Some people describe teaching as a noble profession. Then there are those who say that 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. A lot of emphasis is put on the training offered to teachers and this is because of the core role played by teachers.
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. You are unfit to teach in a classroom if you do not have the set qualifications. The need for standardized education for all the students in the state is what prompted the setting of these standards. 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.
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree, you will be required to undergo a teaching preparation program. This is also a compulsory test to undergo for all aspiring teachers. 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. Teacher certification examinations are the other tests you take once you pass the preparation tests. This is a compulsory test to be taken by all aspiring teachers in Texas and the whole of America. 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. This is how the state ensures that all its teachers are qualified for classroom teaching. For teachers who have already taught before, this could be the last step in becoming a teacher.
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. Fingerprinting of the applicant is this last step. The need for fingerprinting is a part of the teacher background check for any criminal activity.