How to Become a Teacher in Texas

Texas is home to 4.7 million students who come from diverse backgrounds and have a wide range of needs. To meet the needs of Texas’ diverse student population, 50% of which is Hispanic, the Lone Star State employs more than 320,000 teachers and an additional 70,000 professional staff members, according to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Before you can join the ranks of Texas’ teachers, you will need to meet the state’s educational and certification requirements. Read on to see what you need to do to become a Texas certified teacher.

Education Requirements

The Texas Education Agency licenses teachers in the state. To become a certified teacher in Texas, applicants must earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, complete an approved educator preparation program, and pass the appropriate teacher certification exams.

Texas Teaching Certification

There are five basic requirements for becoming certified to teach in Texas: hold a bachelor’s degree, complete an educator preparation program, pass the appropriate certification exams, complete the application process, and be fingerprinted as part of a criminal background check. Standard certificates must be renewed every five years.

Required Tests

No basic skills tests are required in Texas, though some education preparation programs may require the Texas Higher Education Assessment exam for admission. Certain TExES Tests are required based on the area in which a candidate is seeking certification. Consult the TEA website for information.

State Certification Reciprocity

Out-of-state teachers wishing to become certified in Texas are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If their certification is accepted, they will receive a one-year certificate and must complete the appropriate Texas tests during the year after issuance. Applicants from Arizona, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, and Oklahoma who have completed tests in those states may be exempt from taking Texas exams.

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Abilene Christian University

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1600 Campus Court
Abilene, TX 79699
(325) 674-2000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Angelina College

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3500 South First
Lufkin, TX 75902-1768
(936) 639-1301

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Austin College

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900 N Grand Ave
Sherman, TX 75090-4400
(903) 813-2000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Austin Community College District

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5930 Middle Fiskville Rd
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 223-7000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Baylor University

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500 Speight Ave.
Waco, TX 76798
(254) 710-1011

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Coastal Bend College

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3800 Charco Rd
Beeville, TX 78102
(361) 354-2200

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Dallas Baptist University

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3000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, TX 75211-9299
(214) 333-7100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Dallas Christian College

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2700 Christian Pkwy.
Dallas, TX 75234-7299
(972) 241-3371

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

Del Mar College

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101 Baldwin Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78404-3897
(361) 698-1255

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

East Texas Baptist University

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One Tiger Drive
Marshall, TX 75670-1498
(903) 935-7963

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Exposito School of Hair Design

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3710 Mockingbird
Amarillo, TX 79109-3208
(806) 355-9111 Ext: 2

Type of School:

  • Private for-profit
  • less-than 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Certificate

Hardin-Simmons University

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2200 Hickory
Abilene, TX 79698-0001
(325) 670-1000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Houston Baptist University

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7502 Fondren Rd
Houston, TX 77074-3298
(281) 649-3000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Howard Payne University

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1000 Fisk St.
Brownwood, TX 76801-2794
(325) 646-2502

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Jarvis Christian College

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PR 7631,Hwy 80 E
Hawkins, TX 75765-1470
(903) 730-4890

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Kilgore College

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1100 Broadway
Kilgore, TX 75662-3299
(903) 984-8531

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

LeTourneau University

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2100 S Mobberly Ave
Longview, TX 75607-7001
(903) 233-3000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Lubbock Christian University

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5601 19th Street
Lubbock, TX 79407-2099
(806) 796-8800

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

McMurry University

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S 14th and Sayles Blvd
Abilene, TX 79697
(325) 793-3800

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Midwestern State University

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3410 Taft Blvd
Wichita Falls, TX 76308-2099
(940) 397-4000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
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