If you’re considering getting your teaching certification in the state of Texas, there are a few different options available to you.
You can get your Texas teacher certification through a:
However, choosing which one best meets your needs can feel a little overwhelming and take a lot of consideration. Below we’ll explore the pros and cons of each of the ways you can earn your teaching certification in Texas so that you begin the journey toward the career of your dreams.
Many choose to earn their teaching credentials through a university-based program. In fact, in Texas, 34% of all new teachers are prepared through undergraduate programs, typically for elementary teacher positions. Another 4% of new teachers earn their credentials through post baccalaureate programs.
One of the biggest benefits for those pursuing an undergraduate degree in education is that the teacher preparation program is typically already blended with the bachelor’s degree program.
Many colleges and universities also offer post-baccalaureate programs. These are designed for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree, but not in education. Participants in these programs complete credential requirements for a teaching certificate by enrolling in university coursework.
Perhaps the biggest benefit to this type of university program is if the university allows you to earn an advanced degree while at the same time fulfilling the requirements for a certificate.
While earning your teaching credentials through a university-based program can be a great option for students heading to college for the first time, or those looking to complete an advanced degree, there are some drawbacks as well:
For those who already have a bachelor’s degree or meet other requirements, alternative programs are a great way to earn your teaching certificate.
These types of programs are becoming more and more popular among those looking for a convenient pathway to earning a teaching certification that fits their schedule and other needs. In fact, 49% of all new teachers in Texas are prepared through alternative programs.
Among them, you can typically choose between a 100% online program or one that incorporates both online and in-person coursework. In this section, we’ll explore the pros and cons of programs that offer their coursework completely online.
One of the biggest benefits of an online alternative program is its flexibility. Online learning takes the distance out of education, so many more courses are available to you. You can live on one side of Texas and take online courses offered through a certification program located on the other side of the state.
Other benefits include:
Though 100% online programs have many benefits, they also have some drawbacks as well:
Online programs offer a lot of flexibility, but you can miss out on important opportunities to network and develop professional connections. Alternative teaching credential programs that provide a curriculum of both online and in-person coursework offer the best of both worlds.
While you retain the flexibility of being able to take courses online, you have opportunities as well for in-person instruction, group work and networking.
Though there are many benefits to a teaching credential program that incorporates both online and in-person learning, it’s important to note that, unfortunately, not all programs are the same. When looking for an alternative program, there are features you should consider, including:
Our article, What The Best Online Teacher Certification Programs Offer, helps guide you on what to look for when choosing a reputable alternative teaching credential program.
It’s also important to note that if you have completed training in another state, there is a path available to you to earn your teaching license in the state of Texas. Approximately 13% of all new teachers to the Texas education system come from out-of-state programs.
Many take advantage of alternative education programs to fulfill the required number of training hours needed for certification in Texas. Our article, How To Transfer Your Training From Another State, further explains the general requirements needed to obtain your standard teaching certificate and the type of work that would transfer to help you meet these requirements.
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.