To some people, teaching is described 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. Due to the importance attached to teaching, a lot of emphasis is put in the training of people who are willing to become teachers.
The teacher training programs in Texas have a lot of importance attached to them just like it is the case with all the other states and countries. To become a teacher, there are several qualifications you must have. A person lacking these qualifications is seen to be unfit for classroom teaching. The need for standardized education for all the students in the state is what prompted the setting of these standards. We focus now on the training and tests required for one to teach 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. Apart from teachers in the health sciences and trade education, all the others must obtain this bachelor’s degree. These in health and trade teaching undergo a different training.
The next thing you need to do is to complete a teaching preparation program. 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.
You will be able to proceed to the next step once you are done with the educator preparation tests. Note that, if you fail in the educator preparation program you will be required to retake it. 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. Verification to apply for a job is done once you pass these tests.
Job application is the next step you go to after being verified. Application for the job should be done only through the state department of education. Teaching job application in Texas can only be done by individuals whose verification is successful. 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. For teachers who have already taught before, this could be the last step in becoming a teacher.
This last step comes upon successful completion of the training and job application. This last step is only taken by the first time teaching job applicants. Fingerprinting of the applicant is this last step. Criminal background check of the aspiring teacher cannot be completed without this fingerprinting.