Out-of-State Certified Educators

If you hold a standard certificate issued by another state or United States territory and are seeking certification in Texas you must apply for a review of credentials.

Application Information

  1. Create an online account.
  2. Complete an application and pay the $164 non-refundable fee.
  3. Submit official transcripts from all colleges.
  4. Submit copies of all certificates.

Important Note for Educators with Student Services or Administration Certification

If you hold a student services or administration certificate but do not hold a classroom teaching certificate, you will need to submit documentation of two years of acceptable school experience in the area of your certification. You must send acceptable documentation on an official school service record (PDF, MB 1.01).

Electronic Certificate Submissions

You may now submit your out-of-state certificate through email. Out-of-Country documents will not be accepted electronically. Transcripts may not be submitted by email they will be deleted and treated as spam.

Allow up to 3 to 4 weeks to confirm receipt of documents submitted by email.

Results of the Review

Once the review of credentials is completed you will receive the results by email. The email will include the required tests for standard certificates and your eligibility for a one-year non-renewable certificate.

Comparable Out-of-State Tests

If a test you completed is on the comparable out-of-state test chart, you must contact the testing company to have official scores sent to TEA for a possible test exemption. You must still apply for a review of credentials. Comparable exam scores will not be considered without a review of credentials. 

One-Year Certificate

Once you have completed the review of credentials, you may be issued a One-Year non-renewable certificate. You may apply for the One-Year certificate at the same time as your review of credentials or after the review of credentials has been completed. While your One-Year certificate is valid, you must complete all appropriate tests to establish the standard certificate.

Standard Certificate

You must apply for a standard certificate once all requirements are met.