To become a fully certified teacher in a public school, you need to graduate from an approved teacher preparation program (TPP). TPPs arm you with the skills and knowledge to teach in your chosen grade and subject. Not all TPPs are the same, though.
Let’s break it down and find the right next step for you, whether it's working with students in a volunteer or paid role or choosing a prep program.
How to Pick a TPP
4 Ways to Complete Your Teacher Training
Not All Programs Offer Everything
Double-check that your program:
- Is approved in Texas.
- Offers a credential in the grade and subject you want to teach. (Check out Getting Certified to search for yours.)
- (Optional) Is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Find and Compare Programs
Ready to explore some TPPs? Check out the partner teacher preparation programs in Dallas-Fort Worth to find a program that fits your preferences.
Need help thinking through your options? Get free advice with Talk to a Teacher. Chat with an expert to talk more about your choices for teacher prep.
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