Early Childhood Education (Preschool) in Texas

Gaining Initial Certification

While certification for early childhood education (preschool), elementary school, high school and special education run through a similar process, early childhood education has some specific requirements:
  1. You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university to be certified in early childhood education.
    Every potential preschool teacher must have an academic major, most likely early childhood education or early childhood development. Additionally, teacher training courses must be taken as a part of the program.
  2. You must also complete teacher training through an approved program in the state of Texas. These programs are offered through various colleges and universities, school districts, regional service centers, community colleges, and other entities. Additionally some also offered online, make sure to check this website to see if a Texas online certification course is offered here. They must be approved by the Texas Education Agency.
  3. You must successfully complete the appropriate teacher certification tests for the subject and grade level specific to early childhood education. These tests, also known as the TExES tests are available in a variety of subjects, including preschool and early childhood education. There are also specific subjects that allow a preschool teacher to specialize in specific areas like English as a second language, health, music, art, physical education and social studies.
Additionally, if a teacher already holds the proper classroom certification and a Bachelor’s degree, they can add classroom certification in additional areas by taking the proper test for that subject area. However, certification by examination is not available for:
  • Initial certification
  • Career and technology certification based on skill and work experience
  • A class of certificate other than classroom teacher (e.g. School Counselor, Principal, Superintendent, Learning Resources/School Librarian, Educational Diagnostician)
  • A certificate for which no certification examination has been developed

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