Teaching is described by some people as a noble profession. Others go ahead to say that teaching is a calling. A teacher is ranked among the most important people in any human society. Students and entire societies are molded like the potter does by teachers. A lot of emphasis is put on the training offered to teachers and this is because of the core role played by teachers.
The teacher training programs in Texas have a lot of importance attached to them just like it is the case with all the other states and countries. 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 set standards ensure that the students all over the state get a standard education from qualified personnel. 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. These in health and trade teaching undergo a different training.
Completion of teaching preparation program is the next step. This preparation program is compulsory for all aspiring teachers. If you do not have the required university or college training, you cannot reach this step.
You will be able to proceed to the next step once you are done with the educator preparation tests. Note that, if you fail in the educator preparation program you will be required to retake it. 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. Passing these tests allow you to be verified to apply for teaching.
As a certified teacher now you may go ahead and 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. Doing this makes sure that only qualified people get the teaching job in the state’s schools. Job application can be the last step in becoming a teacher for people that have been on the job.
Finally, once you have gone through the above steps and your application is accepted, you may go to the next step. First time applicants of teaching jobs are the only ones that have to come this far. What happens during this step is fingerprinting. The need for fingerprinting is a part of the teacher background check for any criminal activity.