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Texas Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $41,744
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $39,320

Coursework and Preparation Programs You'll Need:

You'll need a Bachelor's Degree before you can teach in Texas schools. There are no special undergraduate coursework requirements in individual subject areas for Texas teacher certification. You will, however, need to complete a Texas-approved teacher preparation program. For a discussion of teacher preparation programs, see this Web page:
How to Become a Teacher in Texas:
http://www.sbec.state.tx.us
For a list of alternative teaching certification preparation programs, see
http://www.teach-now.org/
the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.

Tests

You'll also need to take one or more of the following tests in specific subject areas:
Texas Exam for Educator Standards (TExES) Official Site: http://www.texes.ets.org/texes/ | TExES Exam

Certification is just the beginning

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Texas has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about Texas Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Texas for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

Texas

For Further Information

You can contact the Texas Education Agency about teacher certification at this address:
Texas Education Agency
1701 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas, 78701

Or you can call the Education Agency at (512) 463-9734.
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Texas teacher certification process:

Texas Education Agency:
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index.aspx

Texas Teachers:
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/portals.aspx?id=3483&menu_id=771&menu_id2=794

Last Updated: 08/20/2013

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