Kindergarteners can be one of the most exciting ages to teach. Though students find school magical, they are sometimes leaving parents and the home for the first time, so there is a lot of learning ahead of them. Here, we'll look at the skills and steps needed to become a Texas kindergarten teacher.
Requirements for Kindergarten Teachers in Texas
|Average Salary for Kindergarten Teachers in Texas (2017)*||$54,670|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's Degree|
|Required Field||Elementary Education|
|Testing Requirements||TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 (160) and TExES Core Subjects EC-6 (291)|
Source: *Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Complete Your Degree and EPP
Elementary education is a common major for those who want to become kindergarten teachers. As mentioned before, kindergarten teachers will be the first to introduce many students to structured settings. As a teacher, you'll want to keep class fun while teaching pupils how to follow basic rules like putting book bags away and standing in line, all while keeping your patience. While this can be taught in your degree program, these are also things you'll learn through a proper educator preparation program (EPP). The EPP sets you into real classrooms so that you can work with a mentor teacher and real kindergarten students. You'll learn pedagogical techniques and general teacher practices that can work in the classroom. While an EPP can be taken alone, it can often be found in an elementary education program at colleges and universities. This is because elementary education programs look at childhood development as well as the process of teaching young students basic core subjects. Be sure to find out whether your program meets the EPP requirements.
Find schools that offer these popular programs
- Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
- Teaching, Adults
- Teaching, Elementary
- Teaching, High School
- Teaching, Junior High
- Teaching, Kindergarten and Preschool
- Teaching, Waldorf and Steiner Education
- Teaching, Young Children
Step 2: Complete TExES Exams
The TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 tests you on your EPP learning. The 100 questions included will ask about teachers' roles, promoting learning, and teaching through assessment. You'll have five hours to take this exam.
The TExES Core Subjects EC-6 assessment will determine whether you are ready for teaching a group of kindergarteners. This test looks at several core subjects that will be taught in various elementary school settings, including kindergarten. Some subjects include reading, science, arts, gym, health, math, and social studies. This exam is one of the TExES longest exams, with 267 multiple-choice questions covering the subjects. You'll still have the typical five hours for the exam.
Step 3: Be Fingerprinted
After applying for an account on the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS), you'll be able to register and pay for your FBI background check. This step is essential for the peace of mind of those parents who just cannot imagine letting their youngest ones go off to a stranger. The background check can only be run after you've gone to a local Texas MorphoTrust site to have your fingerprints scanned. There is an additional $10 fee associated with this.
Kindergarten Teacher Certification Resources for Texas
Prospective kindergarten teachers will spend plenty of time with textbooks and at testing sites. To break up the traditional studying methods, take a look at these links: