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Texas Teacher Certification Process

Get Certified to Teach in Texas

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Begin your overview course now while you investigate teaching and prepare your application. When you are ready to enroll, submit your official transcripts. Within 3 days you will be notified of your acceptance into the program. Once accepted you can enroll in the instructional courses immediately. The full breakdown of the teacher certification process is below.

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Start the Teacher Certification Process

Begin working on our “Professional Learning and the Path to Certification” course while you assemble your application. This is the first step in the teacher certification process.

  • Anyone can complete our first course, which provides an in-depth overview of teacher certification and includes a host of additional resources for prospective teachers. If you are interested in teaching, this course is a great way to explore the field and decide if a career as a teacher is right for you.
  • Work on this overview course while you prepare your online application.
  • Our online courses are designed to prepare anyone to be an excellent teacher. They are self-paced, do not require scheduled class meetings, and you can get started today.
  • Start the iteach overview course and begin your application for the iteach Teacher Certification program, at no cost. You will gain immediate access to your first training course upon application.

Texas Teacher Certification Training

Training with iteachTEXAS begins immediately upon completing the free application and start the overview course, 5000. Once you enroll, complete the following online, competency-based courses at your own pace.

  • 5100 – Learning Environments
  • 5200 – Learner Development
  • 5300 – Planning Instruction and Assessments
  • 5400 – Literacy and 21st Century Instruction
  • 5500 – Learner Differences and Special Needs
  • 5600 – Diverse Populations, English Language Learners and Bilingual Students
  • 5800 – Comprehensive Program Review

Within the iteachTEXAS course curriculum, educators will demonstrate the ability to integrate technology effectively into curricula and instruction  (TEPC 5300 – Planning for Instruction and Assessment, TEPC 5400 –  Literacy, 21st Century Instruction, and Pedagogical Content Knowledge).  The educator will also demonstrate effective use of technology to collect, manage, and analyze data to improve teaching and learning for the purpose of increasing student academic achievement (TEPC 5700 –  Your Field Experience).


You will complete a one-year (two semester) paid residency during which time you are employed full time as a teacher in your content field. In this position, you receive the salary and benefits of a first-year teacher.

Complete course 5700, a residency-specific course, during your first year in the classroom.


You must secure your own internship position through the district application/interview process. Prior to interviewing, you are required to be enrolled into the iteachTEXAS Educator Preparation Program with EDTC5300 completed and 30 hours of observation logged.

You may obtain a job placement in any public, charter or TEA recognized private school.


During the residency, you will be assigned an iteachTEXAS field supervisor who will make periodic classroom visits and work closely with the campus administration to ensure a successful teaching experience for you.


Some iteachTEXAS candidates elect to complete their field experience through a clinical teaching placement. This is an unpaid option similar to “student teaching.” The advantage of a clinical teaching placement is that it allows you to earn your Standard Teaching Certificate in as little as six months.

iteachTEXAS offers a 14-week, five-day-a-week, full-day clinical teaching option. Our statewide clinical program, which has limited enrollment period in the spring semester, is designed to provide a placement based on content areas in which you have demonstrated mastery. You must understand that during the clinical teaching time you are under the direction of the classroom cooperating teacher. Failure to follow the directions and guidance of the cooperating teacher will result in release from the program.

Clinical placement is secured by iteach on your behalf. You should not contact a school district directly to request a clinical placement.

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