Resources

Admissions

The 240 Certification team is excited to help you become a teacher!

EPP Handbook: Applicants

How to Apply

Step 1: Complete an application.

Step 2: Send us all of your official transcripts.

Electronically (preferred):
240 Certification
ATTN: Dr. Lara Cavin, Director of Certification & Compliance
admin@240certification.com

By Mail:
ATTN: Dr. Lara Cavin, Director of Certification & Compliance
3122 Nealy Way, Ste. 211-B
Longview, Texas 75605

Step 3: Tell Us About YOU! (Complete Writing Sample)

  • This will be sent to you once your initial application is completed.

Step 4: Decide how you will demonstrate content knowledge in one of the following ways:

  • 12-hours (college course work) in the subject-specific area
  • 15-hours (college course work) for mathematics or science above Grade 7
  • TX-PACT exam (only required if the applicant does not have the 12/15 required content hours for desired certification area or does meet the GPA requirement)

Step 5: Candidate Interview (when additional information is needed.)

Step 6: Demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • Submit official transcripts (minimum of bachelor’s degree) from a U.S. accredited university
  • (International students only) Submit an official transcript from a university where it is documented that English is the official language of instruction and the country appears on this list (Texas Administrative Code).
  • (International students only) Successfully complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing.

Step 7: (Transferring applicants only) Complete Transfer From.

  • See Transfer Policies for 240 Certification.
  • This is the last step to be completed before the application is approved or denied.
  • Applicants will be notified if this form is required.

Application Requirements

  • submit a completed application for admission:
  • completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher OR a 2.5 or higher in the last 60 semester credit hours (considerations can be given if in the final semester of school before completing the degree);
  • Applicants completing a bachelor’s degree or higher outside the United States will be required to submit an official evaluation of foreign credentials in addition to all official transcripts. A list of potential providers can be found here.
  • submission of all applicable official transcripts (unofficial transcripts cannot be used for formal admission);
  • demonstrate content knowledge (either through 12/15-hours of coursework with a minimum of 2.5 GPA (subject-specific) OR the successful completion of subject-specific TX PACT exam);
  • demonstrate minimum requirements on the Comprehensive Evaluation Screening (inc. the successful completion of a writing submission and an interview with standard questions, if required);
  • an EPP transfer form, if applicable (if transferring from another Texas teaching certification program);
  • Additionally, international students who come from countries where the native language is not English: verification of minimum scaled scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing. (This will meet the English language skills proficiency requirement.)
  • Should there be any data or findings that may indicate an applicant may be unable to sufficiently pass future certification examinations, the EPP can require that the applicant successfully pass the TX PACT exam. This decision will be at the discretion of the Director of Certification & Compliance.

Certifications Offered

240 Certification is approved to offer the following certificate categories:

  • Core Subjects with the Science of Teaching Reading (STR) EC-6
  • Core Subjects with the Science of Teaching Reading (STR) 4-8
  • English Language Arts & Reading 4-8
  • Mathematics 4-8
  • Science 4-8
  • Social Studies 4-8
  • English Language Arts & Reading 7-12
  • Mathematics 7-12
  • Science 7-12
  • History 7-12
  • Social Studies 7-12
  • Special Education EC-12

Supplemental certifications, which can be tied to the levels/subject areas of certification include:

  • Bilingual Supplemental (has an additional language exam on top of the supplemental content exam)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Supplemental

Program Pricing

240 Certification is one of the LOWEST priced EPPs in the STATE!

  • No Application Fee
  • Initial Course Enrollment First tuition payment of $249.99 is due upon enrollment.
  • Coursework Tuition $249.99 monthly/12 months
    (includes a subscription to 240 Tutoring!)

Total Tuition $2,999.88

  • Field-Experience Fees $500 paid by semester
    (Clinical teaching=1 semester)
    (Paid internship=2 semesters)

The total Program Costs $3,499.88 for those seeking clinical teaching.
$3,999.88 for those seeking a paid internship.

