The State of Texas is facing a major educational challenge-a growing shortage of qualified teachers. Whether you are a recent college graduate, a mid-career changer, a teacher from another state/country, or someone who does not yet have a college degree, the information below outlines how to become a teacher in Texas.
to become a teacher in Texas
What are the basic requirements
for becoming a teacher in Texas?
- You must have a bachelor's
degree from an accredited college or university. Texas
institutions do not offer a degree in education. Every teacher
must have an academic major, as well as teacher training
courses. The only exemption from the degree requirement
is for individuals seeking Career and Technology certification
to teach certain courses, such as welding or computer-aided
- You must complete teacher training
through an approved program. These programs are offered
through colleges and universities, school districts, regional
service centers, community colleges, and other entities.
- You must successfully complete
the appropriate teacher certification tests for the subject
and grade level you wish to teach. For a list of the
certification tests and information on which tests are required,
How do you choose the teacher training
program that is best for you?
- Programs for those who do
not yet have a college degree. Colleges and universities
offer programs for training teachers. You will receive a
degree in an academic major, as well as the training you
would need to be an effective teacher. For a list of colleges
and universities that offer teacher training as part of
an undergraduate degree program, click
- Programs for those who already
have a college degree (post- baccalaureate programs). These
programs, which include accelerated routes into teaching,
offer training on how to be an effective teacher, as well
as additional courses you might need in the subject area
you wish to teach. Many of these programs can be completed
in a year, during which time you may have a paid teaching
position in a public school classroom. For a list of these
If I am certified in another state
or country, how do I become certified in Texas?
- Teachers from other states or countries
who hold acceptable credentials from their home state or
country can gain certification in Texas by passing the appropriate
Texas certification tests. For more information, click here.
- Some out-of-state teachers can gain
certification in Texas based on the certification tests
they took in another state, if SBEC has found those tests
to be similar to and at least as rigorous as equivalent
Texas tests. SBEC began the process of reviewing other state's
tests in fall 2001. For an overview of this review process
and a list of the out-of-state tests reviewed to date, click
Click the link below for information from the Texas Edeucation Agency about how to become a teacher in Texas and much more.
TEA Certification Information