Teaching Certificate Requirements: 10 Must-Haves
Becoming a teacher will change your life, and it all starts with getting your standard teaching certificate. Explore the teaching certificate requirements you must meet to start making a profound impact on the generation of tomorrow.
What’s needed for a professional teaching position?
Before you start your teacher certification program application, you need to consider whether you’re ready to embark on this journey…
Check out our guides to discover if you have what it takes:
- Should I become a teacher? – 10 things to consider before kick-starting your career
- How long does it take to get a Texas teaching certificate? – Being a teacher is a big commitment. Make sure you’re ready to put in the required amount of time.
- Traditional vs Alternative Teaching License – Discover which option is the right one for you.
- Teacher pay in Texas – Have you researched what salary you’re likely to earn?
- Career Switch to Teaching – Already working in another profession? Learn what it takes to make the switch to the classroom.
- What you need to become a teacher – A useful guide for those of you who’ve already got your teacher license.
10 things you need to complete for your Texas Teacher Certification Program
From exams to experience, skills to qualifications, Texas teacher certification requirements cover a range of factors.
In order to participate in an online alternative teacher certification, you’ll need to demonstrate your teaching credentials by completing the following…
1) A bachelor’s degree
To earn your teacher certification, you must first complete a bachelor’s degree. Most colleges and universities have a teacher certification program as part of a bachelor’s degree, but if you did not select this route as a college student, alternative certification is for you!
You can apply to Teachworthy in your final semester before graduation.
2) Obtain a 2.5 GPA minimum on your transcript/coursework
While studying your bachelor’s degree, you need to obtain a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) on your conferred transcript or in your last 60 semester hours.
3) Pay the fees
Applying to Teachworthy is free of charge. Once admitted, the training enrollment costs $195. This includes your access to all training modules, test preparation and career resources.
The $3,960 program fee is paid in monthly installments over the course of your first year in the classroom.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) fees are $477. This means that the total investment to get your teaching license is between $4,662 and $4,732.
4) Demonstrate your Subject Matter Knowledge
One of the most crucial requirements of becoming a certified teacher is passing the TExES Content Exams.
You must complete at least one of these Subject Matter Knowledge tests to demonstrate your eligibility to teach. At Teachworthy, we guide you through the subject and grade-level selection process, providing:
- Guidance in 50+ subject areas
- Continuous support
- Test preparation resources and study guides
5) Training modules
After passing the Content Exam, you’ll move through the ten training modules, which can be completed online over 45-90 days.
6) 30 hours of Field Based Experience
Aspiring teachers are required to complete 30 hours of Field Based Experiences as part of the certification process. This step involves you observing a real classroom on campus. 15 of these hours can be completed by video.
Learn more by reading our Field Supervision blog.
7) Pass your PPR exams
The state requires that all Texas teachers complete a Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam, which consists of approximately 90 questions about their professional responsibilities as an educator.
Once you’ve passed the PPR exam you are one step closer to earning your standard certificate.
8) Internship/Clinical Teaching
The final step in becoming a certified teacher is successfully completing a one-year supervised year of teaching, called an internship. This is a teaching position in which the candidate is paid as a first-year teacher with pay and benefits.
Teachworthy assigns each intern candidate a field supervisor who observes, mentors, and provides feedback to help new teachers meet the expectations of the classroom. This is a key element in the development of the intern candidate’s development into a proficient teacher.
An intern candidate will have a minimum of 5 observations during the academic year, with a pre-conference, observation and post-conference to discuss what was observed.
After a candidate successfully completes a one-year internship assignment, they could be recommended for a standard certificate.
Thousands of educators complete the clinical teaching route, shadowing a certified teacher over the course of 14 weeks as they gradually assume day-to-day classroom responsibilities.
Discover everything you need to know about this fast-track, full-time assignment in our clinical teaching guide.
9) Do you have a passion for teaching?
Passion goes a very long way in education. There are, of course, many technical and knowledge-based requirements to earning your teaching certificate, but the most important qualities are those that come from within.
Teaching is a rewarding profession that involves tons of personal development. The journey from aspiring educator to fully qualified teacher becomes much easier and more enjoyable with the right qualities and traits.
If you dream of working in a classroom, inspiring and educating future generations, then you’re already halfway there. To complete the full journey and earn your certification, you need:
- A willingness to learn
Wondering what else is needed? Read our guide to discover if you have what it takes to become a teacher.
10) Complete an application today to start this exciting journey
The final step is to apply for your alternative teacher certification program. The application process for Teachworthy is very straightforward and takes less than 10 minutes. The simple form is all about confirming your eligibility for the program.