Teaching is described by some people as a noble profession. To others, teaching is a calling. A teacher is one of the most important people in every 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. 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. 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. 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.
Completion of teaching preparation program is the next step. All aspiring teachers must go through this program. If you do not have the required university or college training, you cannot reach this step.
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. 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. Job application is done strictly through the state department of education. If your verification was unsuccessful, you will never be allowed to apply for any teaching job anywhere in Texas. 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 is a step only applicable for first time teaching applicants. Fingerprinting of the applicant is this last step. Criminal background check of the aspiring teacher cannot be completed without this fingerprinting.