The First 5 Steps to Teacherdom
Some para-educators consider earning their teaching certificates to be
the next logical career move. For others, it’s the realization of a
dream put on hold by financial obstacles, family or other
circumstances. Still others decide to teach because they want to give
back to their communities in a new way, share their love of learning
or gain recognition (and more pay) for their classroom experience. If
you’re among these para-educators, take these steps to reach the head
of the class.
the requirements and procedures for making the transition to teaching
in Texas. Contact the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) at
(888) 863-5880, or visit
LEARN what to look for in a good
teacher preparation program for para-educators: tuition assistance;
flexible scheduling to allow you to continue working; availability of
experienced mentors; college credit for life experience or previous
training and course work; academic advising; and quality supervision.
EXPLORE the teacher preparation
programs available, and find the program that’s best for you. Visit
www.sbec.state.tx.us for a list of programs SBEC has approved for
individuals who hold bachelor’s degrees and for those who must earn
their degrees while seeking certification. Programs are offered by
many colleges and universities, regional education service centers and
SEEK financial aid opportunities.
Your first stop should be the financial aid office of the institution
to which you are applying. Also visit
www.sbec.state.tx.us for links to several other sources, including
a state tuition-exemption program for educational aides who wish to
become teachers. Federal aid is another available option. Learn more
http://studentaid.ed.gov/ or calling (800) 4-FED-AID. Also find
out if your current employer can help. Does your school or district
offer tuition assistance or scholarships for para-educators interested
in becoming teachers?
Texas Salary Schedule
Source: Recruiting New Teachers Inc.