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To become a certified teacher in Texas, you will need to fulfill these requirements:
Step One: Complete a bachelor's degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program
Step Three: Pass required exams.
Step Four: Submit a Texas teaching credential application.
Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating CertificationMap.com with new information on a regular basis.
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Step One: Prerequisite Coursework
The first step to becoming certified as a teacher in Texas is choosing a specialization and/or grade level and earning your bachelor's degree. One must possess, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning to become a certified teacher in the state of Texas. Visit the Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs database to verify whether or not your institution is accredited. The one exception to bachelor’s degree requirement is for those wishing to become certified to teach certain trade and industrial education, who may substitute experience for a degree.
Some states have additional undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas; Texas, however, does not. Therefore, it is possible for Texas teachers to become certified in a subject without holding a bachelor’s degree in that field.
Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.
The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.
Typically, teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. Coursework often includes instruction on foundational knowledge, skills, and pedagogy (the art and science of teaching), as well as preparation in researching, designing and implementing learning experiences in particular fields of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and internships.
Next, you’ll need to complete the tests required of Texas educators by state law. While the specific exams differ by subject area, they generally include a test in Pedagogy & Professional Responsibilities and one or more in Required Content Areas. Some educator preparation programs may also require candidates to take the Texas Higher Education Assessment, which tests basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics.
The applicant submits payment of $35 in order to conduct the national criminal history background check through DPS, FBI and Texas Education Agency. This fee must be paid in the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS).
The applicant is issued an email with fingerprint information once the online payment has been made. A fingerprinting appointment cannot be scheduled without this document in hand. A valid photo ID is also required.
Applicants use Texas MorphoTrust locations. Applicants are required to pay an additional $10.00 fee for scanning of fingerprints at the time of the appointment.
TEA receives the fingerprinting results 5-7 business days after the fingerprint appointment.
Texas will accept some, but not necessarily all, teaching credentials/certifications from other states. Even if the certification you hold is accepted by the Texas Education Agency, you may still need to pass the appropriate Texas certification tests mentioned above, along with other requirements. Learn if the examinations you’ve already passed are comparable to the Texas requirements on the agency’s website. Contact/visit the agency to inquire about your specific situation. Also, please review the Certification Map interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.
Teacher shortage areas are defined by the U.S. Department of Education as areas “of specific grade, subject matter or discipline classification, or [geography] in which … there is an inadequate supply of elementary or secondary school teachers.” The Department allows states to identify their own teacher shortage areas, but also provides a prescribed methodology based on empty teaching positions, teaching positions filled by instructors holding irregular certifications, and positions held by teachers certified in other subject areas.