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Teaching Certification in Texas

Hello.  I'm looking to teach choir in the Dallas area after I graduate with my Master's in Choral Conducting.  I'm trying to get certified to teach in the state of Texas.  My Bachelor's was a B.A. so I don't have an education degree.  I have obtained certification in Mississippi though.  Any tips on the best way to go about Texas certification?
on March 12, 2013 6:52am
Here are two websites, the first deals with certification from teachers in other states, the second is the UIL sebsite.  Many, many out of state (Texas) teachers gothrough difficult first years becuase they do not know the unique requirments of the UIL, or the PML.  Hopefully, these two sites may assist.
on April 21, 2013 1:05pm
Thank you very much!  I've learned that I can get a 1-year probationary certificate while I obtain Texas certification.  It's pretty pricey though and there's a decent number of hoops to jump through.  If I'm applying to jobs in Texas, should I go ahead and fork over the money (estimated $200+) and time and get my 1 year certificate or should I wait until there's a greater possiblity of finding a job there?
on April 22, 2013 9:28am
It is VERY difficult right now to get hired in Texas with  alternate certification. My husband is trying to change careers into education and even though he has a master's and bachelor's degree in another discipline, his alternative certificate has gotten him NOWHERE.  He subs at several schools whose principals tell him they'd love to hire him, but their district discourages hiring the alternatively certified. Proceed with caution - I hope your experience is better than his has been.
MAry Jane Phillips
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