To teach in a Texas public school, you must have a teaching certification. To obtain one, prospective teachers must pass an examination testing their professional knowledge and expertise in their specialize subject area. In you're interested in teaching in Texas, you have several options or routes to satisfy the state's certification requirements.

University-based Programs

The most common way to meet state-mandated education requirements is through a four-year college or university degree in education. If you have a degree in another major, colleges and universities offer programs that let you earn credits for teacher certification.

Alternative Programs

The Texas State Board for Educator Certification allows some institutions of higher learning and some larger school districts to offer alternative avenues to teacher certification. These programs are available for those with degrees in non-education majors from an accredited college or university. They prepare both prospective teachers and administrators through education-related coursework or professional training, including working in an actual classroom. Alternative programs offer supervision and mentoring.

Additional Certification Based on Examination

If you want to add subject areas to your certification, you can do it by taking the relevant examination. Only classroom teachers with a degree and a teaching certification can take the exam for additional certification. It does not apply to other education positions like administrator or librarian.

Certification Based on Credentials from Outside Texas

If you are certified to teach in another state or territory of the United States, you may apply for a Texas teacher certification. Your credentials, however, must be at least equal to those Texas requires, and your certification must be in good standing. If you meet these requirements, Texas may issue you a non-renewable, temporary one-year certification. During that year, you must complete all examinations or request an exemption.