Technology is a fast-growing field as computers and other technological advancements make daily impacts in our lives. If you'd like to help introduce the next generation to technology and the creation of it, the following steps will teach you how to become a technology teacher in Texas.
Requirements for Technology Teachers in Texas
|Average Salary for All Other Teachers in Texas (2019)*||$36,140|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's Degree|
|Required Field||Technology or Computer Design or Engineering|
|Testing Requirements||TExES Technology Education 6-12 (171) or TExES Technology Application EC-12 (242)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Complete Education Requirements
In Texas, prospective teachers must hold a bachelor's degree in the subject they would like to teach. With technology teachers, there is a wide selection of subjects that can be integrated into a technology education. Technology can include anything from construction and building to web design or digital art. In a way, it is nearly any subject that is cutting edge and eventually provides a service. With this in mind, there are two different technology teacher endorsements available in Texas and, depending which you would like to be endorsed in, will influence what you should study. For the technology education endorsement, you'll want to study its use in communication, manufacturing, transportation, and even biotechnology. Interested in the technology applications endorsement? Computer programming, digital art and communications, game design, and web design are more likely to help you.
Step 2: Complete the Education Preparation Program
The most important part of your education will be the education preparation program (EPP) that will ready you for the endorsement exam and teaching in the classroom. Many schools offer graduate-level certificates in technology education. These programs are typically about 12-18 months long. These programs are necessary for prospective Texas teachers. Along with teaching you the essentials for teaching, like classroom management and pedagogical practices, you'll spend time in real classrooms.
Step 3: Complete TExES Exam
As mentioned before, there are two different technology endorsements for technology teachers. Depending on which you'd like to teach, you will take a different exam. You may prefer, however, to take both to be fully endorsed in technology.
The first exam is the TExES Technology Education 6-12 (171) exam. This is what most schools have considered the traditional technology subjects for decades. This exam covers six domains of study: the fundamentals of technology, communication, manufacturing, construction, energy/power/transportation, and biotechnology/computer technology. You must answer 100 multiple-choice questions in 300 minutes or less.
The next exam that you can take looks at multimedia, digital art/animation, web design, and technology applications. This exam, the TExEs Technology Application EC-12 (242), also must be completed in a 5-hour timeframe and has 100 questions. Both of these exams are computer delivered, and the fee for each exam is $131.
Step 4: Be Fingerprinted
The final step to your application is to have a background check completed. You will need to create an account with ECOS, the Educator Certification Online System. It is $39 for the background check and $10 for the fingerprinting with a local MorphoTrust location. This is a common practice with many states, so this should be considered just another average step to certification, not a reflection on you as a person.
Texas Technology Teacher Certification Resources
Technology teachers can expect to spend a lot of time around computers. That's why it makes sense to use the following link to access online sources to help you prepare for any TExES you may take.
- Prepare for the TExES Exam