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THE ABCs OF TEACHING

Preparing the Minds of Tomorrow's Workforce

The majority of teachers work in the public-school system teaching kindergarten through 12th graders. The remainder work in private or charter schools. There is a general shortage of teachers at all levels and across all subjects. Improving the quantity and quality of teaching begins with one individual choosing to join the education effort at a time. Shortages are most critical in STEM-specific disciplines but  exist in general education. The Gulf Coast Region faces a growing need to increase the number of residents pursuing teaching careers.

THE ABCs OF TEACHING When Your Job is Preparing the Minds of Tomorrow's Workforce  The majority of teachers work in the public school education system teaching grades kindergarten through 12. The remainder work in private or charter schools which may serve special needs or gifted children. There is a general shortage of teachers at all levels and across all subjects. Shortages are most critical in specific academic disciplines such as math, science and engineering. The Gulf Coast Region faces a growing need to increase the number of learners pursuing teaching careers.  Why there's a shortage:      The Gulf Coast Region's population growth rate is nearly three times that of the nation     The existing workforce is approaching retirement age     New courses are being introduced by the State of TexasWhy consider teaching as a career?     You can make a tangible and meaningful difference in the world• Job security• Steady paychecks and solid benefits     Vacation time with summers off•Many districts are offering signing bonuses and higher salaries to attract teachers   Why consider teaching as a career?      You can make a tangible and meaningful difference in the world     Job security     Steady paychecks and solid benefits     Vacation time with summers off     Many districts are offering signing bonuses and higher salaries to attract teachersWhy there's a shortage:

  • The Gulf Coast Region's population growth rate is nearly three times that of the nation
  • The existing workforce is approaching retirement age
  • New courses are being introduced by the state of Texas

Why consider teaching as a career?

  • Make a meaningful impact on young people
  • In-demand nearly everywhere
  • Steady above-average pay and solid benefits
  • Signing bonuses and high starting salaries offered to attract teachers


Each year, the region will need over 3,000 more teachers and is expected to reach over 90,000 teachers by 2024

 

          Each year, the region will need over 3,000 more teachers and is expected to reach over 90,000 teachers by 2024              Each year, the region will need over 3,000 more teachers and is expected to reach over 90,000 teachers by 2024

Depending on school district and grade taught, teachers in the Gulf Coast start out at around $48,000 a year and can earn up to $65,000 or even more with experience.

K-12 Teachers Wages


Kindergarten & Elementary Education make up almost 50% of the teaching workforce we need by 2024

Kindergarten & Elementary Education make up almost 50% of the teaching workforce we need by 2024 with Middle and High School each making up about 1/4


You can start your career path early by choosing a Public Service endorsement in high school.

The basic requirements for becoming a teacher in Texas are:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university

  • Completion of teacher training through an approved program

  • Successful completion of the appropriate teacher certification tests for the subject and grade level you wish to teach

 

Other certifications are available to certify teachers' qualifications for specific age ranges and subject matters that they can teach. Look into these and if an employer requires them.



THE PAY IS GOOD!

Teacher

2015 Median Annual Wage

Kindergarten Teachers

 $ 56,957

Elementary School Teachers

 $ 58,267

Middle School Teachers

 $ 58,425

Secondary School Teachers

 $ 58,526


**Additional information can be obtained at the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

**The Texas Education Agency (TEA) also provides significant amount of additional information about numerous topics of interest to current and future teachers.


Alternative Certification Programs

Alternative certification programs are attractive to individuals that may not have initially made teaching a career choice. Many school districts offer alternative certification programs. Persons that currently possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university interested in a teaching career should contact individual school districts for details.

ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS  Alternative certification programs are attractive to individuals that may not have initially made teaching a career choice. Many school districts offer alternative certification programs. Persons that currently possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university interested in a teaching career should contact individual school districts for details.  UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES ON THE HORIZON FOR VIRTUAL TEACHERS!  Te Texas Education Agency is working to establish and administer a state virtual school network  (Texas Virtual School Network or TxVSN) to provide education to students through electronic  means. Te agency is currently taking the first steps to create the network and the Harris County  Department of Education has been awarded a contract to administer the project’s central opera- tions. Courses offered through the network will be made available by provider schools to Grades  9-12 students initially, and to all elementary and secondary school grades over time

 


Gulf Coast Region Educator Preparation Programs

Gulf Coast Region Educator Preparation Programs  The State Board for Educator Certification has approved the educator preparation programs as part of the undergraduate degree programs offered at the area universities listed below. For more information about these university-based programs as well as post-baccalaureate and alternative/accelerated programs, visit Educator Certification Online System (ECOS). The State Board for Educator Certification has approved the educator preparation programs as part of the undergraduate degree programs offered at the area universities listed below. For more information about these university-based programs as well as post-baccalaureate and alternative/accelerated programs, visit Educator Certification Online System (ECOS).

Universities

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Gulf Coast Region

 Major Charter Schools
 in the Gulf Coast Region

 

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*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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