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Teacher Certification

Teacher Certification

The following information is provided by the Bastrop ISD Human Resources regarding certification requirements for teacher applicants and current employees. For additional information, please contact: Noelia Rodea at (512) 772-7156 or nrodea@bisdtx.org

BASTROP ISD REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYMENT

To be employed by Bastrop ISD, the applicant must provide the HR Department with:

  1. Official Transcripts
  2. Texas Teaching Certificate or Out of State Teaching Certificate
  3. Provide a Statement of Eligibility through an Alternative Certification/University Based  Program
  4. Passed the required content test in subject or area to be Highly Qualified under the No Child Left Behind Act
  5. Passed the ExCET or TExES exam for the No Child Left Behind Act
Please make sure that your Texas Education Profile (TEA) is up to date with your current information.  You can access your TEA profile by clicking on the link below and then following the steps on the link. 
 
Click on Teal login, login with your username and password
 

BASIC REQUIREMENTS ON HOW TO BECOME A TEACHER IN TEXAS

  1. You must have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.   (The only exemption from the degree requirement is for individuals seeking Career and Technology certification to teach Career and Technology Courses)
  2. You must complete a teacher training through an approved Program.
  3. You must successfully complete the appropriate teacher certification tests for the subject and grade level you wish to teach.
 

TESTING FOR CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

TExES/ExCET Exams

All teachers in the state of Texas are required by TEA to complete State Mandated Exams before being eligible for certification and to be considered Highly Qualified under the No Child Left behind Act.  Registration instructions, test dates and study guides are available at www.texes.ets.org 

TEXAS ORAL PROFICIENCY TEST

The TOPT/BTLPT/LOTE exams are required for Bilingual, Spanish, or French Teachers along with the TExES/ExCET exams. Registration instructions, test dates and study guides are available at www.texes.ets.org

OUT OF STATE CERTIFICATE

Teachers who are employed in Bastrop ISD who hold an out-of-state certificate must apply online through the TEA for a review of out-of-state credentials and a one-year certificate. After applying online, the teacher will receive a notice from the TEA indicating that the out-of-state certificate has met the Texas standards for a Texas credential. Finger prints are required for issuance of the one-year certificate.

The one-year certificate will be sent to the teacher shortly after notification from the TEA. The teacher must pass all state mandated tests as indicated on the review during the validity dates of the one-year certificate. However, prior to employment, No Child Left Behind requirements must be met by either passing the content exam, college major in specific subject  for secondary level assignments, or evaluate transcripts for twenty-four hours of college course work with twelve hours of upper level course work (must be evaluated by certification office).  After taking and passing all required exams, the teacher is required to go back to the website and apply for the 5 year Standard certification. During the validity of the 5 year certificate, the teacher must complete a minimum of 150 professional development hours before the Standard certificate can be renewed. The teacher will receive a notice from the TEA several months before the 5 year Standard certificate expires to renew the certificate. Educators must keep their TEA profile updated at all times at www.tea.texas.gov.


EMERGENCY/TCAP PERMITS

Employees must follow the TEA guidelines to eligible to be placed on a permit.  

STANDARD CERTIFICATE RENEWAL

The renewal date of a standard certificate shall be five years after the last day of the certificate holder's next birth month. For example, an educator born in March who is issued a certificate in December 1999 would be subject to renewal requirements in March 2005.   An educator may apply for renewal as early as six months prior to the expiration date of the standard certificate.  

RE-VALIDATING A LIFETIME CERTIFICATE

OPTION 1:  THEA

An examination regarding three components: reading, writing, and math.  You will only need to take the reading and writing portions. Once you successfully complete the test and you receive your official score report you will need to contact educator certification after you have completed the test.

OPTION 2:  ExCET or TExES

Pass the ExCET or TExES examination in another content area.  Once you successfully complete the test and your scores are in your TEA account you will need to contact educator certification, we will then verify the test results and revalidate your certificate.

Approved Programs under Region 13

Teachers who are going through an Alternative Certification Program must meet that program requirements before being hired in a school district.  For more informatin regarding an Approved Program, you can contact the program directly at the contact numbers listed below.

 

Austin Community College                                                                             

Teacher Preparation and Certification Program 
5930 MIDDLE FISKVILLE RD
AUSTIN, TX 78752
Phone: (512) 223-7649
 
Fax: (512) 223-7030

Concordia University 
11400 CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY DR
AUSTIN, TX 78726
Phone: (512) 313-3000
 
Fax: (512) 313-3999

 

Educators of Excellence ACP 
3901 SHOAL CREEK BLVD
AUSTIN, TX 78756
Phone: (512) 358-8824
 
Fax: (512) 369-1980

 

Huston-Tillotson University 
900 CHICON ST
AUSTIN, TX 78702
Phone: (512) 505-3164
 
Fax: (512) 505-3190

Pflugerville ISD 
1401 W PECAN ST
PFLUGERVILLE, TX 78660-2518
Phone: (512) 594-0000
 
Fax: (512) 594-0005

 

Region 13 Education Service Center 
5701 SPRINGDALE RD
AUSTIN, TX 78723-3675
Phone: (512) 919-5313
 
Fax: (512) 919-5232

 

Southwestern University 
1001 E UNIVERSITY AVE
GEORGETOWN, TX 78626
Phone: (512) 863-1476
 
Fax: (512) 863-1535

 

St Edward's University 
3001 S CONGRESS AVE
AUSTIN, TX 78704-6489
Phone: (512) 448-8651
 
Fax: (512) 448-8492

 

Texas Alternative Certification Program at Austin 
601 S BAKER
LEANDER, TX 78641
Phone: (888) 946-8322
 

Texas Lutheran University 
1000 W COURT ST
SEGUIN, TX 78155-5999
Phone: (830) 372-6050
 
Fax: (830) 372-6263

 

Texas State University 
601 UNIVERSITY DR
SAN MARCOS, TX 78666
Phone: (512) 245-8306
 
Fax: (512) 245-8142

 

Texas Teachers

5599 San Felipe Street

Suite 1425

Houston, TX  77056

Phone: (713) 458-1660

Fax: (713) 458-1661

Training via E-Learning: An Alternative Certification Hybrid (T.E.A.C.H.) 
P O BOX 141473
AUSTIN, TX 78714
Phone: (512) 928-8423
 

University of Texas - Austin 
SZB 216
AUSTIN, TX 78712
Phone: (512) 471-3485
 
Fax: (512) 475-8159

 

For links to any additional information listed, please visit the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website at:

www.tea.state.tx.us  under the tab, Educator Certification.