Information about a Teacher Career
Teachers work in both public and private schools where the instruct students; elementary teachers typically teach all basic subjects to their young learners while middle school and high school teachers usually focus on one subject. Becoming a teacher in the state of Texas requires you to go through a formal postsecondary program and certification process, and it is possible to complete these requirements online. The following table provides more information about a career in teaching in Texas.
|Required Skills||Communication, organization, adaptability, teamwork|
|Job Growth (2018-2019)*||3% (for all middle school teachers nationwide)|
|Mean Salary (2018)*||$56,580 (for middle school teachers in Texas)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step-by-Step Process to Becoming a Teacher in Texas
The Texas Education Agency outlines specific requirements that prospective educators need to meet to qualify for a teaching career in Texas. Many of these requirements can be met through online programs, however a hands-on training in a classroom is also needed.
Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree Online
A bachelor's degree must be obtained from a recognized accredited postsecondary school. No specific degree is required to become a teacher, but degrees in education, elementary education, or in the subject that you want to teach are common. For instance, a prospective high school psychology teacher might earn a bachelor's degree in psychology. It is possible to find these programs in fully online and hybrid formats, but some programs may require some in-person requirements or hands-on training.
Step 2: Complete an Approved Education Certification Program
Prospective teachers in Texas must complete an approved Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs). While these are typically offered in-person at Texas schools, there are some approved online organizations, such as Teachworthy and iTeachTexas, that allow students to take courses online before they complete the in-person training in a classroom setting. Students will select a subject area to specialize in for their teaching certification; they may choose from a variety of subjects from art to chemistry to core subjects pertaining to specific grade levels. If your bachelor's degree was in a non-education field, you'll complete an Alternative Certification Programs (ACP) instead.
Step 3: Become Certified
Following the completion of the educator preparation program, prospective teachers are ready to secure their certification. While the exam must be taken in-person at an approved testing site, it is possible to register and prepare for the exam online. There are a variety of online resources that offer study materials and practice tests designed to help prepare for the exam. Following the certification exam, candidates must submit a State Application to qualify to become a teacher as well complete fingerprinting. Once the application has been approved, the candidate is qualified to teach in a classroom setting.
Step 4: Continue Professional Development Activities
After earning their initial certification, Texas teachers must renew their certification every five years. The state requires that classroom teachers must complete 150 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours within that window. Many of these hours can be completed online. For instance, there are online resources offer workshops in general teaching topics, such as classroom management or social and emotional learning, as well as subject-specific courses, such as math, science, or writing.