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How to Become Accredited to Teach GED in Texas

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Texas has specific conditions that must be met to become accredited to teach General Educational Development (GED) preparatory courses. Prospective GED teachers must meet all the qualifications to teach in Texas, including legal requirements regarding minimum age and criminal background. You must also meet educational and certification prerequisites to teach GED courses in Texas.

Meet the legal requirements to teach in Texas. You must be at least 18-years-old and understand and speak English well enough to communicate readily in conversation and teaching. Prospective Texas teachers must not be the subject of pending disciplinary proceedings regarding the Educator's Code of Ethics and must also be free of teaching-related misdemeanor and felony convictions.

Earn a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. In Texas, instructors who teach preparatory classes for the General Educational Development (GED) test require at least a bachelor's degree. An accredited program generally requires four to five years of full-time academic coursework.

Complete teacher training through an approved program. To teach in Texas, you must have specialized education and training. Teaching certification can be either part of a traditional degree program or an alternative educator preparation program, which offer accelerated routes to teaching. Colleges and universities, community colleges, regional education service centers, school districts and other entities offer teacher preparatory programs.

Pass the required certification tests. Texas teacher examinations all contain multiple-choice items, though some also include open-ended response items. Tests are administered at Educational Testing Service centers throughout Texas. Some centers are equipped to offer computer-administered tests in addition to paper-based tests.

Apply for a Texas teaching certification. After you pass your required tests, you must apply for certification through the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), the Texas agency responsible for educator training, assessment, certification and discipline. Include your fingerprint record with your application.

About the Author

Based in Houston, Jennifer Neel has been writing education-related articles since 2010. She is a Texas-certified mathematics teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and marketing from the University of Houston and is pursuing a Master of Education in instructional leadership from American Public University.

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