How to Become a High School History Teacher in Texas

Jan 02, 2019

Read about how to become a certified secondary school history teacher in Texas. Find out what the state requires applicants to have prior to certification, from applicable degrees to background check records.

Secondary school history teachers in Texas cover information about both the nation and the state of Texas in their courses. Anyone interested in teaching history at the high school level in Texas can take the appropriate exams and become licensed in the state.

Texas Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Secondary School Teachers in Texas (2017)* $57,830
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field History, education
Testing Requirements TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities, TExES History 7-12

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree from an In-State School

To become a secondary school history teacher in Texas, all prospective teachers will need to complete an approved, accredited teacher preparation program. They will also need to earn their bachelor's degree in a field related to history. There are many programs in Texas that fit the specifications set forth by the Department of Education. While all of these programs will offer different courses and prepare students in their own ways, most will offer the same core courses like:

  • Texas History
  • Historical Resources and Practices
  • Child Growth and Development
  • Educational Evaluation

Students will complete student-teaching portions of the curriculum prior to graduation. Some degree programs will require students to become certified in areas other than history, including government or political science.

Step 2: Take All Required TExES Tests

The next step in becoming certified to teach history at the secondary school level is to take all required tests. Two TExES exams are required for secondary school history teachers. First, teachers will take History: Grades 7-12. This exam is 5 hours long and made up of 100 multiple-choice questions. Teachers can take the test on a computer. Topics covered include world history, US history, Texas history, and instruction skills. In addition to the history test, teachers will also take the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam. This test is also 5 hours long with 100 multiple-choice questions. It covers classroom environment, instruction, assessment, and professional responsibilities.

Step 3: Turn in the Certification Application

After all testing has been completed with passing scores, teachers can start filling out the certification application. Teachers will need to verify the completion of all requirements with their university and get fingerprinted electronically before a certificate can be approved. A $49 fee is required for fingerprinting.

Study Resources for Future Texas Teachers

Students considering pursuing their teaching certification in Texas can begin preparing for the exams before they even start their degree program. With preparation and practice questions from the history test and the PPR test, students can prepare with the guides below.

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