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How to Become a Middle School Teacher in Texas

Middle school teachers can teach students from sixth through eighth grade. These are the steps necessary to become a middle school teacher in the state of Texas.

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There are more than 69,700 middle school teachers in the state of Texas as of 2017, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Texas also employs more middle school teachers than any other state, making it a great option for potential educators. To become a middle school teacher in Texas, an individual must obtain an adequate education and receive proper certification.

Texas Middle School Teacher General Information

Average Salary for Middle School Teachers in Texas (2017)* $56,670
Required Degree Bachelor's degree required
Degree Field Majors vary, but all must have an education component
Testing Requirements Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree

The first step to becoming a middle school teacher in Texas is to obtain a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. The program's accreditation must be recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to be considered valid.

Texas does not offer degrees in education, so college students may take courses in a wide variety of subject areas during their time in school. These students can then take specialized training programs to ensure adequate preparedness to teach in a classroom setting. Prospective middle school teachers will also want to pursue a variety of opportunities which allow interaction with middle school-aged children.

For potential teachers pursuing a health science technology or trades & industrial education teaching certification, a bachelor's degree is not required.

Step 2: Complete an Educator Preparation Program

Students pursuing a Texas teaching license must also complete an educator training program. This training can be done concurrently while pursuing a bachelor's degree or after graduation. This step is a requirement for all potential middle school teachers, and approved programs are available in all 20 regional education service areas across the state.

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Step 3: Pass a State Certification Exam

Texas requires all middle school teachers to pass the necessary Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) tests. These exams, offered only as computer-administered tests, are designed to test a teaching candidate's knowledge against established information standards. These tests are primarily multiple-choice exams with some tests also requiring open-ended essay-type questions or oral presentation. Exams are separated by subject area.

Step 4: Submit a State Teaching Application

The penultimate step to becoming a Texas middle school teacher is to submit a state application for certification. This application can be completed through the Texas Education Agency website after all requirements are met.

Before applying, students must verify their eligibility with their educator preparation program to ensure all requirements have been met.

Step 5: Complete a Background Check

Before becoming a middle school teacher in Texas, all first-time applicants must submit to a criminal background check. This background check will include fingerprinting to be matched against a national database.

A Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation (PCHE) may also be completed voluntarily by a prospective educator. This $50 evaluation allows for a non-binding review of a prospect's self-reported criminal history to determine certification eligibility.

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