Like many other states, Texas is currently facing a critical shortage of qualified teachers. Due to the pressing need for Texas teachers, the state offers a wide variety of certification options, from recent college graduate to mid-career changers.

College students who would like to complete a teacher training program should find an approved undergraduate degree program that offers an academic major. No matter which path to certification you choose, you must successfully complete appropriate teacher certification tests that are required for the subject and grade level you wish to teach. If you have already completed a college degree in a non-academic major, you may follow an alternative certification or post-baccalaureate program approved by the state. These programs offer potential teachers an accelerate route to teaching, with many that can be completed within a year while you enjoy a paid teaching position. If you are a teacher from out of state or even out of the country, Texas will allow you to take certification tests that verify you have the appropriate knowledge and experience to teach in Texas. To qualify for this option, you must have acceptable credentials from your home state or country. Additionally, some out of state teachers will be able to become certified based on certification tests taken in another state.

Texas has some of the largest school districts in the country, with no less than 16 of the 100 largest school districts in the United States. The largest of these is the Houston Independent School District. You’ll find major populations in the cities of Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin. Texas has a need for teachers in all areas and educational specialties. You can find a number of Job Banks that list vacancies on the Texas State Board for Educator Certification website.

Texas requires that its teachers complete specific amounts of professional development every five years before renewing a teaching certificate. For classroom teachers, the requirement is 150 clock hours, which can be defined by your individual school district. Generally these hours will be fulfilled through mentoring, in-services, and workshops.

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