Overview of Texas Certification Requirements

Individuals Seeking Initial Certification

For initial teacher certification in Texas, all candidates must:

For details on additional routes to certification, see the TEA website.

Certified Individuals Seeking Certification in Texas

  • If you have taken a Praxis II® test and are certified in a state other than Texas, you must have your credentials reviewed by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). To have your credentials reviewed:

    • Go to the TEA website and create an Educator Profile.
    • Complete an online application for review of credentials.
    • Submit the appropriate documents by mail to TEA using score recipient code 8325.

      Texas Education Agency (TEA)
      Division of Educator Standards
      Room 5-100
      1701 North Congress Avenue
      Austin, TX 78701-1494

Individuals Seeking Entrance into an Educator Preparation Program in Texas

  • If you hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and have not yet been admitted into an Educator Preparation Program (EPP) in Texas, you can register to take Pre-Admission Content Tests (PACT)* through the Praxis® program for purposes of admission into the following types of EPPs:

    • alternative certification programs
    • university alternative certification programs
    • university post-baccalaureate programs (without content courses)

*PACT is not for use by out-of-state educators applying for certification in Texas. Out-of-state educators applying for certification in Texas must have their credentials reviewed by TEA. (See above.)

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