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  • Applications Checklist

    Pass the TExES exam http://www.tx.nesinc.com/  - Requirement changing 1/26/20

    Submit online application

    Submit all transcripts for review -  From every community college and university attended including dual credit coursework earned while in high school.

    Haberman online teacher pre-screener interview

    Acceptance letter

    Orientation

    If you have reason to believe that you may be ineligible for educator certification due to a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense, it is advised that you request a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation. For more information or to request a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation, visit the Texas Education Agency Website.

  • Admission Criteria

    • Bachelor’s degree conferred or in the last semester of college
    • 2.5 GPA cumulative in undergraduate coursework or within the last 60 hours
    • Passing score on a TExES exam – PACT (Pre-Admission Content Area Test) - Requirement changing 1/1/20
    • Submission of sealed transcripts
    • Passing score on program screening instrument
    • Signed acknowledgment of formal acceptance letter
  • For degrees conferred outside of the U.S.:

    You are required to have a complete transcript review by an approved Foreign Credential Evaluation Service.

    Link: http://goo.gl/tTV40P

     

    If English is not your first language:

    You must also take and pass the TOEFL iBT test, which measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level.

    Link: https://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/register/

    Submit transcripts, transcript evaluation, and passing TOEFL scores to toppstaff@esc20.net.

    Required TOEFL scores

    • Speaking 24
    • Listening 22
    • Reading 22
    • Writing 21
  • Earn your teacher certification or earn dual credit toward your administrative certification while working on your teacher certification.

    Admission Criteria

    • 2.5 GPA in Bachelor’s degree for teacher certification
    • 3.0 GPA in Master’s degree for administrative certification

    Cost

    • $1,600 for teacher certification program
    • $6,500 for administrative certification program

Statewide changes begin January 26, 2020

Q: Who does this change affect?
A: If you are seeking admission into a Texas Educator Preparation Program that requires the PACT exam in January 2020, then the new change will affect you.
 
Q: Who does the change NOT affect?
A1: If you have already taken and passed your TEXES exam
A2: If you are currently admitted into a Texas Education Prep Program
A3: If you are already a certified teacher in the state of Texas
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