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About the Program

Is this a state-approved program?

Yes, Texas Teachers is fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). We are listed as A+ Texas Teachers under Region 4 on the TEA list of accredited programs. After completing your testing and training, you will be eligible to teach anywhere in the state of Texas, in the certification area(s) listed on your certificate.

How successful is the program?

Texas Teachers is the leading certification program in the state, with more teachers hired each year than most programs combined. Since 2005, approximately 50,000 teachers have been hired from our program. Annually, approximately 55%-60% of all new teachers in Texas are hired from alternative certification programs.

How long is the program?

The length of the program is up to you! Our online training is self-paced and designed for you to complete on your own time, so if you are currently working it’s not a problem! Once you have completed your online training and passed your certification exam, you will then start your new career with a full-paid Internship Year.

What kind of certificate will I receive?

You are issued a TEA Intern Certificate for your Internship Year. Upon successful completion of the program, you are issued the same TEA Standard Certificate that is provided by universities and other certifying entities across the state. The Standard Certificate is the full certification for all teachers in Texas and is renewed every 5 years with the TEA by completing CPE hours.

Does this certification transfer to other states?

Most states reciprocate Texas teaching certificates, although certification requirements vary state to state. To determine the reciprocation policies and procedures, please contact the state’s department of education.

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Submitting Your Application

When can I start?

You can get started now! We have rolling admissions throughout the year – all you need is a bachelor’s degree and your official transcripts from all colleges with 12 or more hours towards a bachelor’s degree. See Transcripts for more information. Apply now while collecting your transcripts.

How do I apply?

It’s free and easy to apply to the Texas Teachers program. Simply fill out the application form at https://www.texasteachers.org/apply. Our program advisors use the information you submit in your application to give you personalized advice about your new teaching career.

What documents do I need to apply?

There are no documents required to fill out our free application, but you will be required to send us your official transcripts with your bachelor’s degree if you decide you are ready to get certified to teach. See Transcripts for more information.

I haven’t graduated with my bachelor’s degree yet. When can I apply?

You are eligible for contingency admission into the program during the semester in which you graduate. Your transcript must show current coursework in progress. If you do not have a bachelor’s degree but have worked in a licensed technical field, contact us about Trade & Industry qualifications.

How will I know if my application is received?

You will receive an email from us confirming that your application has been received.

What do I do after I submit my application?

After submitting your application, your first step is to send us your official transcripts for your bachelor’s degree. If your university’s registrar can submit your transcripts electronically, please have them sent to transcripts@texasteachers.org. If your university does not use an electronic service, mail them to one of our multiple locations.

What if my GPA is below a 2.5?

There are options for admission into the program if your GPA is below a 2.5. Please apply to the program and an advisor will contact you to discuss these options.

Is there a background check involved?

You are not required to complete a background check for program admission. However, you will be required to complete a fingerprinting background check through the Texas Education Agency before you can begin working for a school.

Do I have to be a US citizen?

You do not have to be a US citizen to apply to our program. Please see our resources for Non US Candidates for more information.

Do I need classroom experience?

No, you do not need classroom experience. Our program is designed for all types of candidates, including those who have not yet taught in a classroom. You will complete classroom observations as part of the program before you actually begin teaching. We do also recommend completing some classroom experience (volunteer or tutor) to increase your marketability when applying for teaching positions.

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Becoming Admitted

How do I get admitted to the program?

After submitting your application, a program advisor will contact you to conduct a personalized interview and give you advice on pursuing your teaching certification. You will need to have your official transcripts sent to us, either by having your university send them electronically to transcripts@texasteachers.org, or by mailing them to one of our multiple locations.

How long does it take to get an admission decision?

Once we receive your official transcript(s) and conduct your interview, you will receive your offer of admission via email within 3 to 5 business days.

Sending Your Transcripts

Do I need to send in official transcripts?

Yes, we are required by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to collect and store official transcripts from all colleges with 12 or more hours towards a bachelor’s degree. Transcripts do not need to be in a sealed envelope from your university. We can accept an open, original copy. However, we cannot accept scanned, faxed, or photocopied transcript(s).

I haven’t graduated with my bachelor’s degree yet. When can I apply?

You are eligible for contingency admission into the program during the semester in which you graduate. Your transcript must show current coursework in progress. If you do not have a bachelor’s degree but have worked in a licensed technical field, contact us to learn more about Trade & Industry qualifications.

How do I send in my transcript(s)?

You can send your official transcript(s) multiple ways. The quickest method is to have your university send electronic officials directly to transcripts@texasteachers.org. If your university does not have this option, you can mail them to one of our multiple locations or provide them in person.

How long does it take for my transcripts to be processed?

Once we receive your transcripts from your institute of higher learning, we are usually able to process them within 5 business days. We will notify you as each transcript is processed.

