Teaching is described by some people as a noble profession. Others go ahead to say that teaching is a calling. In any human society, a teacher is among the most important people. Like potters, teachers mold not only their students but the entire societies. Because teaching is very important, the amount of emphasis put on the training of teachers is a lot.
Texas, like any other state or country has in place great measures to ensure the quality of its teacher training programs. 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 reason these standards have been put in place is to ensure that the students are taught by qualified personnel and that the education they get is standardized. The Texas teaching qualification tests and training is what we will look at in this discussion.
Obtaining a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is the first thing you need to do to become a teacher in Texas. The degree is compulsory for all teachers apart from those in the health sciences and trade education. These in health and trade teaching undergo a different training.
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree, you will be required to undergo 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.
Having taken the educator preparation test, you are free to move to the next step. A retake of the preparation tests may be necessary for people who do not pass. The next step after passing the teacher preparation tests is to take the teacher certification tests. This is a compulsory test to be taken by all aspiring teachers in Texas and the whole of America. Passing these tests allow you to be verified to apply for teaching.
As a certified teacher now you may go ahead and apply for a job. Application for the job should be done only through the state department of education. No applicant will be allowed to apply for any teaching job in Texas if they have not been successfully verified. 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. 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 last step is only taken by the first time teaching job applicants. What happens during this step is fingerprinting. Criminal background check of the aspiring teacher cannot be completed without this fingerprinting.