At one point in Texas, dance teachers could only teach grades 8-12. This certification has been discontinued, and now dance can be taught from grades six through 12. If you would like to learn the steps needed to earn dance teacher certification in Texas, this article can help.
Requirements for Dance Teachers in Texas
|Average Salary for Self-Enrichment Teachers in Texas (2017)*||$45,100|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's Degree|
|Testing Requirements||TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 (160) and TExES Dance 6-12 (279)|
Source: *Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Complete Your Degree and EPP
In Texas, there are several choices of programs that guide one in becoming a dance teacher. Sometimes, a BFA in dance is all you'll require for your education, though some colleges offer BFAs in dance with a teaching track and others offer a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology with a dance track. As you can see, there are a number of ways to earn the degree you'll need to become certified as a dance teacher. You'll likely study several dance techniques in these programs, including Pilates and ballet. You'll spend time studying choreography, movement, kinesiology, sports injuries, and performance assessment.
While this isn't a complete list of courses, you'll also need to be sure you have education courses in your program, perhaps as a major. If you do not meet certain requirements, such as a teaching practicum and pedagogical courses, you'll need to complete a separate educator preparation program (EPP). These programs can be taken as standalone graduate certificates or they can be approved as part of a master's degree program.
Step 2: Complete TExES Exams
Texas has created the Texas Examinations for Educational Standards assessments to check whether you have the knowledge and skills to teach in a Texas classroom. The TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 assessment is required for all prospective teachers. It tests you on exactly what the name suggests and includes 100 questions.
To become a dance teacher at a public school in Texas, you'll need to pass the TExES Dance 6-12 (279) assessment. As mentioned before, there was once a TExES Dance 8-12 (179) exam. When looking for study materials, do not confuse the two, as the latter has been discontinued. The Dance 6-12 assessment include 100 questions and must be completed in the requisite five hours. You will be tested on four areas: dance elements and skills; dance creation and production; dance culture, history, and analysis; and dance education.
Step 3: Be Fingerprinted
On the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS), you can register for an account. Here, you'll pay the $39 fee to have a background check completed. You can also schedule your appointment with a MorphoTrust location to have a fingerprint scan completed for $10. Along with going to the MorphoTrust location, you'll need to bring a photo ID for verification of identity. The background check will be run by the Department of Public Safety, the Teacher Education Agency, and the FBI.