Click here for a list of programs, faculty advisors, and links to information about admission and requirements for these programs. Follow the instructions below for each step on the pathway toward your certification: applying to your program, registering for coursework, applying for certification testing, and applying for certification.
Apply to the Graduate College
When to Apply
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires any student seeking certification through Texas State University to be admitted to the university and to the Educator Preparation Program. Therefore, after you have decided on the professional certificate you want to pursue, submit your application materials to the Graduate College by the appropriate deadline. See your individual program's admission requirements or contact the Graduate College for deadline dates. NOTE: When you apply to your program through the Graduate College, you are automatically applying to the Educator Preparation Program.
Your program's designated Graduate Advisor (a faculty member in the program) will evaluate your application.
How to Apply
Accept the offer of admittance to the Educator Preparation Program. If the Graduate Advisor approves you for admission, you will receive an email from The Graduate College offering you admittance to the Educator Preparation Program. The state of Texas requires that you 1) accept this offer of admittance into the Educator Preparation Program and 2) pay a non-refundable $55 Texas Education Agency (TEA) fee.
Register for Classes
Be sure to follow your Degree Audit and communicate regularly with your Graduate Advisor regarding course requirements. Please keep in mind that certification requirements are subject to state and federal law, regardless of catalog year.
Nine hours is considered full-time for graduate level courses; however, students may take more or less, depending on personal preference, program requirements, or financial aid requirements.
See the Academic Calendar for early and late registration periods.
Watch the Office of the Registrar's How to Register video.
It is up to you to register for your classes each semester, and you can read the course descriptions and pre-requisites here in the online catalog.
If you have trouble registering for a CI, RDG, or SPED course, complete the Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction Override Request Form.
Apply for Certification Exam Approval
About the TExES/TExMaT Exams
Depending on the certification, the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) or the Texas Examinations for Master Teachers (TExMaT) is the state required exam for professional educator certificates. Each program has its own set of criteria for eligibility for certification testing.
NOTE: For school counselor, reading specialist, principal, or superintendent, you must pass the appropriate TExES or TExMaT exam to be eligible for probationary certification and internship.
When to Apply
Once you satisfy the criteria listed below for your program, submit the application for Test Approval.
School Counselor: COUN 5338 + Practice Exam.
Reading Specialist: Enrollment in/Completion of RDG 6333.
Master Math Teacher EC-4: Apply during your last semester; test approval will be granted after completion of program coursework.
Master Math Teacher 4-8: Apply during your last semester; test approval will be granted after degree awarded for M.Ed. in Middle School Mathematics.
Master Reading Teacher: For non-Reading Specialist candidates only, apply during last semester; test approval will be granted after completion of program coursework.
Master Technology Teacher: Apply during last semester; test approval will be granted after degree awarded for M.Ed. in Education Technology.
Principal: Apply at beginning of last semester; test approval will be granted after completion of EDCL 6358 (School Law) and EDCL 6387 (Principal Practicum Part I).
Superintendent: Apply during final semester; test approval will be granted after completion of program coursework and enrollment in second semester of Practicum.
How to Apply
Know your TEA ID#. If you do not know your TEA ID#, you may submit a request to retrieve it through the TEA Helpdesk.
Read the instructions on the Test Approval page, log into ePortfolio, and create an application for approval to test. If a Practice Exam or Plan of Study is required, upload documentation to the application for Test Approval. Please keep in mind that test approval is a manual process and may take up to 10 business days. Test approval cannot be granted over holidays or weekends.
Apply for Special Accommodations
Please review the ETS eligibility requirements for testing accommodations. ETS offers Extended Testing Time, Extra Breaks, Screen Magnification, Oral Interpreter, Braille Slate and Stylus--among other accommodations--for eligible test takers. Important: you must start this process FAR IN ADVANCE. Visit the ETS page for instructions.
Register for the Certification Exam
When to Register for Certification Exams
After you receive an email from the Office of Educator Preparation granting you test approval, follow the instructions in the email to register for your exams. You may register for a date a few weeks in advance. Test Centers fill up quickly, especially in the summer months, so do not wait until the last minute to register.
How to Register for Certification Exams
Visit The Educational Testing Service (ETS) to register for your exams. You may need to first create an account using your TEA ID number. Contact ETS directly if you have any registration issues: 1.800.205.2626 or email@example.com.
Where and When to Test
The College of Education hosts a Testing Center on campus in the Education Building on Woods Street. If you want to test here, choose the San Marcos site when you register through ETS. However, ETS has locations all over the state so that you can test at a location convenient for you.
You cannot see test dates or locations until you start the test registration process in ETS. If a location does not appear for the date that you choose, it either means there is no test offering at that Test Center on that date or that the location has filled. Please register early.
Request Statement of Eligibility for Internship
An internship is the state-required culminating experience of the Educator Preparation Program for school counselor, reading specialist, principal and superintendent certifications. In order to be eligible for internship, a student must meet the following requirements:
- passing score on required exam (see previous steps for test approval and registration); and
- completion of all coursework (or approval from the appropriate Graduate Advisor to take a final course with internship); and
- Job Offer from school district; and
- Statement of Eligibility on file with the Office of Educator Preparation; and
- state application for Probationary Certification.
Request Statement of Eligibility Form
Immediately upon passing your TExES or TExMaT exam, email the Office of Educator Preparation at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, Student ID (Axxxxxxxx), and a brief email requesting a Statement of Eligibility Form.
The Certification Officer will review your eligibility for internship and send the form via your Texas State email account. You may use the form to apply for internships. When you have a job offer, have the district complete the form and return it via email to email@example.com.
Apply for Probationary Certificate
A probationary certificate is required to participate in an internship.
When to Apply for Probationary Certification
After you pass your TExES or TExMaT exam, and immediately upon requesting your Statement of Eligibility form, you may submit the state application for Probationary Certification.
How to Apply for Probationary Certification
Click here to log into your TEA account, submit the application for Probationary Certification, pay fees, and meet the requirements for a criminal background check.
Your application will be reviewed by the Certification Officer after the Statement of Eligibility form has been completed and returned by a school district. If you meet the requirements, you will be recommended for a one-year Probationary Certificate.
Apply for Full Certification
Below is a general summary of requirements for certification. Not all professional certificates require every item on the list. Before submitting the state application for certification, please review the TEA website for details regarding certification for Student Services certificates and Principal and Superintendent certificates.
- Service record on file with the Graduate College showing required number of years of teaching experience; and
- Evidence of existing certificates on file with the Graduate College; and
- Satisfactory completion of all Educator Preparation Program coursework; and
- Passing scores on state certification exams; and
- Credit awarded for Practicum and/or Internship; and
- Master's Degree on file with the university or "Degree Awarded" date on Texas State transcript.
When to Apply
Submit the state application for full certification near the end of your last semester in the program (last semester of internship for school counselor, reading specialist, principal, and superintendent).
How to Apply
Read the instructions on the How to Apply for Certification page. Then submit the TEA state application for certification.
You must pay TEA fee for your certificate(s) and fingerprinting.
Texas State's Certification Officer will review each application individually and make recommendations for certification after grades and degrees post each semester (see Academic Calendar).
If you meet all of the requirements, you will receive an email from TEA confirming the recommendation, this may serve as a verification of completion of all certification requirements for job applications and interviews.
Your Certificate will be accessible online through TEA a few days at after the Certification Officer's recommendation. If not, contact TEA directly: 512.936.8400.