Business Education Certification in Texas

CTE teachers are those that help students get a jump start on career or college goals. If you'd like to learn more about how to become a Texas CTE teacher, like a business/finance teacher, this article can help you prepare.

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In the Lone Star state, according to Advance CTE, there are over 1.2 million students enrolled in CTE courses. CTE classes such as business education help to prepare students for careers or college programs in those fields. Below, you'll learn how you can become a Texas-based business teacher.

Requirements for Business Teachers in Texas

Average Salary for CTE Teachers in Texas (2017)* $59,830
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Required Field Business and Finance or Business Education
Testing Requirements TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 (160) and TExES Business and Finance (276)

Source: *Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Your Degree and EPP

We must first note that business education is no longer an offered certification as of the 2017-2018 school year. Instead, you may find certification in business and finance. This change in certification does not change the required education, however, you will still need a bachelor's degree to become a certified teacher. Consider a degree program in general business, business management, business and finance, business administration, or business education. As you can see, there are several program options to choose from. In any of these programs, you'll spend a lot of time studying business statistics, legalese, accounting, micro and macroeconomics, business planning, marketing, organizational management, and business communications.

If your business bachelor's degree did not include education preparation courses, you'll need to complete an educator preparation program (EPP) as well. These programs set you up with the courses you'll need to work in a classroom setting and be a successful teacher. You'll likely look at instructional and assessment theories and classroom organization. One thing that you will definitely complete, no matter whether you take this as a certificate or master's program, is a student teaching practicum. This puts you at the center of a classroom to better understand your strengths and weaknesses, and address them before being certified.

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Step 2: Complete TExES Exams

The TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 assessment is needed for all teachers. This applies to business and finance teachers, as well. This exam looks at the instructional practices and teacher responsibilities in a Texas classroom. There are 100 multiple-choice questions on this exam.

As mentioned before, the certification known as business education is no longer available. That means that the certification test (TExES Business Education 6-12) has been discontinued as of 2017. However, beginning in the fall of 2015, the new business certification exam was rolled out: TExES Business and Finance 6-12 (276). This exam takes under five hours to complete. You'll answer 100 multiple-choice questions about business areas in five domains:

  1. Finance
  2. Business Management
  3. Ethics, Law, Business Communication and International Business
  4. Technology and Information Systems
  5. Leadership and Career Development

Step 3: Be Fingerprinted

Being a certified teacher means that you have been approved by the state of Texas to teach. This means you have met all of the requirements set forth by the state, including a background check for criminal history. Many careers require a background check as part of the hiring process, and when it is a state-approved career like teaching, you can guarantee you'll have a fingerprint scan and a background check run by the FBI, and for teachers, the Teacher Education Agency (TEA). To do this, simply sign up with the ECOS site, and have your fingerprints scanned by a MorphoTrust site. After paying some fees, the government will do the rest.

Business and Finance Teacher Certification Resources for Texas

Whether or not you've already been certified in business education, you'll need to study for the business and finance exam. Here, we've included some resources to help you prepare for all certification exams.

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