Texas Teacher Pathway

Step 1

Decide what you want to teach!

Academic Programs Become a Teacher

Step 2

See an advisor to determine your degree plan and class schedules.

SAM Center

Step 3

Prepare for admission to the Educator Preparation Program. Know the requirements and work toward them!

Admission Requirements

Step 4

Create a TEAL account with the Texas Education Agency

TEAL Website

Step 5

Prepare for certification testing. All Teacher Candidates must pass the required TExES exam(s) fo their content area prior to their student teaching or final yearlong residency semester. This includes the Science of Teaching and Reading (STR) test for PK-3, EC-6, 4-8 Core and 4-8 ELAR teacher candidates.
Candidates must take the benchmarks appropriate for their discipline throughout the program. Once a teacher candidate makes an 80% or higher on the content exam benchmark, approval will be given by the content department to take the actual TExES exam.
Teacher Candidates should send the score report with a score of 80% or better to EDU_EdPrep@shsu.edu for TExES Testing approval.

Step 6

Once you have completed your core coursework and are admitted to the Educator Preparation Program, you will engage in field experiences in P-12 classrooms.

Field Experience

Step 7

Pass the state Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam.

Step 8


Step 9

Apply for your Standard Teacher Certification at the Texas Education Agency (in TEAL).