Certification Based on Credentials from another Country
If you hold a standard educator certificate or credential from a country outside of the United States and its territories, you must apply for a review of your out-of-country credentials.
You must apply for the review of out-of-country credentials and pay a $164 non-refundable fee.
- Create a TEA Online account.
- TEA will issue you a temporary number if you do not have an SSN. The temporary number allows you to create a TEA Login (TEAL) account and access the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS). Access to ECOS is needed to apply for a Review of Credentials.
- Submit an original course-by-course evaluation by a recognized foreign evaluation service.
- Submit an original written statement from your country's licensing agency.
- Submit acceptable proof of oral English language proficiency.
If you were required to take tests to obtain the certificates that you submitted for the review of credentials, you may submit additional documentation for possible exemption of Texas tests. Out-of-state test scores will not be considered without a review of credentials.
Social Security Number Required for Certification
You must complete fingerprinting before a certificate will be issued. A social security number (SSN) is required to complete fingerprinting. Please visit the Social Security Administration for information regarding SSNs.
Results of the Review
Once the review of credentials is completed you will receive the results by email. The email will include the required tests for standard certificates and your eligibility for a one-year non-renewable certificate.
Once you have completed the review of credentials, you may be eligible for a One-Year Certificate. You must submit acceptable proof of oral English language proficiency before a certificate can be issued. While your One-Year certificate is valid, you must complete one or both of the following options:
- Submit all required documents necessary to determine possible exemption of out-of-state tests to establish the standard certificate, based on your completed review of credentials.
- Complete all appropriate tests to establish the standard certificate if not exempted from required tests.
Once your required tests and oral English language proficiency requirements are met you must apply for your Standard certificate.