Recent legislation, resulted in changes in the testing schedule for required proficiency exams prior to probationary Texas teacher certification has resulted in shortfall of teachers for some high need areas across the state.
Subjects like Math, Science, Bilingual Elementary Education and others have openings. Because of the change in testing requirements, there are several listings even in moderate need areas this year.
Current Open Teaching Positions
As I write this article, I count 215 openings for K-12 teachers, the majority of which are in high need areas on the Region 11 consortium (DFW Metro Area) application. And because of the challenges that we had finding candidates that had their requirements completed this year, I suspect that the situation is similar across the state.
In addition to the high need areas, there are also several moderate need areas represented as well, such as Special Education, 4-8 Core subjects and even there are even some Elementary spots available.
Getting Your Foot in The Door
If you still don’t see any positions that fit your needs, look at Educational Aide, Substitute, and even clerical positions at your favorite districts. There are more than 250 of these types of positions right now in Region 11.
Most of our mid-year hires are people who started out as Educational Aides, Substitutes, after school tutoring program employees or other similar positions on campus.
ECAP Is Looking for Qualified Candidates
ECAP has only 20 available candidates across the three most affected areas and about 100 candidates in the testing process for these areas, so WE NEED QUALIFIED TEACHERS RIGHT NOW.
If you can pass a content exam quickly (have extensive content knowledge) you may be able to find a mid-year teaching spot, so don’t delay testing thinking that jobs are only offered during the summer. Many districts have open positions throughout the year.
I suggest that you do your own homework. Call or apply for the positions listed and talk to the districts about their needs.
Then call ECAP to discuss your most expedient path to the classroom. Most subject areas only require 1 content exam to qualify. Then we can immediately start your on the job training as you begin your new career.
Testing information can be found at www.texes.ets.org or by calling ECAP. Most subjects only require 1 content exam to qualify, whereas Bilingual requires three exams for qualification.
Micah is the Director of Curriculum & Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in British Literature, from the University of North Texas and a Master of Arts in Teaching, from Louisiana College. In his previous career, Micah served for 14 years as a banker and bank manager. For the majority of this period, Micah managed the Downtown Fort Worth location of Frost Bank.
In 2005, Micah finally surrendered to his true calling to be an educator. After a brief, but fulfilling term teaching high school English at Flower Mound High School in Lewisville ISD, Micah went to work for the family business, training teachers.
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