Alternative Teacher Certification in Texas

Jan 02, 2019

It is never too late to become a teacher in the state of Texas. If you'd like to find out how to become a certified teacher without traditional education requirements, read on.

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If your passion for teaching is coming a bit later in your education or life, you may find yourself seeking alternative teacher certification. Here, we'll look at the steps required to earn alternative certification as teacher in Texas.

Requirements for Teachers in Texas

Average Salary for Teachers in Texas (2017)* $34,800 (Preschool)
$54,670 (Kindergarten)
$56,760 (Elementary School)
$56,670 (Middle School)
$57,830 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Required Field Any
Testing Requirements Pedagogy exam and any applicable content-area exams

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete an Alternative Certification Program

Assuming you have already decided on the grade and subject in which you'd like to gain certification, your first step will be to complete an approved alternative certification program (ACP) in Texas. These programs are offered at a number of universities and community colleges in Texas. Because of this, ACPs are often offered at varying levels. You may be able to earn a certificate at a community college, but certain schools, such as Houston Community College, require you to already have a bachelor's degree in another area. Other colleges, like Texas A&M, offer these programs as graduate-level study. These programs will then put you into a classroom to gain valuable experience needed to take future exams. These programs will also go over any exams, like the Texas Examination for Education Standards (TExES) exams, that must be completed before you can be certified.

Step 2: Apply for Probationary Certificate

You'll be placed into a classroom where you'll be able to work and gain experience while completing all other requirements needed by your ACP. Your ACP will give you an eligibility statement so that you can secure a teaching position. During this time, a mentor teacher will work with you. It is now that you will apply for a probationary, or intern, certificate.

You will sign up for an account with the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS) to apply for the certificate, pay all fees, and complete a background check. For $49, you will have digital fingerprints taken and an FBI-run background check completed.

Step 3: Apply for Standard Certificate

Within one year of receiving the probationary certificate, you will need to complete your ACP, pass any remaining certification exams, and finish your training. Once you have completed all previous steps, you will apply for the standard certificate. Your ACP will recommend you for this certificate.

Certification Resources for Teachers in Texas

Between you and your ACP coordinator, you should be able to figure out all of the necessary TExES exams for your certification. We've provided a resource below to help you study for any of those exams you may need to take.

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