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Master Teacher Certification in Texas

Whether you are already a teacher or want to plan for the future, becoming a master teacher in Texas can be very rewarding. You will have an additional certificate under your belt, which will lead to better pay and opportunities. Continue reading to find out how to become one.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has created a certification process to be considered a master teacher. These master teacher areas can be found in reading, science, technology, and math. If you want to learn how to become a master teacher, follow the steps below.

Requirements for Texas Master Teachers

Average Salary for Teachers in Texas (2017)* $34,800 (Preschool)
$54,670 (Kindergarten)
$56,760 (Elementary School)
$56,670 (Middle School)
$57,830 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree, Master Teacher EPP
Required Field Math, Science, Reading, or Technology
Testing Requirements Master Reading Teacher
Master Technology Teacher EC-12
Master Mathematics Teacher EC-4/4-8/8-12
Master Science Teacher EC-4/4-8/8-12

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Become a Certified Teacher

The first step to becoming a master teacher is to become a certified teacher in Texas. We've covered these steps in depth in other articles, but it is important to know the basic steps (which you may already have completed if you are looking to become a master teacher). To become a licensed teacher in Texas, you must first complete a bachelor's degree in the subject you would like to teach. For master teachers, this typically means you'll want a degree in a science, math, technology, computer science, reading, or literacy. There are other options, but you'll want to be sure that whatever you study, you learn the basic content knowledge required to pass the associated TExES exam. Again, there are several options to consider if you want to become a teacher in one of those subjects, but generally, these are the tests you should consider:

Elementary Education

  • Core Subjects EC-6
  • Core Subjects 4-8

Math

  • Mathematics 4-8
  • Mathematics 7-12
  • Mathematics/Science 4-8

Science

  • Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering 6-12
  • Mathematics/Science 4-8
  • Chemistry 7-12
  • Life Science 7-12
  • Physical Science 6-12
  • Physics/Mathematics 7-12
  • Science 4-8
  • Science 7-12

Reading

  • English Language Arts and Reading 4-8
  • English Language Arts and Reading 7-12
  • English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies 4-8
  • Reading Specialist

Technology

  • Computer Science 8-12
  • Technology Applications EC-12
  • Technology Education 6-12

You'll also need to complete the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities exam, which tests your teaching skills. You must also undergo a background check through the FBI and the TEA before you can be certified.

Step 2: Gain Experience

Whether you have been a certified teacher for a while or are just considering the career, you'll need to gain experience to become a master teacher. Master teachers of all subjects must have at least three years of teaching under their belt.

Step 3: Complete an Education Preparation Program

To become a teacher you have already complete an educator preparation program (EPP). However, to become a master teacher, you'll need to continue your education and experience with a graduate-level program. You can either complete this EPP within a master's program in teaching or complete a certificate program for master teachers. Many colleges offer these programs, which typically combine classroom instruction with some student teaching. This is not always part of the program, though, so be sure to check out the TEA-approved programs to see which will work best for you.

Step 4: Complete the Exam

There are eight master teacher exams, known as TExMaT exams, that cover all four of the subjects at different grade levels. The science and math exams are broken down into three grade levels: early childhood to grade 4, grades 4-8, and grades 8-12. You'll have five hours to complete any of the exams, and all but the technology exam include 90 multiple-choice questions and a case study. The master technology teacher exam also requires two performance assessments with the test.

  • Master Reading Teacher
  • Master Technology Teacher EC-12
  • Master Mathematics Teacher EC-4
  • Master Mathematics Teacher 4-8
  • Master Mathematics Teacher 8-12
  • Master Science Teacher EC-4
  • Master Science Teacher 4-8
  • Master Science Teacher 8-12

Texas Master Teacher Certification Resources

Becoming a master teacher can be quite an honor as a teacher. In order to do that, you'll need to be prepared for the TExMaT exams that will come your way.


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