As of Sept. 1, 2015, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) began
waiving certain educator certification fees for eligible military service
members, military veterans and military spouses.
The changes stem from Senate Bill 807, which the Texas
Legislature passed in Spring 2015.
Fees that will be waived for eligible members of the
military community include those for the standard certificate, probationary
certificate, one-year certificate, educational aide certificate and the review
The certification fees associated with fingerprinting,
preliminary criminal history evaluation, renewal (including late and
reactivation fees) and reinstatement will not be waived.
Fees associated with certification examinations will be
waived depending on which testing vendor administers the examination. Examinations
administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), which include the Texas
Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES), the Texas Examinations for Master
Teachers (TExMaT), the Texas Assessment of Sign Communications (TASC), and the
Texas Assessment of Sign Communications-American Sign Language (TASC-ASL) examinations,
will have $11 of the registration fee waived. Registration fees for examinations
administered by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS),
the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and the
National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) will not be waived.
One must apply for the military exemption before finishing
the certification application. The following documents must be submitted for
- A written request for the exemption, including your TEA
ID or the last four digits of your social security number
- Active duty service members – A military ID (front and
back) and current state ID
- Veterans – A DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) that shows release or separation from active duty was
under honorable conditions
and current state ID
- Military spouses of active duty service members – The
spouse's current state and military ID (front and
back), active duty service member’s military ID (front and
back), and a copy of the marriage license
- Current email address and daytime phone number
After the military documents have been
reviewed, eligible members of the military community will be notified by email
with instructions on how to proceed with the certification process.
During the 2015-2016 school
year, the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) will need to adopt
rules to address the changes made by SB 807 and the State Board of Education
(SBOE) will need to review the adopted rules. The TEA will be working to modify
technology systems, websites and other materials to address the legislative
changes and inform stakeholders.