Guidelines for Obtaining Texas Certification. (For Professionals with Out-of-State Teaching Credentials). Guidelines for Obtaining Texas Certification. Purpose Application Process Glossary & Resources. Purpose.
(For Professionals with Out-of-State Teaching Credentials)
1. Provide holders of out-of-state-credentials an overview of the process for obtaining Texas certification
2. Establish state and district requirements and timelines for obtaining Texas certification
3. Address questions about initiating the certification process in Texas
4. Provide resource and contact information regarding Texas certification
Satisfy state (and university, if applicable) requirements and obtain teaching credentials from state outside of Texas.
Copies of transcripts, teaching credentials, and other required documents should be sent to SBEC as soon as possible.
The SBEC Review of Credentials (ROC) will result in an education plan that identifies the exams required for Texas certification.
Application for certification, submission of fingerprints as a part of the background check, and payment of all required fees are necessary before a one year nonrenewable certificate will be issued. This process will begin once the Review of Credentials has been completed.
Testing: Establishing Eligibility for a Texas Standard Certificate
Certified applicants holding out-of-state credentials must complete all requirements in the certification plan prepared by SBEC in order to establish eligibility for the Texas Standard Certificate.
The basic requirements are to take a pass the appropriate certification examination, complete a criminal background check, and pay all required fees.
A list of approved examinations can be obtained from SBEC. Verification of passing the selected tests is required as a part of the ROC process.
Registration for an exam prior to receiving the SBEC plan is always at the teacher’s own risk.
Certification exams are administered in October, December, February, April and June.
Results are released three to four weeks after test administration.
A 5 year renewable Texas standard certification is available upon passing the appropriate certification exam(s).
Note: Digital fingerprinting is required.
State agency charged with the authority and responsibility to review credentials and certify educators to teach in the state of Texas. www.sbec.state.tx.us
Phone: 1-888-863-5880 for Information and Support.
The Texas Education Agency can be contacted at the following:
1701 North Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701
Agency responsible for administration of paper-based and computer administered certification examinations. Contact for test dates, locations, and registration information at 1-866-902-5922 or www.texes.ets.org
For detailed directions to online registration, click on the following: State Testing Process **[link to power point goes here]
Since October 1,2003 new applicants for educator credentials have been required to submit fingerprints to SBEC so that a national background check can be conducted by the FBI.
On June 7, 2006 TEA authorized the implementation of Fingerprint Applicant Services of Texas (FAST) to facilitate this requirement.
When an educator makes application to SBEC, he/she will be sent information regarding the FAST option along with a FAST pass that will allow the use of the DPS vendor (Identix) for fingerprinting purposes.
LISD strongly encourages applicants to the district to make use of the DPS vendor.