How to Become a Physical Education Teacher in Texas

Jan 02, 2019

Though gym is often overlooked by some schools and governments, in Texas, elementary students are required to get 135 minutes of exercise per week in school, while middle and high school students must take four semesters of gym. If you are interested in a career as a PE teacher, look below for the steps.

Requirements for PE Teachers in Texas

Average Salary for All Other Teachers in Texas (2017)* $36,150
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Required Field Physical Education
Testing Requirements TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 (160), TExES Physical Education EC-12 (158), TExES Health EC-12 (157) (optional)

Source: *Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

Physical education is one of the subjects in school that students often question. Is it really helpful for the future? When am I going to ever play dodgeball as an adult? However, PE (gym) teachers demonstrate much more than just how to play sports. Physical education teachers are often also in charge of teaching health classes in schools. Physical Education teachers must hold a bachelor's degree to be certified in Texas. To begin your education, look for a college or university that offers a physical education or kinesiology bachelor's program. Some schools that offer kinesiology bachelor's degrees also offer the concentration for PE teacher certification. This can be very helpful prior to the following step. Either way, your PE/kinesiology program should look at human anatomy, team sports, individual sports, motor fitness assessment, kinesiology, fundamentals of coaching, dance, motor development, sports medicine, and health instruction among its courses.

Step 2: Complete the Education Preparation Program

The education preparation program (EPP) is required of all prospective teachers in Texas. This step provides you the opportunity to spend time in the classroom with real students. While this can also be included as part of your bachelor's degree program if it is teacher-focused, there are many schools that offer graduate-level certificates and graduate programs that will meet this requirement. The courses will typically look more at teaching than content, though many times the program will include a course about teaching your subject, in this case, PE. You'll then complete student teaching or work with a mentor teacher to learn what techniques and methods work best for you as a gym teacher.

Step 3: Complete TExES Exam

Every teacher is required to take the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 exam. This exam looks at four different pedagogical and teaching areas. From classroom environments to responsive instruction, you'll be tested on the basics for teaching in a classroom. You'll have five hours to complete 100 multiple-choice questions.

Also needing to be completed in five hours is the TExES Physical Education EC-12. This exam is also made up of 100 multiple-choice questions. It is administered via computer and looks at three domains: movement skills and knowledge, health-related physical fitness, and the physical education program.

Finally, if you would like to be able to teach health to your students, you may want to consider taking the TExES Health EC-12 exam. Another 100 questions and five hours of work will get you endorsed to teach health outside of the gymnasium. This will include five domains: personal health, healthy interpersonal relationships, environmental health and safety, health resources, and school health education programs.

Step 4: Be Fingerprinted

Finally, you must be fingerprinted. This step is the final one before you earn your certification. For $49, you will get fingerprinted at a MorphoTrust location and have an FBI background check run. You must complete this step before submitting your application for certification.

PE Teacher Certification Resources for Texas

Since there are some tests that need to be taken by prospective PE and health teachers, you'll want to be well-studied for them. Here are some links to study guides that may help you.

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