How to Get Certified to Teach Speech in Texas

Jul 02, 2020

In Texas, there is a specific certification for those who want to work with speech disabled students. If you want to find out how to become a speech teacher, this step-by-step guide can help you.

Requirements for Speech Teachers in Texas

Average Salary for Special Education Teachers in Texas (2019)* $37,030 (Preschool), $56,280 (Elementary School), $56,290 (Middle School), $58,000 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Required Field Communications, Speech, Education, Special Education
Testing Requirements TExES Speech 7-12 (129)

Source: *Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn Required Education

The minimum education requirement for teacher certification in Texas is a bachelor's degree. You have several options for programs that you can take. One bachelor's program could be an integrated early childhood, elementary, and special education with a major in speech-language pathology. Another possible option is to take a secondary education program with a speech concentration. These programs will look at the way in which language is learned and taught. You'll also learn about child development, teaching methods, curriculum planning, public speaking, rhetoric, and communication theory.

Another route might be to complete your education preparation program after your bachelor's degree. These programs have been approved by Texas for certification preparation. These graduate certificates often look at skills and knowledge that a speech communication teacher may need, including interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, persuasion, and storytelling. These programs also include teaching practicums that put you in a classroom.

Step 2: Complete the TExES Exam

All TExES exams cost $131. If you want to take additional TExES exams to expand your certification, those will cost another $131 per test. To become a speech teacher in Texas, the best option to take is the TExES Speech 7-12 exam. This exam tests the prospective teacher on three areas: communication processes, speaking & listening in different contexts, and speech education. You'll have five hours to complete all 100 multiple choice questions.

Step 3: Be Fingerprinted

All initial certification teachers must be fingerprinted and have a background check completed. In order to have your fingerprints scanned, you must sign up with an account with the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS). You will go to a local MorphoTrust location to have your fingerprints scanned. There is a $10 fee for this. To have the FBI and Teacher Education Agency run a criminal background check, you will pay a $39 fee.

Texas Speech Teacher Certification Resources

Whether you have a desire to be a speech teacher or want to open your certification to include other special education endorsements, consider using the following link to prepare you for your exams.

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