  • TEA/Testing Associated Costs (not included in 240’s pricing):
  • TEA Technology Fee of $35 (due upon initial enrollment)
  • Certification exam registration fees
  • Teaching application fees
  • Criminal History Background Check (fingerprinting fees)

Additional fees may be required depending on individual circumstances:

  • Late payment fees
  • Fees for program extension
  • Program renewal fee
  • Field-experience renewal fee
  • Field-experience change request
  • Requesting a new Statement of Eligibility (SOE)
  • Agreement renewal fee

Transfer Policy

240 Certification will only be accepting a limited number of candidates wishing to transfer from other EPPs. Considerations for transfer approval must meet one or more of the following criteria:

the prior EPP or post-bac program within the EPP is no longer in operation; and/or

the applicant cannot return to prior EPP AND have been separated from the EPP for a minimum of 5 calendar years.

Any additional requests for transfers outside of this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants to the program from other EPPs will not be considered for 240 Certification without the completed TEA Candidate Transfer Form with the signature of that EPP’s legal authority or representative.

Applicants must also meet or exceed the program requirements for application.

Military Service Considerations

TAC

In accordance with 19 TAC 228.35(a)(5)(A), military service members or military veterans may be eligible to receive credit for verified military service, training, or education toward the training, education, work experience or related requirements (other than certification examinations, which are required of all candidates for certification) for educator certification requirements, provided that the military service, training, or education is directly related to the certification being sought. Contact the Director of Certification & Compliance for additional information.

Effective September 1, 2015, TEA waives certain fees for eligible military service members, military veterans, and military spouses. For additional information, please see the TEA website. There are some fee exemptions as well. Please see the requirements to obtain these fee exemptions.

Information regarding military service members, military spouses, and military veterans may be found in the Texas Administrative Code 234.

240 Certification Military Service Considerations

The 240 Certification Team Members are so grateful for the investment and sacrifice of our military service members and veterans!

The program and curricula have been designed to effectively prepare candidates to be successful in certification examinations and in the profession. A review of military service, training, or education can be requested by contacting the Director of Certification & Compliance.

Any coursework credit considerations must include the following parameters, which has been developed in accordance with the Texas Administrative Code (19 TAC 228.35 and 19 TAC 234) and under the discretion of the EPP):

Training or education must have been received within the last five years;

Training or education must be directly tied to the grade level/content area of the certification being sought;

There must be strong evidence that any credit considerations would be a replacement for the instruction/content and that candidate performance on certification examinations or professional experiences would not be negatively impacted;

Certification exams may not be waived or credited;

Field-based experiences (30-hours) cannot be waived or credited unless the candidate has experienced as a long-term substitute as outlined in 19 TAC 228.25(e)(1)(C);

An EPP may permit a full-day clinical teaching assignment up to 5 full days fewer (or up to 10 half days fewer for half-day assignments) than the minimum requirement if due to military leave, based on 19 TAC 228.35(e)(2)(A)(iv); and

An EPP may permit an internship of up to 30 school days fewer than the minimum if due to military leave, based on 19 TAC 228.35(e)(2)(B)(i).

**Additional considerations can be made for our military service members and military veterans on a case-by-case basis. The final determination will be communicated to the candidate by the Director of Certification & Compliance.

Request to Substitute Prior or Ongoing Service, Training, or Education (non-military)

In accordance with 19 TAC 228.35(a)(5)(B), EPPs must develop and implement specific criteria and procedures that may allow those not in military service or military veterans to substitute relevant (prior or ongoing) service, training, or education toward program requirements.

Considerations for substitution cannot include the state’s requirements for certification examinations or as part of the internship or clinical teaching requirements, as mentioned in the TAC ruling.

