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How to Become a Teacher in Texas: Teacher Certification

These are the usual steps a person might take to become certified to teach in the state of Texas. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

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Traditional Approach for the Texas Teacher Certification

  1. Earn your bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university. If you already have a bachelor's degree, then you may want to consider earning a master's degree.
  2. Teacher Preparations: This will include teacher prep courses, student teaching, and other types of internships. In order to receive a Texas Teacher Certification, you must have some experience in teaching, even if it’s unpaid. There 180 hours of field experience required.
  3. Pass the Texas Teacher Certification tests.
  4. Submit the following:
    • Requested Application
    • Official transcripts of all degrees and credits you have earned
    • Application fee
    • Fingerprint and Criminal Record check
    • Also, include copies of all test scores
    • Mail to:
      Texas Education Agency & Educator Certification
      1701 North Congress Ave
      WBT 5-100
      Austin, TX 78701-1494
      (888) 863-5880
  5. Do you want to renew your Texas Teacher Certification?

Alternative Approach for a Texas Teacher Certification

Alternatively, you can earn the Teacher Conditional Texas Teaching Certification to teach in Texas. This will allow you to start teaching before you complete the teacher education program.

  1. Earn your bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university. If you already have a bachelor's degree, then you may want to consider earning a master's degree.
  2. Follow the Temporary Teacher Certificate Candidate information.
  3. Provide official transcripts.
  4. Choose one of the following.

Sources:

  1. Texas Educator Certification Testing, http://cms.texes-ets.org/
  2. State Board for Educator Certification, Texas, http://www.sbec.state.tx.us/SBECOnline/educator_why.asp
  3. State Board for Educator Certification, Texas, http://www.sbec.state.tx.us/SBECOnline/fp/livescan.asp
  4. State Board for Educator Certification, Texas, http://www.sbec.state.tx.us/SBECOnline/certinfo/certren.asp
  5. State Board for Educator Certification, Texas, http://www.sbec.state.tx.us/SBECOnline/certinfo/tempcert/candinfo.asp
  6. State Board for Educator Certification, Texas, http://www.sbec.state.tx.us/SBECOnline/approvedprograms.asp

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