WHY BECOME A TEACHER?

Education impacts employment, income, social status and well-being.

Education is the movement from darkness to light.

– ALLAN BLOOM

Education is one of the most important career paths one can take.

Are you ready to make an impact?

Steps to Becoming a Teacher »

A recent study found that students taught by teachers highly qualified in their subject areas are more likely to graduate from college. Quality teachers impact student outcomes, and ultimately shape our society.

Read the Top 10 Effects Education Has on Society. »

What traits do effective teachers share?

Formal teacher-preparation training

Caring, fair and respectful of all

High expectations for themselves and their students

The Correlation: Impact of Educators

Educators impact their community in ways you might not expect. Read more below.

Teachers Shape our Democracy

Teachers influence and help shape our democracy.

Democratic Values

“Students develop improved civic attitudes toward democratic participation, civic behaviors such as participating in community activities, and intentions to participate in civic activities resulting from diverse learning experiences.”

Teachers Assist in Healthy Living

Teachers help others live longer and healthier.

Healthcare & Wellbeing

Teachers help students and others live longer and healthier lives.

“Americans with more education live longer, healthier lives than those with fewer years of schooling.”

Teachers Help In and Out of the Classroom

Teachers help students not only in the classroom, but in life!

Long-Term Outcomes

Teachers help students in the classroom and in life!

“Teachers are more than educational-outcome machines — they are leaders who can guide students toward a purposeful adulthood.”

Teachers Help Develop Social Skills

Teachers help students develop crucial social-emotional skills.

Scholastic Performance

“Teachers who help students improve noncognitive skills such as self-regulation raise their grades and likelihood of graduating from high school more than teachers who help them improve their standardized test scores do.”

Teachers Help with College

Teachers play an crucial role in helping students attend college.

College Career

“Having a better teacher for a single grade increases by 0.5 percentage points a student’s probability of attending college by age 20. The institutions attended are also of higher quality as measured by the earnings of previous graduates.”

Teachers Provide Perspective

Teachers build bridges that help students understand their world.

Identity & Perspective

“One of the most significant roles a teacher can have is being a bridge, that is, connecting students’ worlds of home and school in meaningful and constructive ways.”

Diverse Teachers Attract Diversity

Leaders of color attract & retain diverse teacher populations.

Equity & Diversity

“School leaders of color have their own unique influence on hiring and staffing decisions, often resulting in greater attraction and retention among teachers of color.”

Female Teachers Attract Female Students

Female math and science teachers influence female students.

Role Models

“The studies suggest that if there were more female math and science teachers in middle and high school, more girls would study these subjects in college.”

Just the Facts: Teaching in Texas

Core academic teachers are teaching on emergency, non-renewable or temporary teaching certifications.

Teachers in Texas are not fully certified for the position in which they were working.

Teachers are teaching on a probationary certification while enrolled in an alternative certification program.

Why teach in Texas?

Texas is a large and diverse state, providing unique opportunities to teach among many cultures, languages, and backgrounds. From large urban cities, like Dallas and Houston, to small towns and rural areas, we need great teachers who represent the many backgrounds and experiences of the state’s students.

What's it like to be a teacher?

A career in teaching offers a secure future. As Texas continues to grow and change, more teachers are needed who represent the state’s diversity. Certified teachers in bilingual, English as a second language, STEM, and special education are in highest demand. The profession is always changing as teachers continue to refine their craft, incorporate technology in new and innovative ways, and explore further development as a life-long learner. Teachers serve their community by shaping the future in a fast-paced, rewarding environment.

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