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)
$56,760 (Elementary School)
$56,670 (Middle School)
$57,830 (Secondary School)
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|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.