240 Certification Policies and Procedures (Non-Military Considerations)

Due to the design of the instruction and coursework, any substitutions will be rare and must meet all of the following requirements:

Service, training or education must have been received by an approved Texas Educator Preparation Program or accredited institution of higher education within the last five years;

Service, training, or education must be directly tied to the grade level/content area of the certification being sought;

There must be strong evidence that any credit considerations would be a replacement for the instruction/content and that candidate performance on certification examinations or professional experiences would not be negatively impacted;

Certification exams may not be waived or credited; and

Field-based experiences (30-hours) cannot be waived or credited unless the candidate has experienced as a long-term substitute as outlined in 19 TAC 228.25(e)(1)(C).

**Additional considerations can be made on a case-by-case basis. The final determination will be communicated to the candidate by the Director of Certification & Compliance.

 

Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation

A person who is enrolled or planning to enroll in an EPP, or planning to take a certification exam, may request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter regarding his/her potential ineligibility for certification due to a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense.

Important information regarding a criminal history background check and this evaluation:

  • A candidate must successfully clear a criminal background check prior to working at a school or before beginning a clinical teaching assignment.
  • Anyone applying for clinical teaching will follow the requirements of the requested district placement. Any cost associated with the background check can be billed to the candidate. If the district requires the fingerprinting process, then it will be paid for the candidate. Likely, this fingerprinting process will cover the one required for the application for Standard certification.
  • Anyone hired for an internship will have to complete the process prior to the start of employment.
  • Anyone applying for an Intern, Probationary, or Standard certificate will have to complete the fingerprinting process as part of the application requirements.
  • Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation FAQs (TEA)

Complete a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation form online here (ONLY if you have reason to believe that you may be ineligible for educator certification due to a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense.
It can take up to 90 calendar days to receive an evaluation letter by email to provide you with the agency’s opinion.

There is a non-refundable fee of $50 to complete this process.

Our Program

240 Certification is PROUD to announce they are an educator preparation program (EPP) made FOR teachers BY teachers! An alternative certification program, located in the heart of East Texas, 240 Certification is preparing teachers statewide through a quality online program.  The online component makes it easier for our candidates to accomplish THEIR professional goals tailored to their schedules.

240 Certification is a sister company to the highly successful 240 Tutoring.  Founded in 2011, 240 Tutoring has quickly grown to become a premier national provider of teacher certification exam preparation. 

The heart of our company is to serve and support those who have chosen an honorable profession…TEACHERS!  Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions or desire to speak with someone about your certification options.

Advisory Council

In accordance with 19 TAC 228.20, 240 Certification has an advisory committee with members representing a variety of roles who have a genuine interest and investment in the recruitment and development of high-quality teachers . Their role is to serve in an advisory capacity to our CEO to assist in the design, delivery, evaluation, and major policy decisions of the Education Preparation Program (EPP).

240 Certification is very PROUD to have the following representatives serving on our Advisory Council:

  • Dr. Michelle Cline, Superintendent, Throckmorton Collegiate ISD
  • Heidi Gudelman (Austin)–Field Supervisor, 240 Certification
  • Tammie Herndon–Teacher, Heritage Christian Academy (Rockwall)
  • Christy Kanaga, Teacher, Round Rock ISD
  • Jason Liewehr, Executive Director of Human Resources, Denton ISD
  • Brent Mills, Principal, Woodson ISD
  • Dr. Rebecca Morris, Professor of Teacher Education, Panola College
  • Melanie Pondant, Director of Secondary Education and Principal, Judson Middle School STEAM, Longview ISD
  • Catherine Richardson (LPC) Mental Health Counselor (DFW) and Deacon, Village Church in Denton
  • Dr. Jeremy Roberts, Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Administration, Immanuel Baptist Church of Marshall
  • Lindsay Slaten–Director of Human Resources, Hallsville ISD
  • Dr. Shereah Taylor-Love, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Teacher Education Programs, Tarrant County College South Campus

Accreditation

240 Certification, formerly known as Educators of Excellence, is an approved educator preparation program (EPP) by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBOE) in Texas. Program completers, or those who have completed all program and state requirements for certification, will be fully licensed to teach in their area of certification(s) in the state of Texas.

