The length of time it will take to get certified is specific for each individual candidate. Once a student is accepted into the teacher preparation program, their transcript is evaluated and a certification plan is prepared indicating which classes are required for that particular certification area. Typically, a candidate is able to complete a certification program within one to two years. Certification plans are valid for three years; after three years, you will need to have your plan updated.
You can expect to receive your certification plan within 4-6 weeks of the time you apply. In some cases, information must be sent to the department through which certification is being sought which could delay the length of time required to process your plan.
After you have been admitted to the University through the Graduate College and receive your Certification Plan, you can register for the courses listed on your Plan during the Advanced and Late Registration periods as designated by the Registrar’s Office.
Our office can assist you with selection of a certification area by providing you with information; however, we cannot tell you what area is right for you or what area will be fastest. Remember that you are selecting a career path. As such, it is important that you are committed to the education profession and have a desire to teach the grade levels and subjects for which you will be certified.
Many teacher certification courses are offered at the Round Rock Higher Education Center (RRHEC), Post-baccalaureates are eligible to register for courses at the RRHEC. Currently the only program offered in its entirety at this campus is EC-6 ESL Generalist.
All candidates seeking teacher certification through Texas State University must receive approval from the Office of Educator Preparation to take the "real" TExES exam. Most candidates will take real TExES exams during the semester prior to student teaching. Click HEREfor more details.
Teachers who are already certified should go directly to the ETS site to sign up for any additional content test (www.texes.ets.org). Candidates wishing to become certified in a professional area must take additional coursework and should contact the Certification Officer for more information.
You should apply for your certificate at the end of your student teaching semester. Complete the TEA application for teacher certification online after 1) You have passed yours exams AND 2) Credit for Student Teaching has posted to your transcript (This may be 2-4 weeks after you finish coursework). For more information on how to apply Click Here.
If you were fingerprinted for student teaching, you will likely not have to have them redone when you apply for your certificate. However, if you have been fingerprinted for the purposes of substituting, expect to be required to have them redone.
You must apply for Student Teaching and register for the appropriate EDST course in advance. The application for Student Teaching is open for the first 12 class days of each long semester for the upcoming fall or spring semester. For example, if you plan to student teach in the fall, submit your application the spring semester prior; if you plan to student teach in the spring, submit your application the fall semester prior.
No. All certification coursework must be complete prior to student teaching. For undergraduates, this means all coursework must be complete. For master's level and post-baccalaureate students, this means all coursework on the Certification Plan.
Student teaching out of area is subject to departmental approval. Some students may be eligible to student teach in the Dallas or Houston area. Students who are seeking certification in EC-6 ESL Generalist, 4-8 Generalist, 4-8 ENG/LA/RDG/SST, 4-8 Math/Science, and EC-12 Special Education are eligible to student teach out of area. All other students must first gain approval from both their department chair and the Director of OEP. Due to the changing availability of our student teaching faculty, requests to student teach out of area are reviewed on a case-by-case basis for eligibility.
Yes, all teacher candidates seeking standard classroom certification through Texas State University must participate in the Texas State student teaching experience. There are no exceptions or substitutions.
Most states require a candidate to take their state certification exams to become certified. It is important that a candidate who plans to move to another state completes the Texas certification requirements and becomes a certified teacher prior to seeking certification in another state. Candidates who attempt to become certified without prior certification will likely need to take additional coursework in the new state in order to meet that state's teacher education requirements.
The Office of Career Services offers a wide variety of services to Texas State students. Career Planning DISCOVER, Career Counseling, Job Search Preparation and Placement Services are available to all Texas State students. They also host a Teacher Job Fair, in conjunction with the College of Education, every fall and spring semester. Please visit their webpage for additional information.
All candidates admitted to an Educator Preparation Program are issued an ID from the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
If you think you might already have a TEA ID# (if you have ever been a Teacher's Aide or Substitute Teacher in Texas), click here to Submit a Request online to the TEA Help Desk. In the Description field, indicate you are requesting to retrieve your TEA ID#.
If you do not have a TEA ID#, request a TEAL user account:Click here to follow TEA's step-by-step instructions to set up your TEA Login credentials. This will trigger TEA to issue your TEA ID#.
International Students without a Social Security Number (SSN) must request a temporary P-number from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) so that they can obtain a TEA ID# for Admittance to the Educator Preparation Program.
What you will need
A scanned image of your valid passport
A device with internet access
Visit the TEA Help Desk on the TEA website and fill out the online Submit a Request form.
In the Description field box, indicate "I do not have a Social Security Number (SSN) and need a temporary number to start the certification process." In the field for “To help us locate records, please provide the following: TEA ID or Last 4 Digits of SSN”: input “I do not have an SSN.” Do not input your A# or any other form of ID in this box.
Upload a high quality scanned image of your valid passport. The Alkek library has scanners; or you can use a free phone app.
TEA will check for any conflicting or prior records and assign a number that begins with P.
IMPORTANT: Email your temporary P-Number to the Office of Educator Preparation email@example.com so that our office can report your acceptance to TEA.
NOTE: Educators must have an SSN to be fingerprinted and employed, so there is only so much you can do without the SSN. You can usually get through most of the Educator Preparation Program up to the point of Student Teaching with the P-number. At that point, you must apply for an SSN (please visit the university’s International Office for information about obtaining an SSN before Student Teaching).