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. Students and entire societies are molded like the potter does by teachers. Because teaching is very important, the amount of emphasis put on the training of teachers is a lot.
Like in any other state or country, Texas has also put a lot of emphasis on the 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 reason these standards have been put in place is to ensure that the students are taught by qualified personnel and that the education they get is standardized. Let us now look at what training and testing you have to go through to become a teacher in Texas.
In Texas, anyone who wants to become a teacher has to, first of all, obtain a bachelor’s degree from a university or college. All teachers besides those in health sciences and trade education must have the bachelor’s degree in order to become teachers. The training for those in health sciences and trade is conducted quite differently.
The next thing you need to do is to complete a teaching preparation program. This preparation program is compulsory for all aspiring teachers. No person is allowed beyond this point if they lack the university training required.
Having taken the educator preparation test, you are free to move to the next step. Note that, if you fail in the educator preparation program you will be required to retake it. Teacher certification examinations are the other tests you take once you pass the preparation 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.
As a certified teacher now you may go ahead and apply for a job. Be keen to note that job application in Texas is 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. Job application can be the last step in becoming a teacher for people that have been on the job.
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. What happens during this step is fingerprinting. The need for fingerprinting is a part of the teacher background check for any criminal activity.