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Step 1: Review Eligibility

Issuance of Standard Teaching Certificate

Step 1: Review Eligibility

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  • Eligibility for Standard Teaching Certificate

    • Please be aware the Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires a background check for issuance of a teaching certificate. Pursuant to Texas Administrative Code 249.16, you may be ineligible for issuance of a certificate upon completion of the Educator Preparation Program due to offenses considered to relate directly to the duties and responsibilities of the education profession. If you have a criminal history, the Office of Educator Preparation (OEP) recommends you

      1. review Texas Administrative Code 249.16, Eligibility of Persons with Criminal History for a Certificate for more information about specific offenses considered to relate directly to the duties and responsibilities of the education profession;
      2. pay for a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation from the Texas Education Agency;
      3. schedule an appointment for free legal counseling services through Texas State University’s Attorney for Students; and,
      4. disclose this information to the director of the Office of Educator Preparation at Texas State University.

    • To be eligible for certification, you must meet several criteria including a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. 

      • Participation in a graduation ceremony does not mean you have a degree.
      • The Texas State University Registrar's Office will officially confer degrees several weeks after the ceremony. To find the date that Degrees Post, see the Academic Calendar.
      • If you hold a degree from a previous institution, this information will already be on file with the university. 
    • To be eligible for certification, you must meet several criteria including credit for Student Teaching or an Internship.

      • This is indicated by "CR" for EDST coursework on your official transcript. To determine when Grades Post, visit the Academic Calendar.
    • To be eligible for certification, you must meet several criteria including passing scores on current, valid TExES certification exams (including ESL for EC-6 and Special Ed candidates).

    • Undocumented and DACAmented students are valued members of the Texas State University community. If you have questions or concerns about how your legal status affects your eligibility for issuance of a standard teaching certificate, please take the following steps: