Teacher Certification

CERT Teacher Certification

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Program Overview

If you have already graduated with your bachelor's degree, you can still pursue initial teacher certification. The program, offered through the Office of Educator Preparation (OEP), produces highly qualified teachers who are certified to teach in Texas public, charter, and private EC­–12 schools. You can take a teacher certification plan as a stand-alone program or as part of a master's degree (master's degree + certification).

Course Work

Stand-Alone Certifications 

The Graduate College application requirements are listed below. Once your teacher certification application is complete, it will be reviewed by the Office of Educator Preparation (OEP). If admitted, you must submit a second application to the Educator Preparation Program (EPP).

Eligibility Requirements for Teacher Certification
According to the Texas Education Agency, there are specific requirements for becoming a classroom teacher. In addition to the application requirements for the master’s degree, you must also meet the eligibility requirements posted by the Educator Preparation Program.

Master's Degree + Initial Certification Programs
This teacher certification plan is offered as part of a master's degree program. As a result, applications will be reviewed by each degree program's graduate advisor. Click on the programs below to view the graduate advisor, deadline, and application requirement information. Once you are admitted, please request a certification plan from the Office of Educator Preparation (OEP) for more information.

Master's ProgramCertification Program
Master's Program
Elementary Education
Certification Program
4–8 English Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies
Master's Program
Elementary Education
Certification Program
4–8 Science
Master's Program
Elementary Education
Certification Program
4–8 Math
Master's Program
Elementary Education
Certification Program
4–8 Generalist
Master's Program
Elementary Education
Certification Program
EC–6 Core Subjects ESL
Master's Program
Elementary Education
Certification Program
EC–6 Core Subjects Bilingual
Master's Program
Elementary Education – Teacher Certification in Early Childhood through Grade Six ESL
Certification Program
EC–6 Core Subjects ESL
Master's Program
Secondary Education
Certification Program
Student-selected
Master's Program
Secondary Education – Teacher Recruitment Program
Certification Program
Student-selected
Master's Program
Special Education
Certification Program
EC–12 Special Education
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Application Deadlines

DeadlinesU.S. CitizenInternational
Deadlines
Fall
U.S. Citizen
June 15
International
June 1
Deadlines
Spring
U.S. Citizen
October 15
International
October 1
Deadlines
Summer I
U.S. Citizen
April 15
International
March 15

This program's deadline is firm. This type of deadline means the application and other application requirements must be submitted by the program's specified deadline day.

Standard Certification Contact
Office of Educator Preparation (OEP)
oep@txstate.edu
512.245.7880
Education Building, Room 2016

Admission Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

  • Review important information about the online application.

    • $35 nonrefundable Texas Education Agency technology fee (if offered admission)
      and either
    • $20 nonrefundable application fee
      OR
    • $60 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

    Review important information about application fees.

    • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university (Non-U.S. degrees must be equivalent to a four-year U.S. Bachelor’s degree. In most cases, three-year degrees are not considered. Visit our International FAQs for more information.)
    • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
    • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of course work toward degree content courses
    • evidence of course work in reading, written communication, critical thinking, mathematics, and oral communication

    Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.

    Effective Fall 2024

    • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university (Non-U.S. degrees must be equivalent to a four-year U.S. Bachelor’s degree. In most cases, three-year degrees are not considered. Visit our International FAQs for more information.)
    • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
    • a 2.75 overall GPA or a 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses) 
    • evidence of course work in reading, written communication, critical thinking, mathematics, and oral communication
  • GRE Scores

    • GRE not required

    TOEFL Scores

    Applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.

    • official TOEFL iBT scores with minimum individual scores of
      • 22 listening
      • 22 reading
      • 24 speaking
      • 21 writing

    This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.
     

    Review important information about official test scores.

  • The Graduate College does not require any documents for the standard teacher certification programs. Contact the OEP office for any certification-specific requirements.

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