Becoming a Preschool Teacher in Texas

Read about bachelor's requirements, TExES testing, and the application process for educators in Texas. Find out how to become a preschool teacher for children in the state.

Preschool teachers in Texas work with 3- and 4-year-olds in every district, and they typically work with at least 15 students in a classroom. Anyone can complete the necessary education requirements to become certified in the state to work with preschool students.

Texas Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Texas (2017)* $34,800
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Degree Field Early Childhood Education
Testing Requirements TExES: EC-6 Core Subjects
Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree

In order to become a preschool teacher in Texas, students will need to complete an approved, accredited teacher preparation program in addition to earning a bachelor's degree. The bachelor's degree can be in any relevant area, but the preparation program will be specific to early childhood education in Texas. Each program will offer slightly different courses and faculties that have varying levels of expertise, so it is important for students to look at all early childhood education programs in the state before picking one. Regardless of the program, some of the kinds of key courses that will likely be included are:

  • Human/child development
  • Language/literacy acquisition
  • Literacy for special populations
  • Foundations in reading instruction

Students will also complete teaching portions of their education. These internships typically place students in a preschool classroom to allow them to observe and teach prior to graduating.

Step 2: Take All Required TEST Tests

All teachers in Texas have to take certain exams called the TExES before becoming certified. Early childhood education teachers have to take two exams: the EC-6 Core Subject exam and the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities exam. The EC-6 Core Subject test is 5-hours long with 267 multiple-choice questions; it is to be taken on the computer. It covers English language arts, reading, teaching reading, math, social studies, science, and several other subjects like arts, health, and PE. To find a breakdown of the questions pertaining to each subject, students should check the TExES website.

The Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) test is also 5-hours long but includes 100 multiple-choice questions. The test covers instruction, classroom environment, assessment, and professional responsibilities.

Step 3: Turn in the Certification Application

After the TExES testing has been completed, teachers are ready to begin the application process. The application is available online through Texas's Department of Education. It will ask for basic information like name and social security number, and it will require a background check. Background checks cost $49 and can be paid for online. After all documents have been submitted, teachers will be officially certified.

Study Resources for Future Texas Preschool Teachers

Check out the resources below to learn more about the PPR test and the EC-6 Core Subject test. Read about the requirements for each exam and start studying now!


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