HOUSONT, TEXAS -- Texas Teacher program is dangerous. They lead you to believe that you're learning with all the quizzes and written replies and when you get close to completing the program they bombard you with essays that are graded by people you never even heard or met. They give you examples of what they expect and if you follow those examples they come back with wanting more from you. They expect you to write a lesson plan that is 10 pages long when in the real world it's 1 to 2 pages.
I regret being part of this program. You call you get answering service that doesn't tell you they are answering service after you tell them your needs... That was so annoying. I can't express how terrible this company is and for me to write a complaint is beyond me... This is the first time I ever felt compelled to write a review. I was going to post their examples and display my work that is as close to the examples with the grader posting the work needs to be longer and more in depth.
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- Texas Teachers is a huge ripoff. I finished my internship last year. Now there telling me I have more to do when I was told I was finished and certified. I agree with what the other people are saying. You don't learn anything for over 4,000 dollars they take out of your first years check. Now, they want more from me. They are telling me I have to take a PPR course which I took the PPR 5 years ago and past. I was told serving as a paraprofessional did not covered my courses. When I was told it would and I was cleared to go and end my time with Texas Teachers. I did my compliance videos. I did everything they told me to do. For what? To get scammed out of more money I don't have.
I bought a new house thinking I'm done with Tx Teachers and now they want me to do more internship. Let me remind you they never called or email anything about me not being done with my internship. I get the news after over a month in a half as working when my principal tells me he is having trouble getting my certification. So, I called to see what is going on. Now they want me to pay an extra 1300 hundred a month to do the stuff the added that I was never told about. I really sunk every last penny I had on my new house and I probably going to lose it because of Texas Teachers scams. It's not worth it. I called my advisor who passed me and told me I was done and I will see what will happen. More to come.
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- 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.
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- Texas Teachers might have the largest pool when it comes to candidates but they do not do anything to help them. They post a checklist that is up to the individual to go by, there is no real training. The individual is left on their own to do their own work. In fact when you called you don't even speak to someone over the phone right away. They always have to return your call even when you go into the office to see them. There's nothing that they can really tell you because most of the people sitting behind the desk do not know themself what to do when it comes to training. The program is not the best. It really isn't. You would think that at their location they would have training materials for you but they don't. They don't have nothing for you.
DALLAS, SAN ANTONIO, HOUSTON, TEXAS -- I would not recommend Texas Teachers as an ACP. While they are most eager to get someone enrolled, they do not have adequate training or follow-up procedures. The trainings are not effective and teach concepts and ideas used ten years ago. I learned the exact same things in my college courses ten years ago. Only one of the required trainings was beneficial and helpful. The presenter was engaging and knowledgeable, unlike the majority of the rest. There is a "cattle herd" feel to this organization as opposed to an individual approach.
The support provided when an intern is teaching is minimal and it feels as though if you fill out your paperwork, get your card scanned, and sit in a chair, you can get your license to teach through this company. If you are looking to actually learn how to be a teacher, I would not recommend this program.
DALLAS, TEXAS -- Please consider other available programs than this private organization because as one of their previous students, I can say this one was terrible. I can't express the frustration I and many other students felt at the mostly inept instructors this organization had leading the learning seminars.
For example, we had a librarian teaching us classroom management! Or how about the instructor who couldn't adapt her third grade teaching style (complete with children's books) to adults with college degrees?! They obviously aren't paying enough to get quality instructors. It was truly ridiculous because the material they were supposed to be teaching was (and is) so important to a teaching career. I hope you'll consider my review before making the same mistake I did. I can't speak for other programs, but this one falls short.