Chemistry teachers look at the chemical compounds and makeup of various objects and living items. If you would like to teach chemistry in Texas, you'll need to be certified to teach either high school or middle school students. Below, we'll help you decide which path you want to take.
Requirements for Chemistry Teachers in Texas
|Average Salary for Teachers in Texas (2017)*||$56,670 (Middle school), $57,830 (Secondary School)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's Degree|
|Required Field||Science or a Scientific Subject|
|Testing Requirements||TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 (160), AND TExES Chemistry 7-12 (240), TExES Science 4-8 (116), OR TExES Science 7-12 (236)|
Source: *Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Complete Education Requirements
There are two major educational requirements needed to become a chemistry teacher in Texas: a bachelor's degree and a completed educator preparation program (EPP). A Texas-approved chemistry program would be very helpful for meeting the content-knowledge requirements. Some colleges may offer a chemistry degree program with a teacher track. This will typically fill in both educational requirements, because you'll also take courses in education, pedagogy, classroom management, curriculum building, and student-teacher internships. Some of the course topics you may come across during your studies are mechanics, electricity, green chemistry, nuclear chemistry, polymer chemistry, biochemistry, and industrial chemistry. As mentioned before, these programs should also include student teaching. If they do not, an individual EPP at the post-baccalaureate level will be required.
Step 2: Complete TExES Exams
The TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 is the first exam you'll take. The 100 multiple-choice questions on this exam look at four teaching skills areas: designing instruction and assessment, creating productive classrooms, implementing response instruction, and professional responsibilities. You'll have five hours to take this exam.
To become a high school chemistry teacher, you'll need to complete one of three endorsement exams: TExES Chemistry 7-12, TExES Science 4-8, or TExES Science 7-12. While you can take only one of these, consider taking more to expand your teaching options. Having just a chemistry endorsement will not allow you to pursue other science openings without the corresponding exams. Each of these exams includes a $131 fee. You'll have five hours to complete the multiple-choice exams.
Step 3: Complete a Background Check
Reasonably, Texas wants to protect students as best as it can. The state requires all teachers, including chemistry teachers, to be fingerprinted. This fingerprinting can be done at a local MorphoTrust location (though non-Texas locations cannot be used). You will then have a criminal background check performed by the FBI and the Texas Education Agency. Be sure to allow several weeks for processing.
Chemistry Teacher Certification Resources for Texas
Because chemistry teachers can teach at either the middle school or high school levels, you'll need to study for the corresponding exam. The following links provide some helpful resources for studying.