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1 EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY KERRI ELZIE CERTIFICATION SPECIALIST 1

2 TEA Website - TEAL and ECOS Assignment Rules New Certificates and Tests Bilingual, ESL and Special Education Health Science Technology Changes Educational Aides 2

3 Certification Required Texas Education Code Section CERTIFICATION REQUIRED. (a) A person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit. 3

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5 TEA Login TEAL Educators and entities must set up a new TEAL account to log in to the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS) TEAL is a more secure login portal for ECOS. Your Name in TEAL must match the name in ECOS and your picture ID card, such as a driver s license Educators must request access to ECOS for Educators. Entity users must request access to ECOS for Entities. 5

6 Applying for Certification After establishing a TEAL account, educators must create or update an ECOS profile. ECOS is where educators and entities: Apply for Certificates and Permits Check the Status of a Certificate or Permit View Examinations Taken View and Print a Copy of a Certificate or Permit NOTE: TEA no longer prints or mails certificates. 6

7 Assignment Rules Texas Administrative Code Chapter 231 Certification options for most assignments New Technology Applications courses added Reorganization to facilitate future revisions Minor changes for clarity NOTE: Assignment rules do not always align with No Child Left Behind (NCLB) for Highly Qualified Teachers 7

8 Elementary PK-6 Appropriate certificate for the grade level and subject areas of the assignment. Elementary Self-Contained PK-6, 1-6, 1-8 Early Childhood PK-K Generalist EC-4, Bilingual or ESL Gen EC-4 Generalist EC-6, Bilingual or ESL Gen EC-6 Generalist 4-8, Bilingual or ESL Gen 4-8 All-Level or EC-12 in the subject taught 8

9 Middle School 6-8 Elementary Self-Contained 1-8 plus 18 semester hours in the subject taught Generalist EC-6, Bilingual or ESL Gen EC-6 6 th grade only Generalist 4-8, Bilingual or ESL Gen 4-8 English Language Arts/Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies only, or 4-8 certificates for specific subjects. Secondary 6-12 or All-Level plus 18 semester hours in the subject taught Secondary, Grades 6-12, Grades 7-12 or Grades 8-12 in the subject taught All-Level or EC-12 in the subject taught 9

10 High School 9-12 Secondary 6-12 Grades 6-12 Grades 7-12 New! Grades 8-12 All-Level or EC-12 Check Chapter 231 for acceptable choices for each assignment 10

11 New 7-12 Certificates Current 8-12 Certificate Chemistry: 8-12 English Language Arts and Reading: 8-12 History: 8-12 New 7-12 Certificate Chemistry: 7-12 new test English Language Arts and Reading: 7-12 new test History: 7-12 new test Journalism: 8-12 Journalism: 7-12 Life Science: 8-12 Life Science: 7-12 new test Mathematics: 8-12 Mathematics: 7-12 new test Physics/Mathematics: 8-12 Physics/Mathematics: 7-12 Science: 8-12 Science: 7-12 new test Social Studies: 8-12 Social Studies: 7-12 new test Technology Applications: 8-12 Technology Applications:

12 New 6-12 Certificates Current 8-12 Certificate Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: 8-12 New 6-12 Certificate Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: 6-12 Physical Science: 8-12 Physical Science: 6-12 new test 12

13 New Tests Continuous Administration Tests: History 7-12 (233) Life Science 7-12 (238) Mathematics 7-12 (235) Science 7-12 (236) Social Studies 7-12 (232) First TExES administration 9/3/13 Limited Administration Tests: English Language Arts and Reading 7-12 (231) First TExES administration 10/16/13 10/19/13 Chemistry 7-12 (240) Physical Science 6-12 (237) First TExES administration 10/23/13 10/26/13 13

14 Bilingual Education Classroom certificate at the grade level and in the subject areas taught, plus a bilingual endorsement or bilingual supplemental certificate Elementary or Generalist plus a bilingual supplemental certificate or endorsement Bilingual PK-6 or 1-6 Bilingual Generalist EC-4, EC-6,

15 Bilingual Education, uncertified Probationary Certificate: Hold a bachelor s degree Enrolled in an approved Texas educator preparation program Generalist Test Passed for Grade Level and Subject Areas to be Taught EC-6 or 4-8 AND Bilingual Test Passed Bilingual Supplemental or Appropriate Bilingual Generalist AND Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) or the American Council for Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Emergency Permit for a certified teacher 3 semester hours in bilingual education AND 6 semester hours in the language of the target population AND BTLPT or ACTFL passed 15

16 English as a Second Language-ESL ESL PK-12 Old standalone certificate issued through alternative programs ESL (endorsement) Old certificate valid for the grade level of the base certificates ESL Supplemental valid for the grade level and subject areas of the base certificates ESL Generalist certificates EC-4, EC-6, or 4-8 Special Note: A bilingual certificate is acceptable for an ESL assignment. 16

17 Special Education Special Education EC-12 Special Education Supplemental valid for the grade level and subject areas of base certificates Generic Special Education grade level varies Older Categorical areas, such as Emotionally Disturbed, Mentally Retarded, Language and/or Learning Disabilities, Physically Handicapped Visually Impaired or Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments Hearing Impaired or Deaf/Hard of Hearing plus Texas Assessment of Sign Communication (TASC) 17

18 Career and Technical Education CTE certificates are meant for assignments where students are preparing for specific occupations. Some CTE certificates require prior wageearning experience and licensure. Some CTE certificates do not require prior wage-earning experience or licensure. 18

19 Trade and Industrial Education With a degree 3 years of wage-earning experience earned within the past 8 years Without a degree 5 years of wage-earning experience earned within the past 8 years In some cases, an occupational license is required, such as in cosmetology or law enforcement. An educator preparation program must be completed. 19

20 Marketing Education Bachelor s degree and 2 years of wage-earning experience in sales Initial certification Educator Preparation Program Additional certification by exam with approved work experience 20

21 Health Science Technology House Bill 3573 Associate s or more advanced degree Current license, certification, or registration by a nationally recognized accrediting agency as a health professions practitioner Two years of wage-earning experience using the license Appropriate TExES exams and teacher program TAC rules are under revision 21

22 CTE Certificates Without Wage-Earning Experience Agriculture Business Family and Consumer Science Technology Education Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) 22

23 Out-of-State Certified Apply online for a review of credentials $180 Out-of-state certificates Official Transcripts NOTE: TEA no longer accepts school district verified transcript copies, but we can accept electronic transcripts sent directly to TEA from E-Script. Tests required One-Year Certificate possible 23

24 Out-of-Country Certified Apply online for a review of credentials $180 Letter of Professional Standing Foreign Credential Evaluation English language proficiency - TOEFL-iBT 26 on the Speaking - Degree from a university where English is the language of instruction 24

25 Educational Aides TAC Chapter 230, Subchapter E - An individual employed in a Texas school district as an educational aide must be certified by the SBEC. Educational Aide I, II, or III based on qualifications and duties of the position Aide applies online and is recommended by the employing school district. A valid Texas classroom teaching certificate is acceptable for an educational aide assignment. 25

26 Contact Us Option 1 TEAL Support Option 2 Certification Option 3 Fingerprinting Option 4 Examinations Option 6 Investigations 26

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