What test should I take? How do I sign up for the test? Where do I get my training? How do I qualify to start looking for a job? Will my out of state credential qualify me to teach in Texas? Can I teach if I don’t have a degree?
These are just some of the questions I get asked on a daily basis. And, you might be surprised to know that some of the more technical questions I get asked come from people that work for other certification companies.
Why? Because...The laws and requirements for getting a Texas teacher certification are always changing, and this can get very complicated.
So, why do you need help?
In a nutshell...To save yourself valuable time, to save yourself money that can add up from costly mistakes, and to save the hassle of trying to figure it all out by yourself.
If you have ever gone to the websites of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) or the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for information, you probably came away more confused than ever. You have also most likely seen this…”Please consult with your preparation program”. That is because even they know the process can be confusing!
What Getting Help Will Save You
You want to become a teacher, and there is a lot for you to get done. You need to study and take the TExES Content test, get training, look for a teaching job, study and take the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities test, and teach for a year.
There is nothing more disappointing for us than having someone come to us for help after they have made mistakes that have cost them valuable time and knowing we could have helped them avoid those pitfalls.
Each test costs $131. Any request to change your test, test date, test center or test session, could cost you between $20 and $80, depending on how close to your test date it is. Not to mention the cost of a new test if you took the wrong one.This can add up fast and be very costly, especially if you are already tight on money.
I can’t tell you how many times someone has come to our program before consulting with us and after they took their test, only to find out that they took the wrong test or took more tests than they need to.
Don’t spend more money than you have to!
Start researching online about how to become a Teacher in Texas and you will know what I mean by this. Instructions aren’t always clear, when and how to do things can be confusing, and different resources can be contradictory.
When you have read the same information three times and you still think...what? You are not the only one!
Don’t try to figure it out and hope you are doing it right!
Where To Go For Help
According to the Texas Education Agency (TEA), more Texas teachers became certified through an alternative certification program than any other preparation route and accounted for almost half the teachers certified in Texas for 2014-2015.
University Post Baccalaureate
Totals For All Routes
(Source: Texas Education Agency)
But, not all programs are the same. Look for one that is accredited and in good standing with the state. Other criteria to look for:
Highly respected by school districts statewide - Call the school district you would like to get into and ask which programs they respect and like to hire from
High job placement percentages due to close alliances with area school districts - Ask the program what their job placement rate is
Seasoned, well respected trainers, advisors and program staff - Look at the program’s website and see what the backgrounds are of their trainers, advisors and staff
Friendly, helpful staff when you call - Do they give you knowledgeable and helpful information when you call and ask for advice
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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