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Non U.S. Candidates

A collection of resources for prospective teachers
from outside of the United States and its territories.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language

The TOEFL® (Test of English as a Foreign Language™) covers all facets of English proficiency, including a test of spoken English. TOEFL iBT (internet based) measures reading, listening, speaking and writing skills and takes approximately 4.5 hours. It is offered on computer 30-40 times a year at test centers throughout the world.

Texas Teachers score requirements for admittance* into the program are as follows:

  • Speaking – 24
  • Listening – 22
  • Reading – 22
  • Writing – 21

*As of October 22, 2017. The above are required in each section. 

Test locations

Who is exempt?

Figure: 19 TAC §230.11(b)(5)(C) Countries in which English is the Official Language The countries listed below have been approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) to satisfy the English language proficiency requirement specified in 19 TAC §230.11(b)(5)(C). To be exempted from the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) testing requirement specified in 19 TAC §230.11(b)(5)(B), a certification candidate must have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution of higher education on the SBEC-approved list of countries.

Transcript Evaluation Services

If you graduated from a Non-U.S. College / University you must have your foreign transcripts evaluated and translated before we can begin reviewing your educational background. Graduates of institutions within the United States are exempt and do not need this evaluation.
The Evaluation must be “course by course”, equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor’s Degree, and include the following information:

  • GPA
  • Conferred graduation date
  • Language of instruction

Approved Service Providers

Foreign Credential Services of America

1910 Justin Lane
Austin, TX 78757
Phone: 512.459.8428
Fax: 512.459.4565

Global Credential Evaluators, Inc.

P. O. Box 9203
College Station, TX 77842
Phone: 800.707.0979
Fax: 979.690.6342

SDR Educational Consultants

2600 Gessner, Suite 267
Houston, TX 77080
Phone: 713.460.3525
Fax: 713.460.5344

SpanTran Educational Services, Inc.

2400 August Drive, Suite 451
Houston, TX 77057
Phone: 713.266.8805
Fax: 713.789.6022

A complete list of providers known to the Texas Education Agency as following the standards of recognized national organizations of foreign credential evaluators may be found on their web site. TEA does not approve or accredit credential evaluation services.

Sponsors for H1-B Visa

A limited number of school districts will sponsor an H1-B visa for new teachers. In many cases the sponsorship is contingent upon the certification area. International candidates are encouraged to contact numerous districts, charter and private schools to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, in addition to those listed below.

Districts That May Sponsor

  • Alief ISD
  • Bryan ISD
  • Fort Worth ISD
  • Harmony Public Schools
  • Jacksonville ISD
  • Pampa ISD
  • Pecos ISD
  • Round Rock ISD
  • Tyler ISD

Don’t Have a U.S. Social Security Number?

If you don’t have a U.S. Social Security Number, we will issue you a temporary PIN number through the State (TEA) to use in place of it. You will need this PIN number to register for the content test and also to apply for your probationary certificate.

You will continue to use this PIN number until you receive your official U.S. Social Security Number. Please notify us immediately once you receive your Social Security Number.

Legal Help with Visas

It is important that you fully understand and manage your own situation in obtaining a visa. We recommend starting this process immediately. Ultimately you will be responsible for hiring a lawyer to help you. Immigration attorneys that we have worked with in the past are listed below.

Houston Area

Wolfe Law Firm, P.C.

Serie L. Wolfe
1616 S. Voss Road, Suite 810
Houston, TX 77057
Phone: (713) 532-9707
Fax: (713) 532-9706
E-mail: swolfe@wolfelaw.us

FosterQuan, LLP.

José R. Peréz, Jr.
5177 Richmond Avenue, Suite 800
Houston, TX 77056
Phone: (713) 625-9283
Fax: (713) 625-9292
E-mail: jperez@fosterquan.com

Graves & Graves, P.C.

Silvia Graves
7660 Woodway Dr., Suite 475
Houston, TX 77063
Phone: (713) 784-9204
Fax: (713) 784-9207
E-mail: sgraves@graveslaw.org

Dallas/Fort Worth Area

Yu South & Associates

Becky Yu
132 N. Glenville Dr.
Richardson, TX 75081
Phone: (972) 994-9988
Fax: (972) 994-0088
E-mail: immigrationlaw@usa.net

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Texas Teachers Exempt Countries

Texas Teachers currently recognizes these SBEC-approved countries:
  • American Samoa
  • Angulia
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Austrailia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Dominica
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grand Cayman
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • Nigeria
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Trinidata/ Tobago
  • Turks and Calcos
  • United Kingdom
  • US Pacific Trust