Teaching Degrees in Texas

Those interested in pursuing a teaching degree in Texas should know some important information, including:

  • The impact of a master’s degree
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Texas teacher certification

Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully- accredited teaching degrees in Texas.

Teaching Degrees in Texas

There are 15 accredited teaching degree programs at colleges and universities in Texas. The starting salary for those with teaching degrees in Texas is $32,868; the average salary is $47,157. Approximately 26 percent of Texas teachers hold a master’s degree and earn $3,390 per year more than their counterparts with bachelor’s degrees.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in Texas

Among the various options for grants and scholarships in Texas include:

Baylor University Scholarships
Baylor University’s School of Education offers scholarships to undergraduate students.

Texas State University: List of College of Education Scholarships
This links to the portal page for Texas State University, including a number of potential options for scholarship-based aid for those seeking teaching degrees in Texas.

Texas Woman’s University
This is the link to the various education-based scholarships available through TWI, including focus-specific scholarships such as music education, special education, bilingual, early child, health and physical education, English, and others.

University of Texas: Undergraduate Scholarship Information
This is the front page for the undergraduate scholarships available to University of Texas students, including education-based degrees.

Texas Teacher Certification

To obtain a teaching license in Texas, there are certain criteria that must be met and completed. Certification requirements include:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of an approved and accredited teacher preparation program
  • Background checks and child abuse clearances
  • Passing scores on the THEA competency exams

Texas offers alternative certification programs (ACPs) that may allow those with non-education degrees to teach while completing the standard requirements. A list of approved programs is available at the Texas Education Agency website.

Texas, like most other states, offers the Troops to Teachers program to aid veterans in pursuing a career in education.

Important Note: Texas accepts some teaching credentials from out of state, though these educators may be accepted or denied on a case-by-case basis and may be required to pass a state-based competency exam. To find out if your credentials are valid in Texas, contact the Department of Education.

Texas’s Professional Teacher license is good for five years, and requires professional development for renewal. Obtaining renewal requires 200 clock hours of professional development to be documented during this period.

Additional Resources about Teaching in Texas

The following resources provide additional information relevant to obtaining a teaching degree in Texas and maintaining this status.

Texas Education Agency
The Texas Education Agency is the state’s administrative unit for educators and schools. It has resources for licensure, renewal, and other policies and procedures.

Texas Workforce Commission
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) oversees and offers resources, tips, and tools for workforce development in Texas.

Texas Classroom Teachers Association
The state’s teacher’s union, which provides many benefits to members including access to liability insurance, attorneys, and cost-saving programs.

Salary Schedule for Texas Teachers
This site presents tables regarding salary data across the state for various academic years, as well as information about mandated pay raises.

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