Becoming a Teacher in Texas

Explore Program, Licensing and Job Outlook Data for 2016

Guide to Becoming a Teacher in Texas

For aspiring Texas teachers, ToBecomeATeacher.org has compiled all the information and insights required to make informed decisions about the future.  To begin, there are three critical steps:

1. Choosing a Program: First, you will need to find an education program that supports your budget and your career goals.

  • ToBecomeATeacher.org appreciates just how difficult it can be to find a program that fits your needs and budget. The first step, however, is to ask the right questions along the way. What matters to you most as a student? What specializations do you wish to pursue? Is cost a major consideration? What about the program’s graduation rate or history of job placement for graduates? Asking the right questions and doing ample research upfront will help you find a program that meets your needs.

2. Planning for Licensure in Texas: To become a teacher in Texas, you’ll need to complete at least a bachelor’s degree and a teacher preparation program. You will also need to write and pass the state’s required teacher licensure exams.

3. Entering the Workforce: Once you’ve completed an education program and passed the applicable exams, you will be ready to launch your job search and find a teaching job that is right for you.

  • Once again, this is a moment when asking the right questions counts. Are you interested in working in an urban or rural school district? What are your salary and lifestyle expectations? What are your long-term career goals? Throughout the process, it is also important to continue developing your resume, expanding your education by seizing available professional development opportunities and networking with local educators. Let other educators know that you’re available and looking for openings in local schools.

Choosing an Education Program in Texas

ToBecomeATeacher.org appreciates that choosing the right teacher licensure program can be a major challenge. To assist you with this task, we have streamlined the process. Using a complex algorithmic tool developed to respond to the specific needs of aspiring teachers, we have reviewed, tested and documented the top education programs available in Texas. Our testing criteria include several specific elements that will permit a student to determine which school is the best fit for their path, including total expense, student-to-faculty ratios, graduation rates, potential earnings, return on investment and much more.

Every school ToBecomeATeacher.org lists below is committed to the pursuit of excellence and has shown exemplary dedication to education of the highest caliber. These programs comprise Texas’s very best. Find out which ones stand above the rest by reviewing the information posted below.

Texas A & M International University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 21 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 23272
  • Acceptance rate 47.85 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 38091
  • Graduation Rate 41.02 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 14671.5

Sam Houston State University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 24 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 28088
  • Acceptance rate 64.99 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 38091
  • Graduation Rate 49.53 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 22224

Midwestern State University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 17 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 30660
  • Acceptance rate 71.78 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 38091
  • Graduation Rate 42.24 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 23000

Huston-Tillotson University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 13 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 53976
  • Acceptance rate 45.89 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 38091
  • Graduation Rate 25.4 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 0

The University of Texas at El Paso

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 21 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 28236
  • Acceptance rate 99.81 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 38091
  • Graduation Rate 38.56 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 18250

The University of Texas at San Antonio

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 23 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 29828
  • Acceptance rate 73.27 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 38091
  • Graduation Rate 29.17 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 23723

Dallas Baptist University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 14 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 89400
  • Acceptance rate 42.3 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 38091
  • Graduation Rate 54.79 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 23430

Wayland Baptist University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 11 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 50200
  • Acceptance rate 98.62 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 38091
  • Graduation Rate 34.5 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 18750

Hardin-Simmons University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 12 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 93840
  • Acceptance rate 37.59 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 38091
  • Graduation Rate 49.25 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 27000

Dallas Christian College

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 12 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 58752
  • Acceptance rate 55.16 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 38091
  • Graduation Rate 27.47 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 0
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Ranking Factors Explained

Our ranking data is based upon Collegescorecard.gov, IPEDS, and the Carnegie Foundation data sets.

How to Become a Teacher in Texas

Texas offers many different pathways to teacher licensure, including the following common routes:

  • Pathway 1: For current undergraduates, there is the option of completing a bachelor’s degree in education, the state’s field experience requirements and writing and passing the state’s required teacher licensure exams–the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) assessments.
  • Pathway 2: For candidates who already hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, there is the option of completing post-baccalaureate program in education and the state’s applicable teacher licensure exam.
  • Pathway 3: Another option for candidates who already hold bachelor’s degree is to complete a master’s degree in education leading to teacher licensure and the state’s applicable teacher licensure exams–in this case the Texas Examinations for Master Teachers (TExMaT) assessments.
  • Pathway 4: Texas also offers several alternative certification programs that enable qualified candidates to teach on a probationary license while completing all the other requirements needed to obtain a standard license.

What is the job outlook for teaching careers in the State of Texas?

Along with many other southern states, Texas is expected to add more teaching positions over the coming decade, especially in its rapidly growing urban areas. In 2014 to 2015, the Texas Education Agency reported teacher shortages in many core subjects, including math and science. Houston, Austin and San Antonio are currently among the most rapidly growing cities in the United States and as a result, these urban areas are expected to experience an especially high demand for qualified teachers in the coming years. In addition, unlike some states where there is widespread concern that the state is graduating more teachers than needed, recent reports suggest that Texas is only graduating half of the teachers needed to fill its classrooms.

What resources do teachers have to help them during their careers in Texas?

What online programs are available to potential teachers in the State of Texas?

If some states have been reluctant to accredit online teacher licensing programs, Texas has been more than open to the idea and given the size and demand for teachers statewide, this is no surprise. While some of these programs, such as Texas A & M University’s Accelerate Online program, are offered through a Texas college or university, others such as Texas Teachers Alternative Certification and the Texas Institute for Teacher Education, are offered by accredited third-parties.

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