Texas Teachers is EXPENSIVE. It costs hundreds of dollars just to get enrolled and get started in the program. Then you pay your own registration fees for content and pedagogy exams. Then Texas Teachers takes 10% of your first year’s salary. FOR WHAT? What are they using this money for? To be perfectly honest, I have to call 6 to 7 times and wait on hold for five minutes each time before I can get someone to pick up the phone. I have tried leaving messages in the past. They do not call back. The “training” modules and projects are redundant and worthless. I am paying thousands of dollars for this?
Texas Teachers is OUTDATED. After my first year of teaching on a probationary certificate earned through the Texas Teachers program, I would estimate that around 80% of the information provided in the training courses are outdated, idealized, or otherwise completely inapplicable. I teach at a lower-income high school. Discipline issues and a total lack of student motivation are the issues I find myself dealing with every day that I go to work. Texas Teachers training material routinely focuses on idealistic teaching strategies, learning styles and classroom environments.
An example of their suggested lesson plan includes bell work, a warm-up, a focus activity, an introduction, a fun and active learning activity, a group discussion, and an exit ticket. During the 48 minutes that I spend in each class period with my students, I am lucky if I get to teach a 30 minute lesson with at least half of the class paying any attention at all.
Texas Teachers is BROKEN. It is idealized and overpriced. They do not support the people in their program. They do not prepare anyone to manage an actual classroom. We need to stop acting like this is 1957 when students still respect teachers just because teachers are adults and come up with a better way to teach today’s children.
The only part of the training material that I found applicable in my first year was some material on student mental health issues and ethical issues. Those are real. But that’s it. DO NOT choose Texas Teachers as your certification program if you have a choice. I don’t know what other programs are better, but they can’t be worse than this.