If you know you want to become a teacher in the state of Texas, start your research by learning the minimum requirements for Texas certification.
Then take a look at university programs that offer certification in your grade level or subject area.
Learn from the experience of Eric from Austin, Texas. He earned his degree in Early Education from the University of Phoenix.
And now he's teaching fourth grade.
Here's what he has to say:
Describe what you liked best about your online learning experience.
I think what I liked best about going to school online was the ability to be able to do it on my own time. I had to work a full-time job in the meantime while I earned my teaching certificate, but I was able to take the classes AND work at the same time.
I also enjoyed the group assignments that were required. Even though I never met fellow students face-to-face, I got to know quite a few interesting people. The University of Phoenix makes learning teams a central requirement, and my experience with these teams was (almost) always positive. I felt like part of a community of soon-to-be teachers.
Describe what you liked least about your online learning experience.
It was kind of pricey, but you get what you pay for. Now I have the certificate and a good job. You are also paying for the flexibility that you are looking for with an online school. It was tough at first to get used to the online mods, but overall it was worth it. And what I spent in money I definitely saved in time and gas.
Has earning this degree helped or hurt your career?
It has helped tremendously. I chose the path that was right for me, the teaching certificate helped land my first job in public schools.
What would you say to others who are thinking of earning their Texas teaching certificate online?
Give it a shot. Especially if you have limited time to commute and you need to keep a full-time job to make ends meet. In the end, it's worth the cost and effort.
Eric - Austin, TX, USA - University of Phoenix - Early Education