Becoming a Classroom Teacher in Texas

There are five requirements to become a certified teacher.

  1. Obtain a Bachelor’s Degree - You must earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Complete an Educator Preparation Program - You must complete an Approved Educator Preparation Program. If you do not hold a degree you must complete a university program. If you hold a degree you may contact an Alternative Certification Program or Post Baccalaureate program .
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  3. Pass Certification Exams - You must pass the appropriate teacher certification exams. Contact your program for exam approval.
  4. Submit a State Application – You must apply to be certified after all requirements are met. Do not apply until you have verified with your program that you are eligible.
  5. Complete Fingerprinting – All first-time applicants must be fingerprinted as part of a national criminal background check.