Texas Teaching Certifications

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Information currently listed:

  • Journalism Teaching Endorsement: Yes and No - Texas does not have Journalism curriculum covered in the middle school grades. Texas does have a Journalism certificate for high school.
  • Pass state assessment or certification test/s (tests needed): The Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) exam specifically created for Texas.
  • NCATE or National Accreditation required: Yes - According to the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 230, Subchapter M (a), only credits and degrees acceptable for certification of educators are those earned from and conferred by institutions of higher education that at the time were accredited or otherwise approved by an accrediting organization recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. All credit hour requirements for certification are semester credit hours or their equivalent.
  • Accepts candidates from states participating in the NASDTEC Interstate Contract: Texas DOES belong to the NASDTEC Interstate Contract (Teachers, Administrators, and Vocational).

Resources currently listed:

Information from:

Ruth Smith, Ruth.Smith@tea.state.tx.us

People with specific questions should call 512-936-8400 and select Option #2 to talk to a certification specialist.

Individuals may access information at the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website.