Teaching is described by some people 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. Teachers are like potters who mold students and the entire society. Due to the importance attached to teaching, a lot of emphasis is put in the training of people who are willing to become 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. You are unfit to teach in a classroom if you do not have the set qualifications. The need for standardized education for all the students in the state is what prompted the setting of these standards. Let us now look at what training and testing you have to go through to become a teacher in Texas.
The first thing any person willing to become a teacher in Texas has to do is to obtain a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. The degree is compulsory for all teachers apart from those in the health sciences and trade education. The training for those in health sciences and trade is conducted quite differently.
Completion of teaching preparation program is the next step. All aspiring teachers must go through this program. If you do not have the required university or college training, you cannot reach this step.
If you take the educator preparation tests you may go ahead to the next step. A retake of the preparation tests may be necessary for people who do not pass. The next step after passing the teacher preparation tests is to take the teacher certification tests. Taking these examinations is compulsory not only in Texas but in the whole of America. When you certification is successful, you will be verified to apply for a job.
Once you are verified, the next thing you do is to apply for a job. Be keen to note that job application in Texas is done only through the state department of education. No applicant will be allowed to apply for any teaching job in Texas if they have not been successfully verified. This is how the state ensures that all its teachers are qualified for classroom teaching. This step can be the last one for people applying for the job and have prior teaching experience.
Completing all the above training and job application leads you to the next step. This last step is only taken by the first time teaching job applicants. Fingerprinting of the applicant is this last step. Fingerprinting is made a compulsory thing as it gives background information on any criminal activities of the applicants.