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How Can I Become Certified in Texas?
The Texas Education Agency certifies teachers. Learn about their pathway to certification below.
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Create an online account through TEA.
Complete an application and pay the $164 non-refundable fee.
Submit transcripts from all colleges.
Submit copies of all certificates.
Submit proof of oral English language proficiency if your degree was earned outside the United States, including territories of the United States.
Obtain a Bachelor’s Degree – You must earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- The Texas Administrative Code requires that candidates completing a Texas program must have a degree from a university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)
- U.S. Department of Education Database for Accredited Colleges and Universities (outside source)
- Health Science Technology and Trades & Industrial Education certifications are exempt from the Bachelor’s degree requirement
Complete an Educator Preparation Program – You must complete an Approved Educator Preparation Program. If you do not hold a degree, you must completa a university program. If you hold a degree, you may contact an Alternative Certification Program or Post Baccalaureate Program.
Pass Certification Exams – You must pass the appropriate teacher certification exams. Contact your program for exam approval.
Submit a State Application – You must apply to be certified after all requirements are met. Do not apply until you have verified with your program that you are eligible.
Complete Fingerprinting – All first-time applicants must be fingerprinted as part of a national criminal background check.