Why is ‘Pa Teacher Certification’ so popular in Texas?
More than 50% of the teachers in Texas are credentialed to teach at least part-time, according to data from the Texas Education Agency.
But there’s no one definition for what that means.
Many schools are required to have a teacher credential in order to qualify for teacher certification.
And there’s debate about what constitutes full-time or part-timers, who may or may not qualify.
There are also multiple definitions of what constitutes a full- or part time teacher.
And the rules vary widely.
The American Educational Research Association (EARA) lists four types of teachers that fall into each of those categories: teachers who work part- or full-day in the classroom, who teach more than five hours per week, who work with students in groups of four, and who do a majority of their work in a classroom.
The definition is not the same across the country.
“I’m not sure if there’s a national standard for teachers, because there’s such a large difference,” said Chris Laughlin, a professor at the University of Southern California’s department of education and a member of the APA’s Teacher Certification Committee.
“If I’m teaching in a small town in Florida, it’s the same teacher.
But in a larger city like Houston, it may be different.
And I think that’s a problem.”
Laughlin also noted that there are no federal guidelines about when a teacher can begin working full- time, and that many states have their own standards.
The National Association of School Administrators (NASSA) lists more than 30 standards for full- and part- time teachers, but does not include a national certification threshold.
But it does have a common definition: “The teacher must be at least 25 years old.
There must be no more than two semesters of full-/part-time teaching experience.”
That is, a teacher who works in the district must have worked at least two semester of full and part time teaching experience within the last two years.
For a teacher to earn certification, he or she must complete one of five required classes per school year.
Those classes include two of the four required classes in the current Texas teaching credential exam.
“It’s a two-part process,” Laughlin said.
“They must pass the test and get a teacher certificate.”
A number of schools are using the APSA’s teacher certification test to evaluate full-timer teachers.
“We’re seeing the APS-TS test as a tool to assess teachers who are in need of full time, so we’re going to continue to look for ways to help schools in need,” said David Zeller, executive director of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
The Texas Education Association says that most of its members have used the APPS exam to evaluate teachers in the past and that it is not endorsing any specific approach.
But the group has been working with school districts to create teacher certification standards that include the APTS.
Zeller said the APSS-TS does not specify a minimum length of time a teacher must work, but the APSB-TS requires teachers to work in an area of instruction for which they are certified, so they must be actively engaged.
For example, a district that requires teachers at least 20 hours per month may choose to hire a part-timer teacher who can work up to 30 hours per semester.
“In order to get full-tutor certification, they have to be actively involved in teaching,” Zeller added.
Zellers own elementary school in South Dallas, which has about 3,200 students.
In the past, Zeller has taught at two other elementary schools in the neighborhood, but he said his teachers are not required to be full-timer.
But he said that he has been teaching for less than three years, and he is also using the same teaching methods he used at his first school, including using handouts, class assignments and video lessons to help students.
“What we’ve done is create a system where we use the same instructional method that we have at home,” he said.
It’s not clear whether a part time or full time teacher certification would help Texas.
A number, including Texas Tech, are expanding the number of teachers who can take the APSC test, and some school districts have said they want to give teachers the option of taking the APSE.
But that process could be complicated by the lack of federal guidance about when full-term teachers can start working full time.
Zeler said that a number of states are trying to develop standards for how full-, part- and half-time teachers can be certified.
He said he is interested in seeing the standards develop as part of the state’s effort to expand teacher certification opportunities for low-income and minority students.
“If the APSEA’s standards are developed and the APB sets up an independent assessment, then the standards could be useful in helping to address the disparities in the