Texas public schools employ more than 320,000 teachers, plus more than 80,000 additional professional staff members, such as principals, central office administrators and other professional support members.
The Texas Education Agency provides a wide array of services that help educators do their jobs. Those functions include accrediting educator certification programs, issuing teaching certificates, distributing curriculum standards and textbooks and providing standardized student tests. This section provides educators the information they need to function effectively and efficiently as they work with the state’s 5.1 million students.
Our Educator Certification division provides information and assistance for educators, school districts, and the public, especially as it pertains to becoming a teacher or administrator in Texas or renewing certification.
Educator Evaluation and Support System
The Texas Evaluation and Support System (TESS) uses multiple measures in the development of educator quality to support student learning. This page provides information on the state recommended teacher and principal evaluation systems.
The Division of Educator Initiatives works to recruit, retain and reward excellent Texas educators. This section provides information about the various programs available to educators across the state.
Our Educator Investigations Unit ensures that Texas educators meet the highest standards of professionalism and ethical behavior. On this page, you will find information about certificate applicants, educator disciplinary policies and rules, district reporting requirements and criminal history evaluations and checks.
Preparation and Continuing Education
Educators must meet high standards and be well-prepared to teach in the classrooms of this state. Our Preparation and Continuing Education page provides information about educator preparation programs, continuing professional education opportunities and program provider resources.
Salary and Service Record
Information about teacher salaries, service records, personnel issues and school accreditation can be found on our Salary and Service Record page.
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