Military Community

Effective September 1, 2015 the TEA will waive certain fees for eligible military service members, military veterans, and military spouses.

Fee Exemption Requirements

Set up your educator account if you have not already done so. Before completing an application, you must submit your military exemption request.

Securely upload the following documents for review:

  • A written request for the exemption, including your TEA ID or the last four digits of your social security number
  • Current email address and daytime phone number
  • Active duty service members – military ID (front and back) and current state ID
  • Veterans – Current state ID and DD-214 (member-4) that shows release or separation from active duty was under honorable conditions
  • Military spouses of active duty service members – spouse's current state and military ID (front and back), active duty service member’s current state and military ID (front and back), and a copy of the marriage license. Military spouses of active duty members are exempt from the following application fees:
    • Review of Credentials
    • One-Year Certificate
    • Standard certificates for subject areas approved in your review of credentials
    • $11 of the registration fee for certification examinations administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), this does not include registration fees for tests taken for certification by exam only

After the military documents have been reviewed, you will be notified by email with instructions.

If you are unable to upload your documents, mail them to:

Texas Education Agency
Division of Educator Certification
1701 N. Congress Ave., WBT 5-100
Austin, Texas 78701

Fees Waived

Fees that are waived for active duty service members and veterans:

  • Educational Aide certificate
  • Intern certificate
  • Probationary certificate
  • Standard certificate requiring completion of an educator preparation program
  • Review of credentials
  • One-Year certificate
  • Standard certificates for subject areas approved in a review of credentials
  • $11 of the registration fee for certification examinations administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), this does not include registration fees for tests taken for certification by exam only

Fees Not Waived

Fees that are not waived for eligible members of the military community:

  • Fingerprint fee
  • Preliminary criminal history evaluation fees
  • Renewal fees including late and reactivation fees
  • Reinstatement fees 
  • Certificates earned through exam only
  • Registration fees for tests taken for certification by exam only
  • Registration fees for certification examinations administrated by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC)

TEA now issues a standard JROTC teaching certificate. Completion of an approved educator preparation program (EPP) and bachelor’s degree is required. You can review additional certification requirements on the Becoming a Classroom Teacher in Texas information page.

Health Science Technology (HST) and Trade and Industrial Education (TIE)

Eligible military experience may be used to meet the experience and license requirements for HST and TIE certification. Completion of an approved EPP is still required. You can review additional certification requirements on the Career and Technical Education information page.