Public schools must ensure that individuals serving in positions requiring educator certification hold the appropriate Texas credential. The purpose of this page is to provide a brief overview of relevant certification and assignment information districts need when making hiring decisions.
Hiring and Assignment Frequently Asked Questions
The following information can assist school district personnel in determining an individual’s eligibility for an assignment in a Texas public school.
The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) eliminates the need to verify highly qualified teacher status for the 2016-2017 school year.
This information can assist the school district with assignment requirements.
1. What is the PEIMS name and code for the assignment?
Texas Education Data Standards PEIMS for 2016-2017 can be found on the TEA website by selecting TSDS on the top of the webpage.
2. Where can I find requirements for innovative courses?
Information for innovative courses can be found on the TEA website by selecting Curriculum & Instructional Materials.
3. How do I find the certificate that covers the assignment?
Assignment information can be found in the Texas Administrative Code and the Teacher Assignment Chart (PDF, 585 KB). This information will let you know which certificates can be used to teach a particular course.
4. How do I verify an educator's certification?
School district personnel with access to the Secure Educator Certification Online System (ECOS), often known as the "Green Screen” can verify any educator certification with the educator’s social security number or TEA ID number. When verifying a certificate we recommend using Internet Explorer, other browsers may not reflect the latest certification information .
5. How do I give exam approval for educators who want to add areas by exam that require work experience?
School districts now have the option to review work experience for marketing, health science, and trades and industrial education certificates. School districts are not required to offer this service; educators must verify with their districts. Educators and school districts can find detailed instructions on the TEA website.
6. I work in the Human Resource Division at my district, how do I obtain access to the secure Educator Certification Online System (ECOS)?
If you work in the Human Resource Division of your district and have been advised to apply for secure access, please review TEAL Access Instructions for ECOS Entity Users (PDF, 1.43MB). These instructions are not for an educator's personal ECOS account.
This section can help determine the eligibility for an educator enrolled in an educator preparation program (EPP) but not yet certified or certified educators not covered for a specific assignment.
1. How does an educator obtain a probationary certificate?
An educator must be enrolled in an approved Texas EPP to obtain a probationary certificate. The educator must contact their EPP to determine their eligibility for a probationary certificate.
2. How will I know if someone is eligible for a probationary certificate?
The educator’s program will provide the individual with a statement of eligibility (SOE). Once the individual has been issued a probationary certificate, you can verify the certificate online through ECOS.
3 What do I need to know about permits?
There are three types of permits, emergency, non-renewable and temporary classroom assignment permits (TCAP).
4. When and how do I apply for a permit?
Permits for the 2016-2017 school year should be submitted July 1, 2016 or later. Applications prior to this date will process for the previous school year. School district personnel with permit access to the secure Educator Certification Online System (ECOS) can submit a permit application.
5. Can I request a permit for a certified educator?
Certified teachers not covered for a teaching assignment may need to be placed on an emergency permit or TCAP for one school year to allow them to pass the appropriate test.
6. Can administrators and student services personnel be placed on a permit?
Administrators may be eligible for a probationary certificate. They would need to obtain a statement of eligibility from their educator preparation program. Student Services positions, such as counselor, librarian, or educational diagnostician, may be eligible for a probationary certificate or emergency permit.
7. Can I hire an educator with a certificate from outside of Texas?
Educators who are certified in another state or another country must apply for a review of credentials. In most cases additional testing will be required. A One-Year Certificate is often possible for these educators following a successful review of credentials.
All educators must meet requirements for English Language Proficiency.
8. How do I submit a request for an expedited review of credentials for an out-of-state educator?
Requests for an expedited review may be submitted for an educator with a pending contract. Before submitting the request you must have verified with TEA that all documents have been received and have been scanned into the educator's file. You may do this by contacting TEA through the help desk or by calling 512-936-8400 extension 2. Due to the volume of mail submitted, we are unable to search for documents.They must be scanned into the educator's account at the time of the request.
Educational Aide Assignments
This information can be helpful when determining appropriate requirements for educational aides.
1. Are there any additional requirements for educational aides?
Educational aides must still meet the highly qualified requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) for the 2016-2017 school year. District personnel, must have access to the secure ECOS screen and have approval to recommend for an educational aide certificate. This access is granted by the authorized representative of the district.
2. How does someone apply for an educational aide certificate?
The individual will need to set up online TEAL and ECOS accounts. Once they are in the ECOS account, they would select the Applications tab and then Educational Aide Certificate and follow the prompts to apply and pay the fee.