Steps to Educator Certification - Classroom Teacher, Student Services, and Administrator Certificates

In order to obtain an initial Standard classroom certificate in Texas, one must go through an approved Educator Preparation Program.

Individuals seeking a Student Services certificate (Educational Diagnostician, School Counselor, or School Librarian) or Administrator certificate (Principal or Superintendent) cannot obtain these certificates through the Certification-by-Examination route offered by the state of Texas. Therefore, these candidates must complete an approved Educator Preparation Program leading to the desired Student Services or Administrator certificate.

State requirements can and do change. It is the student's responsibility to check with their program advisor for any changes in program and state certification requirements to ensure eligibility.

All candidates seeking certification with the state of Texas must submit an online application directly to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). You can review the How to Apply section below for step-by-step instructions on this process.

The general steps to becoming certified in any area are:

1) Apply and be admitted to a UNT Educator Preparation Program.
2) Pass all required state certification exams (coming soon - exam sequences for each certification area).
3) Complete all certification program requirements, including Clinical Practice (Student Teaching/Internship/Practicum).
4) Appropriate grades and degree(s) posted to official UNT transcripts.
5) Apply for a Standard Certificate through the Texas Education Agency website.
   a. Pay all applicable fees 
   b. Complete fingerprinting
6) Recommended to the state by UNT.

 


Frequently Asked Questions - Applying for Certification, Fingerprinting & Recommendation

Requirements for Educator Certification (Classroom Teacher, Student Services, and Administrator Certificates) Based on UNT program

Deficiency Plan Request Forms and Candidate Transfer Forms

 


 When to Apply for Your Standard Certificate(s)

Students should apply for their Standard Certificate at the end of their final semester, after they have completed Student Teaching/Internship/Practicum, and passed all required state certification exams. Students should not apply if they have not completed all program requirements, including Student Teaching/Internship/Practicum requirements, or have not passed all required state certification exams. Do not apply early - your application will be removed. Students who apply early and have not passed all required certification exams will have their application removed.

If you have not taken your TExES exam(s), visit the UNT TExES Advising Office website, and review the TExES Exam Registration guide for step-by-step instructions on how to register for TExES exams.


How to Apply for Your Standard Certificate(s)

Do not apply early - your application will be removed.

Students completing certification program requirements December 2018 can begin applying for certification on Friday, December 7.

1. Review the Applying for Certification and Fingerprinting guide. This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to submit an application.

2. Go to www.tea.texas.gov.

3. Log into your educator (TEAL) account. If you have not set up your account, the system will prompt you to create one. For more information, please review the TEAL Access Guide. This guide will help you set up your TEAL account and obtain your TEA ID number. 

4. The TEA will ask you to select a recommending entity from a drop-down menu on your application. You will find your appropriate recommending entity on page 6 of the Applying for Certification and Fingerprinting guide provided above. You must read and follow page 6 of the guide carefully. Incorrect applications will be removed and you will be required to reapply and complete a refund request directly through the TEA.

5. Pay all applicable fees and complete the fingerprinting process. (Some Educator Certification Fees Waived for Military Families)


The Typical Process for Certification is as Follows:

  • Student applies to the Texas Education Agency (TEA), pays applicable fee(s), and completes fingerprinting process.
  • Student receives TEA system-generated email acknowledging submitted application.
  • Entity reviews application and submits recommendation after verifying all program and state certification requirements have been met.
  • Student receives TEA system-generated email stating they have been recommended by entity.
  • TEA runs criminal background check on applicant.
  • Applicant is certified if background check is clear.

Contact Information

Educator Preparation Office
Matthews Hall Room 119
www.coe.unt.edu/educator-preparation-office
Phone: (940) 565-4226
Fax: (940) 565-2921
Email: coe-adep@unt.edu 

TExES Advising Office
Matthews Hall Room 119F
www.coe.unt.edu/texes
Phone: (940) 369-8601
Fax: (940) 565-2921
Email: coe-tao@unt.edu