In Texas, driver’s education, also called driving school, is a
course that the state requires teenage drivers to take before they can
get their license. The purpose of the course is to make sure that
students have a firm grasp of traffic safety, the rules of the road,
and how to operate a vehicle before they actually start driving. Texas
driver’s ed classes combine classroom time with actual and simulated
driving experience under the supervision of trained professionals.
Texas driving school provides students with the knowledge and hands-on
experience to be able to pass the written exam for getting a permit, as
well as the road test required for getting an actual license.
Who is required to complete it?
Children under the age of 18 are required to pass a Texas driver’s
ed course to become licensed. However, Texas driver’s ed classes are
also offered for adults that still need to get their learner's permits.
Texas driving schools that are geared toward adults usually consist of
classroom time only. Adults are not required to take driver's ed,
however. Instead, they can simply study the Texas Driver's License
Handbook on their own, and will be issued a license if they pass both a
written examination and a road test.
What agency regulates it?
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) regulates Texas driving schools.
TEA sets minimum curriculum requirements, licenses schools and
instructors and handles complaints against driving schools.
If you need to get in touch with TEA regarding a Texas driver’s
education school, they can be reached at the following address and
Texas Education Agency, Driver Training Division
1701 North Congress Avenue, Room 1-109
Austin, Texas 78701-1494
TEA also provides information about driver’s education programs
online on their website. Click here to view TEA’s
Who teaches driver's ed?
In Texas, driver's ed classes may be provided by licensed commercial
driving schools or by public schools. Driver's ed classes provided by
public schools may count as 1/2 credit toward high school graduation.
All Texas driver’s education classes are taught by licensed driver
education instructors and teaching assistants. Only instructors may
teach the classroom portion of the course. The in-car portion of the
course may be taught by either driving instructors or teaching
assistants. TEA requires all potential Texas driver education
instructors and teaching assistants to be high school graduates of
“good character and reputation." Applicants must also have held a Texas
driver's license for at least 5 years. During that 5 year period, their
license must never have been suspended or revoked.
To become a licensed Texas driver education instructor, applicants must
also have completed either 9 semester hours of courses on driver and
traffic safety at a university accredited by the state or they must
have completed a state-approved driver education instructor training
course. Teaching assistants are required to have completed 6 semester
hours of course work on the above topics, or to have completed an
equivalent training course with the TEA seal of approval. Regular
teaching assistants can only teach the in-car section of the driver’s
ed course, but if they take a total of 9 semester hours of coursework
or an equivalent training course they can become a full teaching
assistant and share classroom duties with a licensed driver education
To find a Texas driving school near you, click here.
Texas driver education instructors and assistant have to meet all of
the qualifications listed above to become certified. However, in
addition, they also have to be teaching on behalf of a licensed driving
school or a public school. Texas driver education instructor licenses
must be renewed annually, and instructors must take a TEA-approved
continuing education class before their renewal is due in order to
maintain their licenses.