Can I get a copy of my transcripts from Texas Teachers?

Once we process your transcripts, the information is entered into our system and the physical copy is stored off-site, so we typically are unable to provide a copy. It is best if you obtain a copy by other means before sending it to us.

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Pricing

How much does the program cost?

All you pay to get started is the $395 enrollment fee plus the TEA technology fee of $55. This low up-front cost gives you immediate access to your online training and all the resources you need to get hired as a teacher. The remaining balance of $4,250 is only due once you are hired as a teacher. It is then paid back throughout your Internship Year of teaching, usually through payroll deductions over a ten-month period.

When do I pay the enrollment fee?

Once you are admitted, you can set up your Intern Portal login and pay your enrollment fee of $395. You will need to pay your enrollment fee to get started on your training and to be approved to take any content exams.

When do I pay the program balance?

The remaining balance of $4250 is not due until you are hired as a full-time teacher. It is then paid back throughout that first year of teaching, usually through payroll deductions over a ten-month period.

Is there interest on the program balance?

No, the program balance is always interest-free.

What if I need to teach another year?

If you are unable to complete your requirements during your Internship Year, or if your Principal recommends you need another year on your Intern Certificate before receiving your Standard Certificate, you will need to pay an extension fee to teach another year. Extension fees are explained in your Student Handbook.

Is there a payment plan?

All you pay to get started is the $395 enrollment fee and the TEA technology fee of $55. The remaining balance of $4250 is not due until you are hired as a teacher. It is then paid back throughout your Internship Year of teaching, usually through payroll deductions over a ten-month period.

Can I apply for financial aid?

Since Texas Teachers is not an institute of higher learning, the program fees are not eligible for financial aid. However, the program balance is typically payroll deducted over the course of your first year of teaching, so that it is more manageable.

What other exams or fees are required?

Texas Education Agency Technology Fee @ $55
Certification Exam @ $58-$116
Background Check / Fingerprinting @ $52.20
Intern Certificate @ $78
Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) Exam @ $134
Standard Certificate @ $78

Will I get paid during my Internship Year?

Yes! During your Internship Year, you receive full pay and benefits from your school district while employed as the teacher of record.

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Testing

Do I have to complete training before taking an exam?

No, the testing, training, and Field Based Experiences can be completed in any order. The optional test preparation courses within the training can help prepare you for many different state exams.

What exams do I need to take?

Per TEA, all teachers in the state of Texas need to demonstrate subject matter knowledge by passing a certification exam, also called a subject area test, before they can be considered for employment and certification as a teacher. The certification areas offered by Texas Teachers can be found on our Testing page. After a new teacher has entered the classroom, they must pass the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam before they can be considered for the Standard Certificate at the end of their Internship Year.

What certification areas are available?

The certification areas offered by Texas Teachers can be found by clicking the red Certification Areas button on our Testing page.

When do I take my exams?

The certification exam(s) must be passed before a new teacher begins seeking employment. The PPR exam is taken after you begin working as a full-time teacher during the Internship Year.

How do I study for the exams?

We have certification exam preparation modules within our online training to help you pass the exams. We also offer a wide variety of resources on our study resources page to help you. Our Online Study Community is a public forum where teachers give tips and advice on how to pass exams. We offer a fully online PPR review module, a video seminar, and practice exams to help you pass the PPR.

What are the most in-demand subjects to teach?

Pursuing a high-need certification area increases your chances of getting hired quickly, and many schools also offer additional stipends for teaching in these areas. The current high-need certification areas are secondary (middle and high school) level mathematics and science, including the following exams: Chemistry (7-12), Mathematics (7-12), Mathematics (4-8), Mathematics/Science (4-8), Physical Science/Mathematics/Engineering (6-12), Physical Science (6-12), Physics/Mathematics (7-12), and Science (7-12).

Bilingual Spanish, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Special Education teachers are also in high demand with stipends offered in many districts for the following exams: Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (for all bilingual courses), Languages Other Than English – Spanish (EC-12), English as a Second Language (EC-12), and Special Education (EC-12). Bilingual Spanish and ESL must be paired with a primary subject area or Core Subjects (EC-6 or 4-8). Most districts prefer that Special Education be paired with a primary subject area or Core Subjects (EC-6 or 4-8).

English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) 7-12 is also increasing in demand, especially when paired with ESL or Special Education.

How do I register for my exams?

The TExES exams are currently administrated by ETS. Beginning September 1, 2018, the TExES exams will be administered by Pearson. We provide full test registration instructions on our State Tests resources page. These instructions will be updated as we receive more information on the transition from ETS to Pearson.

Are there any other exams I can take to increase my chances of getting hired?

