Educator Preparation Home

Welcome to the Texas Education Agency's (TEA) home page for educator preparation. For general information for educator preparation programs and the Texas Administrative Code governing educator preparation programs, see General Program Information. Educators must meet high standards and be well-prepared to teach in the classrooms of this state.

Providing a quality education for all Texas children requires partnerships among TEA, educator preparation program providers, public and private schools, institutions of higher education and the community. The Texas Education Agency is committed to ensuring quality educator preparation programs that recruit and prepare qualified educators who meet the needs of all learners in today's and tomorrow's Texas classrooms. 

Educator Standards Updates

TEAL and Educator Certification Online System (ECOS) Step-by-Step Access Instructions for Educators (PDF, 20.6 MB)  

Dyslexia requirements for EPP's

All university candidates completing a EPP program must receive instruction in detection and education of students with dyslexia as required the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) [TAC RULE §228.35 (4)]  

Educational Aide Exemption Program

Please note the following update. Although funding for the program ended Aug. 31, 2011, individual public higher education institutions may still grant the tuition and fees exemption, at their own expense, pursuant to the eligibility requirements of Texas Education Code (TEC) 54.214.

Overall, there is no general exemption from student teaching for educational aides, but if an aide received a TEC 54.214 exemption in the past or receives one in the future while pursuing his or her bachelor’s degree, TEC 21.050(c) requires that student teaching requirements for the aide be waived. Please note the exemption can only be granted if the public higher education institution provides for all the tuition and fees. If student teaching is waived, documentation relating to a candidate’s TEC 54.214 exemption should be retained by an educator preparation program for a period of five years, as required by 19 Texas Administrative Code 228.40(d), since it will be needed to evidence the candidate’s completion of all program requirements.

Going forward, please note TEC 54.214 was amended by the 82nd Legislature, Special Session with regard to new persons receiving the exemption in fall 2012 or later. The new restrictions regarding programs of study do not apply to persons who received an exemption prior to fall 2012. You should contact Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (outside source) if you have further questions regarding the exemption. Phone: (512) 427-6340 x6393, Toll Free: (800) 242-3062, Fax: (512) 427-6420.  

Name and Address Changes
In accordance with the Texas Administrative Code §230.431 (c), An applicant for or holder of an educator's certificate shall provide SBEC a current United States mailing address.  Changes to contact information can be made in the educator's TEA account; name changes must be requested by contacting Educator Certification and Standards.

Test Center Complaints (39.52, KB)
If you have comments about the test center or the conditions under which you took a test, please submit them in writing to ETS.

Contact Educator Certification and Standards