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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.
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
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.
Information about teacher salaries, service records, personnel issues
and school accreditation can be found on our Salary and Service Record page.
Educator CertificationPhone hours, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (CST)Phone: (512) 936-8400 Phone Options: Option 2-Educator Certification/Account Access (Walk-in visitors are: Tuesday-Friday 8:30 AM-11:30 AM & 1:30 PM-4:00PM) Option 3-Fingerprinting Option 5-Educator Preparation Programs Option 6-InvestigationsOption 8-General InformationTesting questions: (512) 463-9039
for account access assistance.