Future Teachers (Certification)
Information for Teachers
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) 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."
CERTIFICATIONTo become a certified teacher in Texas, a person must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and complete an educator preparation program or an alternative certification program in Texas.
Texas School for the Deaf requires teachers to obtain content certification and EITHER the Deaf Hard of Hearing Certification or the Special Education Certification.
If you have completed an program outside of Texas but do not have certification in that state, then you will need to 1) complete your certification from that state, OR 2) enroll in an approved Texas educator preparation/alternative certification program to obtain your certification in Texas.
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. 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. TEA will then determine which if any exams you will need to take in Texas to obtain your Texas Standard Teaching Certifications.
TASC/TASC-ASLTeachers 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.
STIPENDSTSD classroom teachers are eligible for a $7,500 annual Special Education stipend and a $7,000 annual Bilingual stipend.
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.
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.
Note: you must hold the actual special education, deaf education or bilingual certificate in order to receive a stipend.