1. You can earn an education degree from a college in Texas and complete all requirements (including passing the required exams, completing required coursework, and completing a student teaching assignment, as well as anything else prescribed by the college).
2. If you already have a four year degree in another field from an accredited college, you can enter an alternative certification program in Texas. You get certified by passing the required exams, completing required coursework, and completing a clinical teaching assignment or internship, as well as finishing any other requirements prescribed by the certification program.
How Do I Get a Job as a Teacher in Texas?
If you are not yet certified but have a four year degree, your first step is to enter an alternative certification program. Next, study and pass the Core Subjects EC-6 exam, and complete all pre-internship requirements prescribed by your certification program. Then apply for teaching jobs and complete your internship and remaining requirements. Your internship is your one year paid teaching position.
Which tests are required to teach elementary school in Texas?
To teach elementary school in Texas, you must pass the TExES Core Subjects EC-6 291 exam and the TExES PPR EC-12 exam. Important - the Core Subjects EC-6 has various subjects, and you have to pass each section in order to be eligible for a job (and certificate).
Can I get a job before I pass my tests?
Kind of! While private schools and some charter schools will hire candidates before they pass their tests, school districts are not allowed to. If you do work for a school that does not require you to pass your test, it will not count as time toward earning your teaching certificate. To be hired by a district, you have to be eligible for a Probationary Certificate. You have to pass the TExES Core Subjects EC-6 291 exam to be eligible for a Probationary Certificate, and you also have to complete any pre-internship requirements prescribed by your certification program. The Probationary Certificate is a one year certificate, and during that one year period the candidate should finish all the requirements of their certification program, including passing the PPR EC-12, doing coursework and other requirements, and successfully completing the one year internship (paid teaching position). *Some candidates prefer to complete a clinical teaching assignment, a 12 week unpaid program instead of a one year paid internship. Both routes have the same test requirements and earn candidates the same certificate.
What is a Probationary Certificate?
A Probationary Certificate is a one year certificate a candidate earns after passing the TExES Core Subjects EC-6 291 exam, completing pre-internship requirements prescribed by their certification program, and being hired by a school district. During that one year period, the candidate works and is paid as a teacher, and he or she completes remaining requirements, including passing the PPR EC-12 and any other requirements from their certification program.
What is a Standard Certificate?
After a candidate passes the Core Subjects EC-6 291 exam and the PPR EC-12, completes all requirements of their certification program, and successfully completes a clinical or student teaching assignment or internship, the candidate can be recommended for a Standard Certificate. This means the educator is fully certified. The certificate is valid for five years and must be renewed. Continuing education credits are required for renewal.