Some people describe teaching as a noble profession. Others go ahead to say that teaching is a calling. A teacher is ranked among the most important people in any human society. Students and entire societies are molded like the potter does by teachers. 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. Qualifications for one to become a teacher have been set. A person lacking these qualifications is seen to be unfit for classroom teaching. The set standards ensure that the students all over the state get a standard education from qualified personnel. Let us now look at what training and testing you have to go through to become a teacher 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. No person is allowed beyond this point if they lack the university training required.
Having taken the educator preparation test, you are free to move to the next step. People who failed in the preparation tests cannot move to the next test and will be forced to retake the tests. The next step after passing the teacher preparation tests is to take the teacher certification tests. Taking these examinations is compulsory not only in Texas but in 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. 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. This step can be the last one for people applying for the job and have prior teaching experience.
Finally, once you have gone through the above steps and your application is accepted, you may go to the next step. This last step is only taken by the first time teaching job applicants. Fingerprinting of the applicant is this last step. The need for fingerprinting is a part of the teacher background check for any criminal activity.