graduating from school. To do this, one needs to enroll at an institution that offers a traditional education program for post-graduates. School districts, educational centers, and community colleges also offer approved teacher education programs. The final way to meet the teacher preparation requirement is through an approved alternative certification program. Please review the box above to find out more.
Additional Texas Teacher CertificationIf you already are certified to teach in Texas but would like to be certified in a different area, you can become certified by passing the correct certification examination(s) for that area. This only applies to areas for which certification exam already exists. Further, this applies only to classroom teachers, not librarians, principals, etc... Texas also offers Master Teacher Certificates in mathematics, reading, science, and technology . This is an additional certificate, and as such is not required in order to teach any of the previously mentioned subjects. Someone who holds a Masters Certificate has received additional training, can serve as a mentor to other teachers, and is more marketable in their field. To obtain a Masters Certificate you must have a minimum of three years teaching experience, complete an approved Master Certificate program, and pass the Master Teacher certification exam for your desired subject. It is worth mentioning that a teacher who holds a Standard Certificate (the primary teaching certificate issued by the State Board since 1999) must apply to have their certificate renewed every five years. The general renewal requirements include passing a criminal background check, paying a fee, not being in default on student loans or child support, and completing 150 to 200 Continuing Professional Education hours.
Temporary Texas Teaching CertificateIf you hold at least a bachelor's degree in a major related to a subject which is taught in Texas in grades 8-12, you may be eligible for a Temporary Teaching Certificate. There is a general set of criteria for obtaining this particular certificate. There must be an applicable Texas Examination for Educator Standards in your subject area; you have to pass this examination. You also must be hired to work for a Texas school district(s). The school district(s) are responsible for your development and preparation, and must prove to the State Board that they are providing you with adequate training. Thus, the school district may also require you to enroll in a teacher training program while you are teaching. The State Board will review your application for this certificate based on the above criteria. Please note that the certificate is only valid for two years and applies only to the state of Texas. After two years, if you wish to continue teaching, you must apply for a Standard Certificate.
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- Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Texas provides differential pay support for teachers teaching in high needs schools and teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
- Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Texas has limited to weak induction policies in place
- Average Elementary Teacher Salary: The average elementary school teacher in Texas makes $51,090
- Average Secondary Teacher Salary: The average secondary teacher in Texas makes $53,160
- Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Texas makes 121% of the salary of the average worker in Texas
- Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: The average teacher in Texas receives 15 weeks of vacation per year
Basic Skills Test
Subject Area Competence
- ExCET (Exam for the Certification of Educators in Texas) and the TExES (Texas Exam for Educator Standards). The applicant must complete satisfactorily all appropriate examinations for each area for which certification is desired.
- State Board for Educator Certification
- Texas Teacher Tenure
- SBEC teacher certification: Texas state
- Troops to Teachers Texas: In Texas, Troops to Teachers is managed by the Texas Troops to Teachers Office
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Texas Education Agency
- Educator Certification & Standards
- 1701 North Congress Avenue
- Austin, Texas 78701 For further information, contact:
- (512) 936-8400