Health teachers address some of the more uncomfortable aspects of adolescence and maturation, like puberty and peer pressure. If you'd like to be a part in helping students cope with their changing bodies and minds, consider the following steps to become a Texas health teacher.
Requirements for Health Teachers in Texas
|Average Salary for Teachers in Texas (2017)*|| $34,800 (Preschool)
|Required Degree||Bachelor's Degree|
|Required Field||Health Promotion, Kinesiology, Health Studies|
|Testing Requirements||TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 and TExES Health EC-12|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Earn Your Bachelor's Degree
Several Texas colleges and universities offer bachelor's degree programs health and kinesiology that can help you succeed as a health teacher. While some schools combine health and physical education, these bachelor's degree programs are quite different. Health programs tend to look at both physical and mental health, while physical education looks more at exercise and movement. Health will encompass social development, anatomy, and mental health. Health promotion programs will also look at exercise and dietary regulations. These programs may or may not be geared for teachers, so there could be some classroom teaching experience involved.
Step 2: Complete Your Educator Preparation Program
You may find that your health program is not specifically geared for teacher certification. If this is the case, you'll need to find a Texas-approved educator preparation program (EPP) program to prepare you for teaching in the classroom. These programs always include student teaching, to give you the experience and practice with students that you'll need to transition into a teacher. You'll also take classes on teaching methods, pedagogy, and classroom management. These programs can often be found in post-baccalaureate certificates and graduate programs.
Step 3: Pass TExES Exams
The TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 is the first of the exams you'll take toward certification. This exam looks at pedagogical and classroom standards, and whether you can meet them all with your current knowledge. This exam includes 100 questions in the multiple-choice format and must be completed in five hours or less.
To be certified as a health teach, you must also take the TExES Health EC-12 exam. Passing this exam will allow you to teach health to all grades, including preschool children. Similar to many of the TExES content exams, this one has 100 questions and must be completed in the five hours. This specific test looks at five different health domains:
- Personal health
- Healthy interpersonal relationships
- Community and environmental health and safety
- Health-related skills and resources
- The school health education program
Both exams have a minimum passing score of 240.
Step 4: Complete a Background Check
As with most states, teachers in Texas need to be fingerprinted and clear a background check. Using the MorphoTrust locations, you can get your fingerprints scanned into the database. This will allow for a quicker FBI background check than the paper one would. Be sure to sign up with the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS) and pay prior to getting fingerprinted.
Health Teacher Certification Resources for Texas
Becoming a health teacher in Texas generally means you'll need to pass two certification exams. Below, we have some resources that might help you when you're studying for your TExES exams, and that can help with continuing professional development.