Online Texas Teacher Certification for Music

If you want to be a music teacher in Texas, you'll need to meet education and experience requirements to get certified. This article covers the basics of getting certified as a Texas music teacher through an online program. Schools offering Early Childhood Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Texas Music Teacher Career Overview

As a music teacher, you'll help students develop an appreciation for music, both instrumental and vocal. For example, this can be as an elementary school music teacher or as a band, orchestra or chorus director in later grades. With a music teacher certification in Texas, educators qualify to teach the subject to students from early childhood through grade 12. Traditionally, to become a teacher in Texas, you must have at least a bachelor's degree and complete a teacher preparation program. However, there are alternate routes you can take that allow you to get your certification online.

Education/Experience Required Bachelor's degree and teacher preparation program
Exams Required PPR EC-12 TExES exam (160); Music EC-12 TExES exam (177)
License Validity Period Five years
Renewal Requirements 150 professional development hours
Mean Salary for TX Teachers (2018) $34,960 (preschool); $54,780 (kindergarten); $56,520 (elementary school); $56,580 (middle school); $58,190 (high school)*
Estimated Job Growth (2016-2026, nationwide) 8% (preschool, primary, secondary, and special education teachers)*

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

Education and Experience Requirements

Texas teachers, in any subject, must complete a bachelor's degree and teacher preparation program. If you've already received a bachelor's degree but not in education, you can complete an approved alternative program that has the relevant training to allow you to get certified as a music teacher. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) lists approved alternative teaching program providers on its website. As of 2019, there are more than 80 available alternative programs listed that offer music teacher certification, and some of them might be offered online.

Online Certification Programs

As you look at the listings on the TEA website, you may find an approved alternate online course through a university. However, many of the online certification programs are offered through private companies that specialize in teacher certification.

Many of the available online courses allow you to complete the classes on your own time. But note that practical teaching experience is required to become certified as a teacher in Texas, so once you complete online coursework, you'll need to teach in a classroom. Online programs may also offer you support as you try to get hired.

Requirements for Online Certification Programs

Online teacher certification programs generally require a bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.5 GPA, as shown in official transcripts. Some may also require that you pass at least the PACT (Pre-Admission Content Test) exam or the Texas music certification test before being accepted into the program.

Music Teacher Certification Tests

Texas teacher certification exams are called the Texas Examinations of Educators Standards (TExES). Texas music teachers need to take the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) EC-12 exam (160) and the content-specific Music EC-12 (177). For both, the passing score is 240 and the exam fee as of 2019 is $116. Online programs that don't require applicants to complete certification exams before enrolling may offer support and resources as their students prepare for the tests.

Apply for the Teacher Certification in Music

Your online teacher preparation program will likely provide you with guidance for the certificate application process. Once you complete your teacher preparation program, submit your certification application to the state. The application process also requires fingerprinting for a background check. As of 2019, the fee is $50.25.

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