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Office of Educator Preparation-OEP

Office of Educator Preparation

The Office of Educator Preparation (OEP) provides information regarding progress toward becoming a certified educator in Texas. Click on the Certification Program you are interested in pursuing for additional information about admittance requirements and application procedures

This week in Student Teaching, Fall 2018

This is the perfect time to be completing mandatory requirements outlined in your Student Teaching syllabus which can be found on the OEP Student Teaching/Intern Resources page:

Student teaching at Texas State University is not covered by professional liability insurance through Texas State University or the public school district. Proof of insurance (a screenshot of your notice of membership or an email acknowledgement from the organization) must be uploaded in ePortfolio.

There are three professional associations which provide this service – this week’s highlighted group is ATPE The Association of Texas Professional Educators. Go to their web site at: and simply click on the “Join/Renew” tab. Select the “Student Teacher Membership” option – which this association provides at zero cost to you.

Take the time to check out all the wonderful tools they have to help you achieve success by clicking on their “Resources” tab on this web site!

Steps to Certification

Undergraduate Students Seeking Certification

Graduate Students Seeking Certification

Post-Baccalaureate Students Seeking Teaching Certification ONLY

Graduate/Post-Masters Students Seeking Professional Certification

Application Deadlines

NOTE: The application for Admittance is no longer in ePortfolio; follow the link below to navigate to the new application.

Application Application Period

to the Educator Preparation Program

Always open. Undergraduate students should apply during the semester before Field Based Blocks; master’s level and post-bacc students should apply immediately upon admission to the Graduate College. There is a non-refundable $55 TEA Technology fee charged upon acceptance. This fee cannot be waived; it is not a university fee.

Field Based Blocks TBD - see Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Test Approval

Always open. Students should apply during Field Based Blocks and start exams before Student Teaching.

Test Retake Approval

Always open. Students must use this form to be re-approved to take a failed exam.

Student Teaching

First Day of Classes – Official 12th Class Day. See academic calendar. Students must apply during the semester before they plan to student teach.

Teacher Certification

Always open. Students should apply only after all requirements are met (usually after student teaching).

Certification Plan
(Master's level and post-bacc students only)

Always open. Master’s level and post-bacc students should apply immediately after admittance to the Educator Preparation Program. There is a non-refundable $75 fee. To simply request an updated copy of an existing Certification Plan, email

30 hours Field Experience Observations

(Master's level and post-bacc students only)

Application is available after classes begin each fall/spring semester. Master’s level and post-bacc students enrolled in designated sections of CI 5363, CI 5322, and CI 5326 will receive instructions in class.

Email if you have additional questions about the applications or steps to certification.