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Required Notifications

What do I need to know before I become an educator?[1]

1.  The laws of supply and demand affect your ability to work as a teacher.

a.  Texas has many teachers with general content knowledge who can fill classrooms in the elementary grades.

  i.  Your chances of working as a generalist in the elementary grades are lower than for some other areas of content expertise.

b.  Texas has shortages of some kinds of teachers.

  i.  Perennially shortage areas are higher-level math and science, special education, languages other than English, Bilingual/English as a Second Language, Computer Science, and Career and Technical Education. Your chances of working in these areas are higher than for some other areas of content expertise.

c.  Consult the Educator Reports and Data section of the Texas Education Agency website for more information about teacher supply and demand.

2.  The University of Texas at San Antonio has a good educator preparation program.

a.  In 2014, UTSA produced 448 teachers, second only to Texas State University in this area.

b.  In 2015, 351 new teachers from UTSA were employed. 81% were employed in this area.

c.  In 2015, 79.6% of teachers who began teaching in 2011 were still in public schools.

  i.  This is higher than the average for the state, for public universities, private universities, or alternative certification programs.[2]

d.  In 2015, 96% of newly certified teachers from UTSA reported they were well prepared.

e.  More information about UTSA and other educator preparation programs is available on the Consumer Information and Program Provider Resources pages of the TEA website, and the Center for Research, Evaluation, and Advancement of Teacher Education.

[1] Information required by Texas Administrative Code Chapter 227.1(c)(3)

[2] Items a, b, and c from PACE 2015: Performance Analysis for Colleges of Education. Center for Research, Evaluation and Advancement of Teacher Education. Institute for Educational Policy Research and Evaluation, Houston, TX (No date).