Many candidates are hired after passing a single exam, but this will depend on the districts you apply with and the certification area. In addition to a certification exam, you may also consider passing other exams to increase marketability with school districts. Many school districts prefer that a Core Subjects EC-6 or Core Subjects 4-8 exam be paired with an ESL supplemental or the Special Education (SpEd) exam, which allows the teacher to accept ESL or SpEd students into their classroom. This is not a requirement, but doing so can help you get hired quickly if you choose to teach Core content. Our program advisors are here to help you develop an effective testing strategy.

How long does it take for my passed exam to show on my Enrollment Letter and Statement Of Eligibility (SOE)?

Once your passed exam is showing online through TEA, your Enrollment Letter and SOE will be updated within 3-5 business days by Texas Teachers. See the Job Search FAQ section for more information regarding the Enrollment Letter and SOE.

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Training

Do I have to complete training before taking an exam?

No, the testing, training, and Field Based Experiences can be completed in any order. The optional test preparation courses can help prepare you for the exams.

Is the training 100% online?

The Classroom Readiness training and test preparation modules are all 100% online. You are required to complete 30 hours of Field Based Experiences (FBEs) before entering the classroom, 15 of which can be completed online. Your Applied Teaching and Learning projects are also online and can be completed before or after you begin teaching.

What if I have a question about the curriculum?

Our online instructors are available to answer any questions you may have regarding the training content and curriculum. You can reach them from any page by clicking on the question mark icon. If you can’t find one on the current page, you can always find the help icon on the left slide of your main dashboard.

What does the training cover?

The curriculum is organized around six main constructs for learning: The Teacher, The Learner, Lesson Planning, Instructional Strategies, Assessing Learning, and The Learning Environment. There are multiple courses within each construct that help the prospective teacher understand the pedagogy behind their role as an educator in the classroom. Please visit our Training page for samples of the coursework you will engage within each construct.

I am having technical issues with Canvas, what should I do?

For technical issues with Canvas, please take a screenshot of the page you are having an issue with. Then from any page you can click the question mark icon to contact support. If you can’t find one on the current page, you can always find the help icon on the left slide of your main dashboard.

I’ve never had a teacher interview. Will the training help me?

Completing your Classroom Readiness training will absolutely help you become familiar with the concepts that you will be asked about during your interview. We also provide you with a wealth of resources to help you prepare for your first teaching job, from online webinars and seminars to resume review services and portfolio guidance.

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Classroom Observations (FBEs)

What are FBEs?

Classroom observations, also known as Field Based Experiences (FBEs) are introductory experiences for a classroom teacher certification candidate involving reflective observation of EC-12 students, teachers, and faculty/staff members engaging in educational activities in a school setting. Thirty hours of FBEs are required, and 15 of those observation hours can be completed online through your Canvas account once you are admitted to our program.

What type of experience counts towards FBE hours?

Any experience that occurs on a TEA-accredited campus where you are observing a certified teacher deliver instruction to at least one student can count toward your FBE hours. Substitute teaching unfortunately does not fall under this requirement from the TEA, as you must be observing a certified teacher rather than delivering the content yourself. However, substitute teaching is still highly recommended to increase your marketability and help get hired with a particular school district.

Can I use FBEs completed in another state, or prior to my admission into Texas Teachers?

Per updated TEA guidelines, Texas Teachers can only provide credit for FBEs that occurred on a TEA-accredited campus after you were admitted into our program.

How do I schedule in-person observations (Field Based Experiences – FBEs)?

Virtually all schools provide observation opportunities for aspiring teachers, but each has its own approval process. We recommend you first check the district website and search online for observation approval information. If you do not find more information online, call the district Human Resources department. Make sure you have first searched the district website and contacted the HR department before you call a campus directly.

How many FBEs do I need to complete?

Thirty hours of FBEs are required, however 15 hours of observation videos can be completed online through your Canvas account once you are admitted to our program.

How do I log my FBEs with Texas Teachers?

The FBE submission form can be found on the Pre-Service tab of your Intern Portal.

How do I get my FBEs verified?

The experience you have gained must be verified by either the person who you observed, the principal of the campus, or the HR department of the school district. The FBEs will not show as completed in your Intern Portal until they have been verified by email from the supervising individual. After submitting your FBE hours, our system will generate an automated email to the supervising individual. Please ask them to check their spam folder.

How do I complete my FBEs in the summer?

It is easiest to complete FBEs in early summer when summer school is in session. We offer a PDF guide to Summer FBE sources through your Intern Portal in May of each year. If you have received an offer of employment from a school district, that school or district will typically provide FBE opportunities prior to the start of school. Keep in mind that it will require time for the FBEs to be verified and then for your Intern Certificate to be recommended after verification, assuming that all other requirements have been completed.

