You will find specific disclosures that are provided by the state to ensure you fully understand the background check requirements, the current teacher shortages and consumer information about iteachTEXAS.
Criminal History Background Check
Candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to employment as an educator and/or prior to clinical teaching.
iteachTEXAS does not offer an advisory opinion on one’s criminal history. Since we do not handle the background check, it would be purely speculative.
The Texas Administrative Code offers information regarding the issuance of certification to individuals with a criminal background.
It will be most difficult to impossible for an individual with certain misdemeanor or felony criminal records, deferred adjudication, or on probationary to obtain a field experience placement. If you have questions regarding your eligibility for hire, it may be in your best interest to consult with private counsel.
Under recent legislation (HB963-Guillen) SBEC is required to issue, upon request, criminal history evaluation letter to persons contemplating entering a profession requiring a license. This will help individuals to determine if they would likely be denied a license/certification because of the criminal histories.
For additional information please contact SBEC Customer Service
Monday – Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm CST
(512) 936-8400 local;
(888) 863-5880 toll free
Supply and Demand on the Educator Workforce
Each district will have unique teaching needs through the school year. You may find it difficult to secure a position, such as, EC-6 Core Subjects or a highly specialized content area, therefore it is imperative you visit with districts in your area to see what their areas of need are. You must make yourself as marketable as possible; iteachTEXAS encourages you to test in more than one content area if you have significant content knowledge pertaining to more than one content area.
Conflict Resolution Policy
iteachTEXAS continually strives to provide the best service possible. If you have any complaint regarding the iteachTEXAS program, please submit your concerns in writing within 10 working days of the occurrence to:
PO BOX 1626
Denton TX 76202
In an effort to resolve any issues, the program complaint policy must be the first course of action taken. Prior to filing or posting a complaint via a different entity, website, or publication, the candidate must first comply with the program complaint policy. No other party can used.
The written complaint must clearly state the facts that are the subject of the complaint. In your correspondence, please provide your current role (candidate, principal, etc.). Also citation of Texas Administrative Code, Texas Education Code or the Letter of Agreement violation must be included in the complaint.
The candidate’s concerns are shared with other members of the management team. A member of the management team will then visit with the candidate’s instructor, Field Supervisor and campus administrator, if applicable, and the candidate to gather all the facts related to the complaint. The candidate’s entire file will be provided to the Review Committee for review.
The candidate will be notified within 30 days of the decision of the Review Committee. This decision cannot be appealed