Looking for an honest Texas Teachers of Tomorrow review?
If so, I’m here to share with you my experience with the program.
As you may know…
Texas Teachers of Tomorrow is an alternative certification program that provides individuals with at least a 4-year degree in non-teaching professions a supportive and smooth pathway to teacher certification.
I think I may be accurate with the fact that you’re thinking of or in the process of transitioning into a teaching career.
And you want to make the right decision regarding which alternative certification program to join.
Whichever alternative certification program you choose, it needs to be a good fit for your learning style and personal life situations.
I’m glad you found this Texas Teachers of Tomorrow review through your research.
After reading one Texas Teachers of Tomorrow review after another online, I decided to fill in the gaps. I add more clarity plus give my personal experience about what the program really entails (at least when I did it).
This post documents my journey with the company.
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Texas Teachers of Tomorrow Review: Program Requirements
To begin with, you must have these requirements before joining the Texas Teachers program:
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- 2.5 GPA or higher
- Official transcripts with date
I had these requirements so I applied directly through the website.
A short while later, an advisor from the company contacted me for a phone interview. In this interview, she explained my specific requirements for the program.
Your advisor will create a personalized schedule based on your chosen certification area.
I chose LOTE (Spanish) K-12 and Bilingual Education EC-6 as my certification areas. My training modules connected to those areas.
My advisor highly recommended that I do the bilingual route because of the great need for teachers in that area. Texas Teachers understands the teaching market. The advisors recommend certification routes not only based on your preferences but also based on current demands.
Texas Teachers of Tomorrow Review: Non U.S Candidates
I’m originally from Honduras. I received my 4-year degree from a country in which English is not the first language.
Because of this, the state of Texas required that I take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as an admission requirement. It is an English proficiency test.
At the time I enrolled in the Texas Teachers program, candidates had to score 26 or higher only in the speaking section of the TOEFL.
Since that time, the TOEFL scoring admission requirements have changed. Check current scoring requirements.
Additionally, an approved evaluation service evaluated my transcript to make sure my foreign credentials met a U.S-based standard.
With my “passing” TOEFL scores in hand along with my evaluated transcripts, I sent in all paperwork to Texas Teachers, paid the enrollment fee and was officially admitted into the program!
Texas Teachers of Tomorrow Review: Online Training Modules
I completed a certain number of online training modules before getting authorization from the program to take my content exams.
You can do the program 100% online or do it half in-person/half online. I chose the 100% online option because at the time, I lived outside of the U.S. In general, the online option fit my needs better.
Speaking of the training modules, quite honestly, they were pretty boring. Think “textbook” style. There was a ton of information to absorb, and it was kind of hard for me to put a lot of the concepts into context considering my limited teaching background.
Thankfully, my many teacher friends regularly reviewed information with me and tried their best to put things in simpler terms.
UPDATE: Texas Teachers modified the modules, making them more engaging and interactive. I’m curious to know current participants’ perspectives about them.
Texas Teachers of Tomorrow Review: Passing the Content Exams
Once I completed a significant number of the online training modules and felt comfortable with what I had learned, Texas Teachers authorized me to take the content exam.
I prepared for the exam by reviewing the state guidelines about my content area, purchasing a book, and accepting tutoring from a teacher friend.
It all paid off because I passed the exam the first time!
If you’re getting certified to teach bilingual, check out these great tips for passing the BTLPT!
After passing your content exams, I became Highly Qualified in my subject area. Texas Teachers sent me a “Letter of Acceptance” with record of my status.
I could now start looking for a job!
Texas Teachers recommended local job fairs to attend. Also, the website’s resources page has resume and interviewing tips.
NOTE: When I was in the program, the PPR wasn’t required until after you started officially teaching. I recommend that you review the Texas Teachers website for current information about this.
Texas Teachers of Tomorrow Review: Field-Based Experiences
The modules include 30 in-person hours of Field-Based Experiences (15 of which can be completed online).
Field-Based Experiences provide you with real-world experience inside a classroom. Texas Teachers helped me locate a school to do my hours since it was the middle of summer with very few choices available.
I am very grateful for that.
NOTE: Texas Teachers may give you credit for previous experiences working in a school with grade school children. So check into that.
Texas Teachers of Tomorrow Review: Applying for Teaching Jobs
I attended recommended job fairs and also applied online to many school districts. After a short while, I received several interview offers.
To land the right position, take into account these practical teaching interview tips! This advice helped me tremendously!
Once I accepted a teaching offer, I contacted my advisor to inform her that I had secured a job. After I submitted requested paperwork, she communicated with my new district’s Human Resources department.
It was as simple as that.
Texas Teachers of Tomorrow Review: My Internship Year
I chose the one-academic year internship route instead of the 14-week clinical teaching option.
With the internship route, you get a full salary and benefits. You work with a probationary certificate.
Like other educators at your school, you are the Teacher of Record and responsible for the classroom you are hired to instruct.
Upon successful completion of the school year, (“successful” includes passing the PPR, paying the balance, and getting approval from your Field Supervisor), you’ll be eligible for the standard certification which is the light at the end of the tunnel!
If you choose the 14-week clinical teaching option, know that it is unpaid. It is, however, a fast-track to certification.
Research thoroughly and speak with your advisor to determine which route best suits your time, budget, and goals.
Texas Teachers of Tomorrow Review: Field Supervisor Experience
From my experience with the internship route option, you will be visited at least three times during your first probationary contract year.
Your Field Supervisor lets you know what information is needed during his or her visits and the process of the visits.
In a nutshell…
These 45-minute observations are designed to see your performance in the classroom. You receive feedback and useful advice about your teaching from your Field Supervisor. Take advantage of this time!
After every visit, you’ll have a short interactive interview with your Field Supervisor. She or he gives a brief summary about your performance. You’ll also get feedback about what you did well and what you can do to improve.
Toward the end of the internship year, your Field Supervisor, along with your school principal, make a final recommendation regarding your approval for the standard certificate. This recommendation comes from their observations of your teaching.
Texas Texas of Tomorrow Review: Duration and Cost
The duration of the program varies a lot. It really depends on one’s time constraints and individual pace.
I know people who’ve completed the program in one or two months and others, like me, who needed more time (due to me living outside the U.S for a period of time during the program while my wife completed her stint teaching abroad in international schools).
Costs of the program increase with time I’m sure, but currently, the entire program costs a little more than $4,500.
I paid a down payment, and once I started teaching, the balance was divided among the months of my teaching contract (during my internship year). The payroll department deducted an amount each month. I want to note that I owed nothing (besides the down payment) until I starting teaching.
Not a bad deal.
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Texas Teachers of Tomorrow Review: My Final Thoughts
Overall, I recommend the Texas Teachers of Tomorrow alternative certification program. It provides flexibility and support from beginning to end.
The 100% online option gave me flexibility in accommodating my daily routine while completing the program. I loved that!
Also very important is that I found a teaching job within a short period to time!
I am very grateful to Texas Teachers.