Teacher certification program

International Candidates

We welcome your interest in applying here at INSPIRE TEXAS | Educator Certification by Region 4. Please read carefully the information within this section if your background and education are from Puerto Rico or a foreign country.

 

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Getting Started

If you are applying for bilingual teacher certification and your bachelor’s degree or equivalent comes from a non-English-speaking university outside the United States, the following is required:

Application Requirements
  1. A four- or five-year university degree: Degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or equivalent. 
  2. A four- or five-year university degree from outside of the U.S. must be evaluated, verified, and deemed equivalent to a bachelor’s degree by an approved credential evaluation service.
  3. GPA: 2.75 Grade Point Average (GPA) or equivalent.

  4. Basic Skills Test Requirement: the applicant shall demonstrate basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting one of the following requirements:

    1. ​Degree from an institution accredited by one of the Regional Accrediting Agencies on the THECB website.*
    2. Texas Academic Skills Program® (TASP®) test with a minimum score of 230 in reading, 230 in mathematics, and 220 in writing.
    3. Texas Higher Education Assessment® (THEA®) with a minimum score of 230 in reading, 230 in mathematics, and 220 in writing.

    4. Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment test minimum scores of 351 in reading, 350 in mathematics, essay score of 5 or 4, and multiple choice of 363 in writing.**

  5. English Language Proficiency Assessment: Must be demonstrated before preservice training by one of the following:
    1. Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution of higher education in the United States.
    2. Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution of higher education outside of the United States where the primary language of instruction was English. A letter from the university or an evaluation company verifying the language of instruction is required.
    3. Verification of satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language-Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT). Applicant must take all four portions (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) for a score to be calculated. Only a passing score on the Speaking portion is required at this time. The acceptable passing score on the Speaking portion is 26. To have scores submitted directly to Region 4, use our institution code 4805.
** INSPIRE TEXAS/Educator Certification by Region 4 offers preparation and test administration for the TSI exam.
  1. Credit hours in content areas:
    1. Generalist/ESL EC–6, Special Education, and Bilingual EC–6 areas of certification: 24 total college hours including English, mathematics, science, and social studies with a minimum of 3 college hours in each subject.
    2. Generalist/ESL 4–8 , Special Education, and Bilingual 4–8 areas of certification: 36 total college hours including English, mathematics, science, and social studies with a minimum of 6 college hours in each subject.
    3. Mathematics 4–8 and/or 8–12: 30 college hours in mathematics. 15 semester hours must be in at least one teachable subject.
    4. Composite Science 4–8 and/or 8–12: 30 college hours in science. 15 semester hours must be in at least one teachable subject.
  2. Documents Needed
    1. Copy of “diploma” and copy of “cédula profesional” (Only for Mexico graduates)
    2. Copy of diploma stating that a bachelor’s degree was conferred
    3. Original transcripts from all universities attended
    4. Original credential evaluation (if available)
    5. Criminal history record (“Carta de no-antecedentes penales”)
    6. Copy of front page of passport or official U.S. ID
    7. Three letters of recommendation
    8. A self-addressed, stamped envelope to return transcripts (one SASE per mailing) 
 
PLEASE SEND ALL MATERIALS TO:

INSPIRE TEXAS | Educator Certification by Region 4
7145 West Tidwell Road
Houston, Texas 77092

 
NOTE: You have up to 60 days to complete the online application once it is started.
 
After your application is submitted and documents received, you will be notified via email of your acceptance into the program and the certification areas for which you are eligible. When you receive your notification, choose the training date that works best for you.
 
Getting certified

TExES Content Exam
All teacher candidates must pass the designated state certification content exam. Test permission for all Generalist exams is given after the completion of the English/Language Arts module (approximately nine weeks for online and four weeks for blended instruction) of preservice training and after passing the corresponding practice exam.

TExES EC–12 Pedagogy & Professional Responsibilities (PPR)
Approval to take the EC-12 TExES PPR takes place during the internship or clinical teaching assignment, and must be successfully passed to receive a standard teaching certificate.


 

Fees

Upon acceptance into the program, you have the option of paying your preservice training fee in monthly installments. The remaining balance is not due until you land your first teaching job (Internship or Clinical Teaching).

 

INSPIRE TEXAS FEES

Credential Evaluation, if applicable $375
Credential Verification, if applicable $75*
University Courses $200
Prerequisites and Preservice Training $2,500
Preservice Training (Puerto Rico Program)           $2,000

*Additional fees may apply based on the institution and the country of origin. Verification (with existing evaluation from an approved agency) will start at $75, with fees subject to change based on the institution and the country of origin.

 


Once you begin your teaching assignment, either as a salaried intern or as a clinical teacher,
the following fees go into effect:

Internship Deductions from your earnings will be made during each pay period.     $4,800

Clinical Teaching Deductions from your earnings will be made when you become a salaried teacher.

 $2,700

 

ADDITIONAL FEES REQUIRED FOR CERTIFICATION

Criminal history check fee  $52

The following fees are payable to the Texas Education Agency:
Certification Tests  per exam  $120
Probationary Teacher Certificate fee  $52
Standard Teacher Certificate fee $77
NOTE: Textbooks and materials fees will depend on syllabus requirements.
 

Timelines

 
Information Meetings
at Region 4 ESC
Application
and Documents Submission Deadline
Prerequisite Training
Preservice Training
March 11, 2017
9:00 a.m.
April 20, 2017  
April 26–July 20, 2017
July 26, 2017–January 5, 2018
June 15, 2017
​5:30 p.m.
July 20, 2017
July 26–October 20, 2017
October 26, 2017–
March 30, 2018
September 14, 2017
​5:30 p.m.
October 20, 2017
October 26, 2017–
January 20, 2018
January 26–
June 30, 2018
December 7, 2017
​5:30 p.m.
January 20, 2018
January 26–April 20, 2018
April 26–September 30, 2018
March 15, 2018
​5:30 p.m.
April 20, 2018
April 26–July 20, 2018
July 26, 2018–
January 5, 2019
June 14, 2018
​5:30 p.m.
July 20, 2018
July 26–October 20, 2018
October 26, 2018–
March 30, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 
7145 West Tidwell Road Houston, TX 77092