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Frequently Ask Questions

Do I need to submit my TExES exam scores to the Teacher Development Center (TDC)?

Students do not need to submit their TExES exam scores to the TDC. ETS (the testing company) will report your scores directly to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The TDC can view your TExES exam scores through the TEA website for recommendation purposes.

When may I apply for certification?

When you enter into the last 2-3 weeks of your clinical teaching (formerly known as student teaching), you may apply for certification, pay the certification application fee as well as complete and pay the fee for fingerprinting.

When will I be recommended for certification by the Teacher Development Center (TDC)?

Undergraduates: If you have successfully applied for your Texas Teachers Certificate with the TEA, you will be recommended for certification when your degree is posted by the Registrar’s Office (on average, 4 weeks after graduation). You will receive an automatic email from the TEA to the email address you listed in your TEA profile saying you were recommended for certification. Once you receive that email, it will take TEA 5-10 business days to post your certificate in your TEA account for viewing and/or printing.

Post-Baccalaureates: If you have successfully applied for your Texas Teachers Certificate with the TEA, you will be recommended for certification when your University Field Supervisor has posted your grade for clinical teaching (formerly known as student teaching.) You will receive an automatic email from the TEA to the email address you listed in your TEA profile saying you were recommended for certification. Once you receive that email, it will take the TEA 5-10 business days to post your certificate in your TEA account for viewing and/or printing.

How will I know when I have been recommended?

TEA will send you a confirmation e-mail once you have been recommended by the TDC. This e-mail will be sent to the address you have listed in your TEA account.

When will I receive my certificate?

Certificates are viewable online through your TEA account. You will not be notified once your certificate has been awarded.

Why should I apply for certification if I don’t plan on teaching right away?

It is important to apply for teacher certification once you have completed all program requirements because the state is continuously updating/changing available teaching certificates and their requirements. If your certification track no longer exists when you apply for certification, you may be required to complete additional coursework and/or testing in order to be eligible for recommendation by the TDC.

How do I transfer my teaching credential(s) to Texas?

You will work directly with the TEA to transfer your teaching credential(s) from out-of-state or out-of-country.

How do I transfer my teaching credential(s) to another state?

Please check the respective state education agency website for requirements. Educator Preparation Program verification forms should be sent to the Teacher Development Center for completion. Please provide name and address where the completed form(s) should be returned.

Do I need to redo my fingerprints if I was fingerprinted as a
substitute teacher?

No. If you completed Substitute Teacher Fingerprints during your Professional Development Sequence, then you have fulfilled the Fingerprinting Requirement. However, you may need to contact the TEA to link your fingerprints to your TEA Certification Application

Will I find a job during the first year?

On average, almost 90% of our accepted applicants who commit to summer academy have found employment during their first year, however, since 2008 economic stresses in many school districts slowed hiring rates. As a result, job availability is even more dependent on your certification area. Look at our certification areas section to determine which positions are high-need.

How soon can I teach?

You are eligible to teach as soon as you are accepted. This process can be completed in a very short time frame depending on your educational background. While school districts do post and fill some openings during the school year, the majority of job openings are filled during the summer months.

How do I know what I can teach?

First, think about the age children you want to teach (elementary, middle school, high school). Next consider what subject you enjoy most. If you have a major that is different than the subject or grade level you want to teach, you can take and pass a content test to prove proficiency.

Do I have to pass a test to start training?

While many individuals require a passed TExES exam to gain acceptance to training, those who earned a college major in the area of certification they wish to teach can often enter training and even accept a teaching position before taking the TExES content exam.

I passed my content test. What next?

Once you´ve passed your content test and your online interview you should receive an acceptance letter from ECAP. Once this letter is received, it´s time to start looking for a job if you haven´t already done so. If you have already applied at school districts, make sure you update your applications at this time.



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