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Your Internship Year

professional support

Your Field Supervisor

Texas Teachers will provide you with a Field Supervisor to support you in the classroom. Field Supervisors are experienced educators and administrators who will offer strategies and guidance to help you succeed in the classroom.

You receive a Field Supervisor once you are hired in the classroom. They will contact you to set up your first meeting and periodically visit your classroom to observe your teaching. You can rely on them for advice on how to handle all the aspects of being a teacher and work with them to improve your instructional skills.

We believe that providing you with consistent and positive support is one of the most important resources we offer. Texas Teachers and our Field Supervisors are there to help you in every way possible.

Principal Recommendation

At the end of your internship year, your Field Supervisor and supervising campus administrator will submit a recommendation for your standard certificate. Texas Teachers will handle this step for you, no action is required on your part, though it is a necessary step to receiving your Standard Certification.

The Final State "Teaching Exam"

During your internship year, you will be required to take one final state exam, the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities exam (the ‘PPR’). All teachers in the state of Texas must pass this exam in order to become fully certified and receive their standard certificate.

Districts prefer you to have passed this test within your first semester for contract renewals. Putting off this exam could jeopardize your employment for the following school year. We recommend completing the online review within the first 3-4 months of teaching to ensure you stay on schedule.

This exam does not test you on knowledge in a particular content area, but rather addresses the theory of various aspects of teaching and what a first year teacher should know.

You will take this exam once you have been hired and are teaching on the intern certificate.

We recommend taking the PPR exam on computer (CAT method) to avoid any scheduling issues and delays with the paper based method.

To assist you in preparing for this exam, Texas Teachers provides a comprehensive online review. You will have access to this review through your intern portal once you begin teaching. After you complete the online test review and pass the included practice exam, you will automatically be approved to take the PPR test (version # 160).

Districts prefer you to have passed this test within your first semester for contract renewals. Putting off this exam could jeopardize your employment for the following school year. We recommend completing the online review within the first 3-4 months of teaching to ensure you stay on schedule.

We strongly suggest that you use at least one other study resource to prepare for the exam. We’ve compiled a list of private test prep companies that offer additional study support. Texas Teachers occasionally holds face-to-face review sessions for the PPR throughout the school year. We bring in professionals from proven private test prep companies at no additional cost to you; be sure to take advantage of these free and useful study opportunities.

Texas Teachers will work with you to ensure that you are successful in passing this exam.

 

Ethics & Academic Integrity

At Texas Teacher we are proud of the personal commitment and relationship we have with each of our candidates and inters. Our relationship with you is founded on the basic principals of mutual respect, accountability and responsibility. As a teacher in the state of Texas, you are bound by the Educator’s Code of Ethics and Standards under Texas Administrative Code Title 19, Part 7, Chapter 247. As stated within, “the Texas educator, in maintaining the dignity of the profession, shall respect and obey the law, demonstrate personal integrity, and exemplify honesty.”

Click below to read more on the state’s Statement of Academic Integrity and the Educator’s Code of Ethics.

Ethics & Integrity
internship projects

Applied Teaching & Learning

An additional requirement to achieve your full teaching certification includes four skill-based projects that you will submit to Texas Teachers. These projects encompass the learning objectives of a specific group of courses and are authentic assessments of the skills teachers must exhibit to be proficient in their field.

Click below to learn more about each project.

Skill-Based Projects
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Texas Teachers Exempt Countries

Texas Teachers currently recognizes these SBEC-approved countries:
  • American Samoa
  • Angulia
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Austrailia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Dominica
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grand Cayman
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • Nigeria
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Trinidata/ Tobago
  • Turks and Calcos
  • United Kingdom
  • US Pacific Trust