Anyone seeking educator certification in Texas must pass examinations of professional knowledge and subject content approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). In addition to passing the appropriate certification examinations, applicants for a Texas educator certificate must satisfy other requirements by following one of the several routes to educator certification listed below and must apply for certification using the Online Services for Educators link that is accessible from the SBEC website at www.sbec.state.tx.us
Routes to Educator Certification
These programs are usually delivered as part of a baccalaureate degree program; however, most colleges and universities, also, have programs designed to prepare people who already hold a bachelor's and want to obtain educator certification. The only exemption from the degree requirement is for individuals seeking Career and Technology certification in certain courses such as welding or automotive technology. Since university-based programs may vary by institution, individuals should contact the college or university of their choice for degree and/or certification requirements.
Alternative Programs for Educator Preparation
Some institutions of higher education, school districts, regional service centers, community colleges, and other entities have been approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) to operate alternative programs of preparation for teachers. These programs may involve university coursework or other professional development experiences as well as intense mentoring and supervision during the candidate's first year as an educator. Many of these programs can be completed in a year, during which time an individual may hold a paid teaching position in a public school classroom. A list of these programs can be found at www.sbec.state.tx.us under "Approved Programs".
Additional Certification Based on Examination
A teacher who holds an appropriate Texas classroom teaching certificate and a bachelor's degree may add classroom certification areas by successfully completing the appropriate certification examination(s) for the area(s) sought. Certification by examination is not available for the following:
Teachers wishing to add certification by examination must apply online and pay for the certification online after passing the appropriate exam(s).
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