- What activities count for CPE?
- Who can provide CPE hours?
- What documentation should I receive to verify attendance at CPE activities?
- How will TEA verify that I have completed renewal requirements?
- Why does my status with student loan and child support payments impact the renewal decision?
- What is the fee for a Standard Certificate Renewal?
- Why does my certificate expire in less than five years?
- What happens if I do not renew my Standard Certificate?
- Will TEA consider requests for hardship exemptions from CPE hour requirements?
1. What activities count for CPE?
There are many ways to earn CPE hours.
- workshops, conferences, in-service and staff development earned through an approved provider
- undergraduate and graduate coursework through an accredited college; one semester credit hour is equivalent to 15 CPE hours
for example, a three-credit course is equal to 45 CPE hours
- interactive distance learning, video conferences, or on-line activities
- independent study, not to exceed 20% of the required clock hours
Examples of independent study can be found in the TAC §232.15.
- developing, teaching, or presenting a CPE activity, not to exceed 10% of the required CPE hours
- serving as a mentor to another educator, not to exceed 30% of the required hours
Documentation of CPE hours is required. You must maintain your own record.
See the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) for the number and content of required CPE hours. TEA encourages educators to complete CPE hours based on their annual appraisal.
- For all standard certificates, 80% of CPE activities should be directly related to the certificates being renewed and focus on the standards required for the certificates.
- Classroom teachers, principals, and school counselors may not complete more than 25% of CPE training in activities specified in the TAC.
You are responsible for verifying that CPE providers are on the approved provider list found on the main renewal page.
- Texas public school districts
- private schools accredited by Texas Private School Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC) and International Association for Learner Driven Schools (IALDS)
- accredited public and private schools in other states, territories, and countries regional education service centers
- accredited colleges and education associations that have offered professional development in Texas for at least five years and have tax-exempt status under federal law or state associations that are affiliated with a national association with tax-exempt status
- private companies approved by TEA
If the provider is not approved by the TEA, you may use the hours towards independent study (not to exceed 20% per renewal period).
TEA staff will not make determinations about courses for CPE credit.
4. How will TEA verify that I have completed renewal requirements?
You will affirm through an online affidavit that all requirements have been met. TEA obtains information about criminal history and student loan and child support obligations from other state agencies. You could be subject to criminal charges and sanctioning of your certificate if you affirm false information.
You are responsible for keeping a record of your CPE hours. If selected for audit, you will be required to provide the documentation. It is your responsibility to determine what training meets the requirements. School district employees can contact their district for assistance.
5. Why does my status with student loan and child support payments impact the renewal decision?
The Texas Education Code (Sec. 57.491) and the Family Code (Chapter 232) explicitly require all licensing agencies to deny renewal to any licensee. In this case, if you do not comply with student loan or child support obligations you will be unable to renew.
Standard Educator Certificate
$32 first six months
$42 after six months
Reinstatement following restitution of child support or student loan repayment
All standard certificates expire on the same date. When you apply, all certification areas will renew for one fee. This allows you to count all CPE hours toward renewal of all your certificate.
If your professional certificate is issued for less than the full five years, your CPE hours are prorated; 10 hours for each full year. For example, if your principal certificate is only valid for two years, you will need 20 additional CPE hours, for a total of 170 CPE hours.
TEA will place your certificate on inactive status if you do not renew.
The TEA staff will consider hardship exemptions to the CPE requirements for documented health-related reasons and other extenuating circumstances.