How It Works: Educator Certification
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Welcome! We are thrilled you are considering Texas State University for your teacher certification. The Office of Educator Preparation collaborates with several departments on campus to guide candidates through our university-based Educator Preparation Program (EPP).
It is important to note that many entities are interested in who becomes a teacher: the federal government, state government, universities, accrediting bodies, school districts, parents, etc.
The laws and rules for educator certification are written and regulated by the entities listed below, and the Office of Educator Preparation (OEP) implements the laws and rules created by these institutions:
- The U.S. Department of Education
- The State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC)
- The Texas Education Agency (TEA)
- The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
- The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
- The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
- Texas State University offices of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions
- The colleges of Applied Arts, Education, Fine Arts and Communication, Liberal Arts, and Science and Engineering
Notice of EPP dismissal policy for candidates and/or staff who violate the Educators’ Code of Ethics
Alleged violations of the Texas Educators’ Code of Ethics in PK-12 settings during any EPP-related experience (e.g., field experience, observations, practica, clinical practice, service learning) are thoroughly reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Director of the OEP. The review includes interviews with relevant parties, including the candidate(s), and examination of documents, communications, and other evidence. If the preponderance of evidence indicates a violation of the Texas Educator’s Code of Ethics has occurred, the Director, in consultation with program faculty and administrators, will determine a course of action appropriate to the nature and severity of the violation. Decision options include (a) the candidate may continue in the program with a monitored growth plan or (b) the candidate is dismissed from the program. A degree-seeking candidate who is dismissed from the educator preparation program may be given the option to complete the degree without certification. Candidates may appeal the OEP Director’s decision to the Dean of the College of Education whose decision is final.
It is a good idea to review your own transcripts before beginning the application process.
- Before you begin the application to the university, review the requirements for Admittance to the Educator Preparation Program.
- How to access your Degree Audit through DegreeWorks.
- How to access your Texas State University transcripts.
- How to calculate your GPA: ask your Academic Advisor or use an online calculator like this one.
Consider the age group with which you work best
- EC-6 grade students are typically 4 - 11 years old
- 4-8 grade students are typically 9 - 13 years old
- Secondary grades (6-12, 7-12, or 8-12) are typically 12 - 18 years old
Consider the material upon which you will be tested
- Review the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and the Preparation Manuals.
- If you already hold a bachelor's degree, consider earning a certificate in a subject related to your degree.
Consider job demand
- Job demand varies from year to year and district to district, but you can get an idea of demand by browsing the job postings of schools and districts where you might like to teach.
- Visit the Texas Education Agency website for information about Teacher Shortage Areas and Loan Forgiveness Programs.
View list of available certificates
Texas State University offers many paths to certification, including degree and certification-only options, so you may want a little help choosing the best option!
- Prospective undergraduate students, you may want to request a tour and attend on-campus events like Bobcat Days.
- Prospective graduate students, visit the Graduate College page and connect with a Graduate Program Advisor.
- Prospective graduate students in the Round Rock area, be sure to check out the Teacher Recruitment Program Information Sessions.
- Prospective Stand-Alone Teacher Certification students, contact the Office of Educator Preparation.
You must be admitted to Texas State University as a student seeking certification before applying for Admittance to the Educator Preparation Program.
- Make an appointment (optional): Contact an Undergraduate Admissions Counselor or a Graduate Advisor to set up an appointment for more information.
- Apply to the Texas State University: create an account through ApplyTexas and apply for the appropriate program (the requirements and deadlines will vary by program).
Once admitted to the university, determine exactly when you should apply to the Educator Preparation Program.