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Median Pay1: $53,167

Teacher Reciprocity Requirements2: Texas Department of Education

  • Education/Experience Requirements: Bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited school and state-approved teacher preparation program.
  • Testing Requirements: Texas Education Agency (TEA) or comparable exams in another state required.
  • Temporary Certificate Offered?: One-year certificate if testing requirements are not met.
  • Other Notes: Credentials review is offered prior to application for a fee.


  • Teacher Pensions Overall Grade3: F – Click here to see why.
    • 5-year vesting period.
    • Employees/employers may or may not pay social security tax (Texas defers the decision to each individual school district) and therefore may or may not be eligible for social security benefits.
    • No portable plan available.

1Median Pay: sourced from 2018 data collected by National Education Association (NEA). See their Full Report for more information.

2Teacher Reciprocity: sourced from data aggregated by Teacher Certification Degrees. View the full state-by-state list here. Additionally, in some states special considerations for reciprocity, application expedition, fee waivers, etc. may be available to teachers married to activity duty military personnel; be sure to contact the respective State Dept. Of Education to learn more.

3Teacher Pensions Rating: sourced from https://www.teacherpensions.org/. Visit their website to learn about their mission or view a State Comparison.

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