To some people, teaching is described as a noble profession. To others, teaching is a calling. A teacher is ranked among the most important people in any human society. Like potters, teachers mold not only their students but the entire societies. Because teaching is very important, the amount of emphasis put on the training of teachers is a lot.
Texas, like any other state or country has in place great measures to ensure the quality of its teacher training programs. Qualifications for one to become a teacher have been set. A person lacking these qualifications is seen to be unfit for classroom teaching. 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. Apart from teachers in the health sciences and trade education, all the others must obtain this bachelor’s degree. The training for those in health sciences and trade is conducted quite differently.
Completion of teaching preparation program is the next step. All aspiring teachers must go through this program. People without the required university training cannot get to this point and must take first the university training.
If you take the educator preparation tests you may go ahead to the next step. People who failed in the preparation tests cannot move to the next test and will be forced to retake the tests. The next step after passing the teacher preparation tests is to take the teacher certification tests. Texas like all the other states in America have put this as a compulsory step before becoming a teacher. When you certification is successful, you will be verified to apply for a job.
Once you are verified, the next thing you do is to apply for a job. Application for the job should be 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. The condition that only certified and verified people can apply for teaching jobs ensures that the people who apply for these jobs are qualified to teach. This step can be the last one for people applying for the job and have prior teaching experience.
Completing all the above training and job application leads you to the next step. This last step is only taken by the first time teaching job applicants. The step involves taking of fingerprints of the applicants. The need for fingerprinting is a part of the teacher background check for any criminal activity.