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Educator Certification has created two step-by-step guides to walk educators through the TEA Login (TEAL) and Educator Certification Online System (ECOS) set up and log in process. If you have trouble setting up your account, you may contact your ESC representative. Educator Certification provides information and assistance for educators, school districts, and the public.
Certification information for Texas teachers and those seeking Texas certification:
Assignment information for Texas teachers and school districts:
Helpful links and information related to Texas certification:
New Certification Visitor Hours Beginning May 16, 2016During our peak season, May through September, the TEA Certification division is available to meet with walk-in visitors during the following times:Tuesday - Friday 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Individuals are encouraged to call the Educator Certification division at 512-936-8400, option 2, or email Educator Certification and Testing, before stopping by the agency since many questions can be handled over the telephone or through email.
Printable Version of Educator Certificates no longer availableEffective March 11, 2016, the printable version of educator certificates are no longer available through the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS). The virtual certificate is considered to be the official record of educator certification in Texas that satisfies the Texas Education Code, §21.053(a). All current, expired and inactive certificates will be displayed. The official record of any educator’s certificate is maintained on the Texas Education Agency website through Certificate Lookup.
A social security number (SSN) is now required to complete fingerprinting. Please visit the Social Security Administration for information regarding SSNs.The TEA will issue a temporary number for educators that do not have a SSN. The temporary number allows an educator to create a TEA Login (TEAL) account and access the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS).
TEAL and Educator Certification Online System (ECOS) Step-by-Step Access Instructions for Educators (PDF, 1.07 MB)
2016 - 2017 School Year - State Minimum Salary Schedule
Customer ServiceMonday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time512-936-8400 Phone Options:Option 1 TEAL Support/Account AccessOption 2 Educator Certification/Testing May - September, Certification walk-in visitors hours are: Tuesday - Friday 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM - 4:00 PMOption 3 Fingerprinting SupportOption 4 Highly QualifiedOption 5 Educator Preparation ProgramsOption 6 Investigations Option 8 General Information
For help with account access, visit the TEA Help Desk.