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Job Search

Does Texas Teachers help me get hired with a school?

Absolutely! You ultimately choose which districts to apply with, but Texas Teachers has a team of representatives that work closely with schools across the state. We provide thousands of candidate lists, by request, to schools every year, and host both in-person and virtual job fairs. We notify candidates regarding teacher hiring events and list the schools that have recently requested our candidates. We also provide a wealth of resources to help you prepare to get your first teaching job, from online webinars and seminars to resume review services and portfolio guidance.

Do you offer student teaching as an alternative to the Internship Year?

We offer an excellent Clinical Teaching program for candidates who would like more hands-on practice before becoming a full-time teacher. For more information, view our Clinical Teaching webpage.

What type of position should I apply for?

To qualify for an Intern Certificate, you must be hired by a TEA-accredited campus as a full-time Teacher of Record for the subject(s)/grades in which you have demonstrated subject matter knowledge.

When should I start my job search?

We recommend you begin your job search after passing your first certification exam, even if you have incomplete Classroom Readiness training and Field Based Experiences. You will then have access to your Enrollment Letter, which updates each time you pass a new exam. Schools often offer positions to candidates with pending training that have passed an exam, especially during spring and summer. However, you must also complete all Classroom Readiness training and Field Based Experiences before you are eligible to enter the classroom and be recommended by Texas Teachers for your Intern Certificate.

Do I need an Intern Certificate for a school to hire me?

Your Intern Certificate is not issued by TEA until after you have been hired by a school and “recommended” by Texas Teachers. Instead, your Enrollment Letter and Statement of Eligibility will provide schools the necessary information to offer you a position.

What is the Enrollment Letter / Statement of Eligibility (SOE)? Where can I find them?

These are technically two separate documents, and they are important for your job search. They are accessible on the Internship tab of your Intern Portal. Your Enrollment Letter is available after you demonstrate subject matter knowledge by passing a content exam. Your SOE will attach as a second page to your Enrollment Letter. If your SOE is not attached to your Enrollment Letter, then you must complete all pending Classroom Readiness training and Field Based Experiences.

I am submitting an online application to a school and have questions.

You should call the school Human Resources department, as each district application is unique. We recommend you attach both the Enrollment Letter and SOE when submitting a school application. If you apply with only the Enrollment Letter, submit a new application or amend your previous application once your SOE is available, and then call the school HR department to notify them of the change.

When should I pay for my Intern Certificate application?

We recommend you pay for your TEA Intern Certificate application when you begin your job search. Some districts will check to see if you have completed this step when reviewing your application. Here are instructions on how to apply for your Intern Certificate.

I received a full-time teaching job offer. What now?

Congratulations! You should now submit the “I Got a Job” form on the Internship tab of your Intern Portal. This begins the Intern Certificate Recommendation process.

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Certificates

When should I pay for my Intern Certificate application?

We recommend you pay for your TEA Intern Certificate application when you begin your job search. Some districts will check to see if you have completed this step when reviewing your application. Here are instructions on how to apply for your Intern Certificate.

When does Texas Teachers issue my Intern Certificate?

TEA issues your Intern Certificate once it’s “recommended” by Texas Teachers. Texas Teachers will “recommend” your Intern Certificate to TEA once you have been hired as a full-time Teacher of Record for the subjects/grade levels in which you have demonstrated subject matter knowledge. You must submit your “I Got a Job” form as soon as you accept an offer to teach – it’s located on the Internship tab of your Intern Portal. Your school must also provide Texas Teachers a completed Statement of Eligibility (SOE).

Who must complete my Statement of Eligibility?

The Statement of Eligibility must be completed by your employing school district’s Human Resources department. If the school does not have an HR department, the SOE can be completed by a campus principal or district superintendent.

How long will it take for my Intern Certificate to be recommended?

Most Intern Certificates are recommended during the peak volume months of July and August. This may result in a waiting period for recommendations. Schools understand that Texas Teachers can backdate certificates if they are recommended soon after school starts. We encourage you to monitor your email for recommendation instructions from our Certification department, and promptly complete requirements. You will receive a confirmation email once your Intern Certificate has been recommended.

What is the difference between an Intern Certificate and a Standard Certificate?

An Intern Certificate is valid for your first year of teaching and used for candidates enrolled in alternative certification programs. Once you have completed your Internship Year and all program requirements, you are issued a Standard Certificate. A Standard Certificate is valid for 5 years and can be renewed by completing CPE hours.

What is the difference between an Intern Certificate and a Probationary Certificate?

An Intern Certificate is valid for only one year. A Probationary Certificate is issued to a first year teacher who has already passed the PPR exam.

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  • Angulia
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Austrailia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
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  • Cayman Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Dominica
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
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  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
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  • Saint Lucia
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