Certification

  • The following information is provided by the Texas Education Agency regarding certification requirements for teacher applicants.  

    For additional information, contact: Noelia Rodea at (512) 772-7156 or nrodea@bisdtx.org.

    BECOME A CLASSROOM TEACHER IN TEXAS

    1. Obtain a Bachelor’s Degree - You must earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
    2. Complete an Educator Preparation Program - If you do not hold a degree you must complete a university program. If you hold a degree you may contact an Alternative Certification Program or Post Baccalaureate program.
    3. Pass Certification Exams - You must pass the appropriate teacher certification exams. Contact your program for exam approval.
    4. Submit a State Application – You must apply to be certified after all requirements are met. Do not apply until you have verified with your program that you are eligible.
    5. Complete Fingerprinting – All first-time applicants must be fingerprinted as part of a national criminal background check.

    University Based Programs

    University programs offer a route to educator certification while earning a degree at the same time. These programs also allow a person with a bachelor’s degree or higher to complete the requirements for an educator certificate with university coursework. In some cases, people with a bachelor’s degree can earn an advanced degree in addition to completing the requirements for a certificate.

    Alternative Certification Program

     Alternative certification programs (ACP’s) offer a nontraditional route to certification that may allow you to teach while completing the requirements. These programs are located in universities, school districts, education service centers, community colleges, and private entities.

    List of Approved Educator Preparation Program.

     Becoming an Educational Aide in Texas

    You must first be employed by a school district before being eligible to apply for an Educational Aide certificate. Contact your employing school district for application instructions.

    Educational Aide I requirements

    • Must be a high school graduate or hold a General Educational Development (GED) certificate
    • Have experience working with students or parents as approved by the employing superintendent
    • Experience may be work in church-related schools, day camps, youth groups, private schools, licensed day-care centers, or similar experience.

    Educational Aide II requirements

    • Must be a high school graduate or hold a General Educational Development (GED) certificate  
    • Have satisfied one of the following requirements
    • Have two creditable years of experience as an Educational Aide I; or
    • Have a minimum of 15 semester hours of college credit with some emphasis on child growth and development or related subject areas; or
    • Have demonstrated proficiency in a specialized skill area as determined by the local school district; and
    • Have experience working with students or parents as approved by the employing superintendent

    Education Aide III requirements

    • Must be a high school graduate or hold a General Educational Development (GED) certificate; have satisfied one of the following requirements:
    • Have three creditable years of experience as either an Educational Aide I or II; or
    • Have 30 semester hours of college credit with some emphasis on child growth and development or related subject areas; and
    • Have experience working with students or parents as approved by the employing superintendent 

    HIGHLY QUALIFIED EDUCATIONAL AIDE

    While the recent re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), now known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), removed the stipulation that all teachers meet highly qualified (HQ) requirements, these requirements were left in place for educational aides at Title I campuses in the enacted legislation.

    We are now required to update the entry qualifications section on the job descriptions for all instructional aides at Title I campuses to read as follows:

    ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS:  

    • Education equivalent to completion of 48 semester hours at an institution of higher education; or
    • Completion of an associate’s degree (or higher); or
    • Completion of a formal academic assessment. Three months of related experience is required."

    Applicants who have met any of these requirements will need to turn in their transcript or a copy of their degree to HR to keep in their personnel file.

    Applicants that do not meet the entry qualifications may register for the Paraprofessional Certification Training.

Approved Programs under Region 13
  • 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.