To some people, teaching is described as a noble profession. Then there are those who say that teaching is a calling. In any human society, a teacher is among the most important people. Students and entire societies are molded like the potter does by teachers. A lot of emphasis is put on the training offered to teachers and this is because of the core role played by teachers.
Texas, like any other state or country has in place great measures to ensure the quality of its teacher training programs. To become a teacher, there are several qualifications you must have. A person lacking these qualifications is seen to be unfit for classroom teaching. The set standards ensure that the students all over the state get a standard education from qualified personnel. Let us now look at what training and testing you have to go through to become a teacher 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. The degree is compulsory for all teachers apart from those in the health sciences and trade education. These in health and trade teaching undergo a different training.
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree, you will be required to undergo a teaching preparation program. All aspiring teachers must go through this program. No person is allowed beyond this point if they lack the university training required.
You will be able to proceed to the next step once you are done with the educator preparation tests. People who failed in the preparation tests cannot move to the next test and will be forced to retake the tests. The next step after passing the teacher preparation tests is to take the teacher certification tests. This is a compulsory test to be taken by all aspiring teachers in Texas and the whole of America. 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. If your verification was unsuccessful, you will never be allowed to apply for any teaching job anywhere in Texas. Doing this makes sure that only qualified people get the teaching job in the state’s schools. Job application can be the last step in becoming a teacher for people that have been on the job.
Finally, once you have gone through the above steps and your application is accepted, you may go to the next step. This is a step only applicable for first time teaching applicants. Fingerprinting of the applicant is this last step. Criminal background check of the aspiring teacher cannot be completed without this fingerprinting.