What qualifications do I need to apply to a Texas Teacher Certification Program?
Becoming a teacher is a big step and one that shows a commitment to making an impact through your work. Not everyone has the attitude or the heart that’s needed to pour into today’s young people. But for those that do, the rewards are beyond measure.
The application process prescribed by state education agencies requires specific information be submitted to confirm that you are eligible to enter an alternative certification program.
Requirements for Applying to a Texas Teacher Online Certification Program
Here’s some insight into the technical details needed to get started:
- The application asks about your demographic information, your education history and related work experience. You will also be asked what subject and grade-level you would like to teach.
- The Texas Education Agency requires that you be in your last semester of earning your bachelor’s degree or have completed a bachelor’s degree. Your college study area doesn’t matter, but your GPA does. Texas requires a 2.5 overall GPA or a 2.5 GPA in your last 60 hours of coursework. The exceptions to this are in high need areas that local school districts determine would be eligible for a GPA waiver.
- Related work experience could be positions such as a teacher’s aide or a substitute teacher. These types of roles demonstrate you have a better understanding of the job requirements than those without this experience.
How to Apply for Texas Teacher Training
Submitting your application requires that have you have the college you graduated from send your official college transcripts to your alternative certification program. Once your transcript is received, the Texas Education Agency requires a detailed analysis by conducted by Teachworthy.
The goal of this analysis is to determine if you will be successful in passing the content exam in the subject area you want to teach. The assumption is that if you have 15 hours of college study in the subject you want to teach, you will be able to pass the content exam and have enough knowledge to lead a class in that area.
For subjects like the English certification, this is most likely true. For subjects like Mathematics, you are required to have some knowledge of every math subject taught grades 7th-12th. For subjects like Social Studies grades 7th-12th, you will need to know World, US and Texas History, World, US and Texas Geography, Government and Economics among other subjects in order to pass the content test.
Don’t let any of this scare you though! Programs like Teachworthy provide you access to content test preparation that will prepare you to successfully pass your exams.
What Happens After I’ve Applied to a Texas Teacher Program?
Once the transcript analysis is complete, you should receive a request for an interview where your assigned program advisor will walk you through your best options. You will learn which subjects and grade-levels might work best for you and that have the most job opportunities in your region.
If you are comfortable with the process and expectations, your program advisor will send you a Certification Plan that defines all the steps you will need to complete to become a certified teacher. This will be your guide throughout your journey.
Once you accept and sign the Certification Plan, you will become an official applicant to the program. Teachworthy does not charge an application fee. You will have testing fees required by the State Education Agency of $116 per content test you decide to take.
Listen to the Video for All the Further Information You Need
At Teachworthy, we know as former educators that teachers make a huge impact on the lives of their students. We want to partner with you to ensure your success in becoming certified.
This video explains what the application process looks like with Teachworthy: