Dr. Debbie Emery shares how Teachworthy guides you through the training and testing phase of becoming an incredible educator:

After you have completed your application, it is now up to you to study for and pass your chosen content test.  Passing your content test will allow you to become officially enrolled in an alternative certification program.  Plan to study by taking practice tests and scoring above the minimum passing score before you sit for the actual exam.

When you feel you are ready, you will register to take your test at http://www.tx.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_Register.html.

Once you receive a passing score be sure you inform your certification program right away.  You will then be required to pay an enrollment fee (or training fee) that will prepare you for employment as a certified teacher.

Training to enter the classroom requires a minimum of 150 hours of coursework.  This is different than the hours you obtained in college because it is approximately equal to the actual hours you will spend doing the coursework and learning the lessons.  This makes it possible to complete all the training within 3-4 weeks if you are enrolled with online programs like Teachworthy.  Other programs may require you to come to in-person training on the schedule that they offer.

The readiness training will ensure you learn all the skills necessary to be a successful educator.  Topics include:

  • Teachers as Leaders
  • Behavior Management
  • Curriculum & Lesson Design
  • Equity in the Classroom
  • Frameworks for Teaching
  • Reading Strategies

While you are training, you will also need to complete 30 hours of Field Based Experiences or FBE.  These experiences are meant to give you an accurate view of what to expect when you enter the classroom.  A maximum of 15 hours of these experiences can be completed viewing videos that meet certain requirements.  Your certification program should provide you a list of resources that meet the standards.  The remaining 15 hours will need to be completed on a school campus in a live classroom.  The best practice is to contact the human resources department in the school district you would like to teach and ask for permission to observe the subject area and grade-level you hope to teach.  Program’s like Teachworthy can help make introductions for you, but it is up to you to schedule and complete the observations.

Now you are ready to secure a teaching position.  You have:

  1. Passed your content exam in the subject area you want to teach;
  2. Completed your pre-service training;
  3. Completed your 30 hours of Field Based Experiences.

Programs like Teachworthy take preparing you for the classroom very seriously and have one additional requirement; attending the research-based Capturing Kids’ Hearts 2-day live training.  Creating the right classroom culture that is safe and high-achieving will make the difference in your success as an educator.  Over 40,000 educators attend these 2-day events each year and have seen incredible results after implementing the processes taught.  With trainings almost every week, you will be able to attend prior to entering the classroom.  You will also be able to demonstrate to hiring districts that you are serious about connecting with all kids and know what it takes to be a successful educator.