Teaching is described by some people as a noble profession. Others go ahead to say that teaching is a calling. A teacher is one of the most important people in every human society. Students and entire societies are molded like the potter does by teachers. Because teaching is very important, the amount of emphasis put on the training of teachers is a lot.
Like in any other state or country, Texas has also put a lot of emphasis on the teacher training programs. Several qualifications you must have to become a teacher have been set. You are unfit to teach in a classroom if you do not have the set qualifications. The set standards ensure that the students all over the state get a standard education from qualified personnel. We focus now on the training and tests required for one to teach in Texas.
Obtaining a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is the first thing you need to do to become a teacher in Texas. Apart from teachers in the health sciences and trade education, all the others must obtain this bachelor’s degree. The training for those in health sciences and trade is conducted quite differently.
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree, you will be required to undergo a teaching preparation program. This is also a compulsory test to undergo for all aspiring teachers. People without the required university training cannot get to this point and must take first the university training.
Having taken the educator preparation test, you are free to move to the next step. A retake of the preparation tests may be necessary for people who do not pass. The next step after passing the teacher preparation tests is to take the teacher certification tests. Texas like all the other states in America have put this as a compulsory step before becoming a teacher. Passing these tests allow you to be verified to apply for teaching.
As a certified teacher now you may go ahead and apply for a job. Be keen to note that job application in Texas is done only through the state department of education. No applicant will be allowed to apply for any teaching job in Texas if they have not been successfully verified. The condition that only certified and verified people can apply for teaching jobs ensures that the people who apply for these jobs are qualified to teach. For teachers who have already taught before, this could be the last step in becoming a teacher.
This last step comes upon successful completion of the training and job application. This is a step only applicable for first time teaching applicants. The step involves taking of fingerprints of the applicants. The need for fingerprinting is a part of the teacher background check for any criminal activity.