Becoming a High School Teacher in Texas

Learn how to become a Texas high school teacher and prepare students for college and the workforce. Find out how to get certified including the education required, the requisite exams and the application process. Schools offering Teaching - K-12 degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Info About Texas High School Teacher Careers

Aspiring Texas high school teachers need to get certified at the appropriate grade level and subject area to teach. For some subjects, like English, social studies, mathematics and science, they will receive a secondary certificate that will allow them to teach grades 7 through 12. For other subjects, a teacher receives an all-level certificate valid for teaching elementary through high school. This includes subjects like music, languages other than English, physical education and more.

Education/Experience Required Bachelor's degree in education and teacher preparation program
Exams Required TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) EC-12 exam (160)
Relevant content-area TExES exams
License Validity Period Five years
Renewal Requirements 150 professional development hours
Mean Salary (2018) $58,190*
Estimated Job Growth (2016-2026, nationwide) 8%*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Education and Experience Requirements

Regardless of grade level, all teachers in Texas need to have a bachelor's degree from a state-approved college or university. The traditional route is to pursue a bachelor's degree in education in the subject they want to teach, which will include a state-approved teacher preparation program and student teaching. But those who already have a bachelor's degree in an area other than education can complete a teacher preparation program through a graduate degree or alternative program. A list of the state-approved teacher training programs, through all three routes, is available on the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website.

Certification Tests

High school teachers in Texas also need to pass certification tests, called the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES). Any first-time certificate applicant must pass the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) EC-12 exam. This exam is about designing and implementing instruction and assessment, fostering positive classroom environments and more. This 5-hour exam costs $116 as of 2019 and requires a passing score of 240.

Teachers also need to pass certification exams in their subject area and grade level. For example, someone who wants to be a high school social studies teacher would take the Social Studies Grade 7-12 TExES. A high school math teacher candidate would take the Mathematics Grades 7-12 TExES. These exams generally cover knowledge of the subject area and methods for teaching it to the grade level.

Certification Application and Fingerprinting Requirements

Once candidates complete teacher preparation programs and pass the certification exams, they will apply for certification online through the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS). To access this system, candidates need to make an account through the Texas Education Agency Login (TEAL). The online system will guide users through the application, which includes a fee, and it will also initiate the fingerprinting process. All Texas teacher certification applicants are required to submit fingerprints for a national background check.

Certificate Validity and Renewal

Once teachers receive certification, they can view and print the certificate through the ECOS system. The certificate is valid for five years. Teachers can renew certificates as long as they complete 150 hours of professional development and complete the renewal process through the ECOS system.

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