Future Teachers (Certification)
Information for Teachers
The State Board for Educator Certification’s (SBEC) website provides information about How to Become a Teacher in Texas and the State Exams. When viewing this website, one should note that there are additional requirements for teachers of deaf students and ASL teachers in that they must pass the TASC or the TASC-ASL, respectively. You may also want to review the document below on why to become a teacher.
Teachers of deaf students are required to pass the TASC (Texas Assessment of Sign Communication). ASL teachers are required to pass the TASC-ASL.Those teachers who are interested in becoming bilingually certified need to pass the TASC-ASL. See below for more information on the TASC-ASL.
To become a certified teacher in Texas, a person must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and complete an educator preparation program in Texas to be considered for a Texas teaching certificate. If you have completed an educator preparation program outside of Texas but do not have certification in that state, then you will need to 1) complete your certification from that state, 2) obtain a letter of eligibility for certification from that state and apply to SBEC for a review of credentials, OR 3) enroll in an approved Texas educator preparation program. If you have not yet completed an educator preparation program, then you will need to enroll in an SBEC approved one and obtain eligibility for a probationary certificate.
Here are lists of educator preparation programs in Region XIII and by Certification Area. If you currently possess certification in another state but not in Texas, you will need to apply for an out-of-state review of credentials. If you possess certifications from another state you may also qualify for an exemption to testing in Texas. Click here for more information on the testing exemption for out of state certifications.
In addition to being a special ed certified teacher, our teachers must also have the appropriate subject competency. For example, a secondary math teacher must either have a background in math or have passed the TExES exam in secondary math. Click here to see the TExES testing schedule.
TSD classroom teachers are eligible for a $2,000 annual Special Education stipend and a $6,000 annual Bilingual stipend.
To be eligible for the bilingual stipend, staff must pass the TExES 184 American Sign Language EC-12, TExES 164 Bilingual Education Supplemental, and TExES 073 Texas Assessment of Sign Language Communication – ASL exams.
To be eligible for the Special Ed stipend, staff must obtain either the Special Ed certification or the Deaf/ Hard of Hearing Certification.
- For the Special Ed Certification, staff must pass the TExES 161 Special Education EC-12, TExES 160 PPR EC-12, and the TExES 072 TASC exams.
- For the Deaf Hard of Hearing Certification, staff must pass the TExES 181 Deaf/Hard of Hearing EC-12, TExES 160 PPR EC-12, and the TExES 073 TASC-ASL exams.
Note: you must hold the actual special education, deaf education or bilingual certificate in order to receive a stipend.