Calendar of Events and Program Completion

Applicants can apply and become eligible to begin the program on a revolving basis. Coursework is online and can be completed at the pace of the candidate (the program is to be completed in two years.) Timelines for field-based experiences are subject to timelines outlined in Texas Administrative Code (TAC).

Each block sequence of coursework can be completed in 30-90/120 calendar days, depending on the candidate. The clinical teaching/internship placement will last a minimum of 14-weeks (70 days) or one full academic year respectively.

Candidates are to progress through the following steps to complete the program and be recommended for full Standard certification:

 

Option 1–Clinical Teaching

Field-Based 7300
**See Road Map for official dates to the clinical teaching process.**

Two entry points–annual Fall and Spring start dates only.

Initial: Application to EPP

Accept the invitation to EPP/Complete the admission process.

Complete Initial Orientation to the program and also with Program Advisor.

Phase 1: Complete Block 1 coursework (160 clock hours) with a grade of “C” or higher in all courses.

Complete 30-hours of field-based observation

Pass content/supplemental certification exam(s)** (Required to begin Phase 2).

Phase 2: Complete Block 2 coursework (160 clock hours) with a grade of “C” or higher in all courses.

Pass PPR certification exam** (Required as part of the clinical teaching application process)

Apply for clinical teaching. Complete all district-required procedures in order to begin clinical teaching assignments.

This includes the completion of the criminal background check, which is pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC) 22.0835.

Phase 3: Complete Block 3 coursework (160 clock hours) with a grade of “C” or higher in each course–includes clinical teaching (minimum of 70 days; typically a 14-week placement).*Field-Based 7300 Course

Final: After successful completion of all coursework and clinical teaching experience, the candidate will formally check out with DFE and CO to make sure all required documentation has been completed and secured. The candidate will receive a “Final Steps Toward Certification” webinar to understand the certification process.

**Candidates accepted prior to 5/15/2021, who apply for clinical teaching, may complete the PPR certification exam first and the content certification(s) last. It is strongly recommended that these candidates also complete the Science of Teaching Reading (STR) exam prior to their application to clinical teaching as well.

FALL Placement Application Window for Clinical Teaching: March 15th-May 1st

Response to Application: by May 15th annually
Prerequisites to be COMPLETED: July 30th annually
Orientation, Parts 1-3 (prerecorded webinar) and Part 4 (with DFE) are required prior to the start of clinical teaching. Orientation, Part 4 (with DFE) will be offered between July 20th-August 1st annually.

SPRING Placement Application Window for Clinical Teaching: September 15th-November 1st

Response to Application: by November 15th annually
Prerequisites to be COMPLETED: December 15th annually
Orientation, Parts 1-3 (prerecorded webinar) and Part 4 (with DFE) are required prior to the start of clinical teaching. Orientation, Part 4 will be offered between December 1-15th annually.

**Candidates accepted prior to 5/15/2021, who apply for clinical teaching during the Fall 2021/Spring 2022 semesters, may complete the PPR certification exam first and the content certification(s) last. It is strongly recommended that these candidates also complete the Science of Teaching Reading (STR) exam prior to their application to clinical teaching as well.

The program is completed once the final task is fully completed and any outstanding balances have been paid in full. The candidate’s account must be in Good Standing to move from Candidate to Finisher/Completer.

 

Option 2–Internship

Field-Based 7200.1 & 7200.2

Continuous enrollment; start date of the internship is determined as teaching positions become available.

Initial: Application to EPP

Accept the invitation to EPP/Complete the admission process.

Complete Initial Orientation to the program and also with Program Advisor.

Phase 1: Complete Block 1 coursework (160 clock hours) with a grade of “C” or higher in all courses.

Complete 30-hours of field-based observation.

Pass content certification and any supplemental exam(s) required for internship (Required to begin Phase 2).

Apply for Statement of Eligibility (SOE) & Intern or Probationary Certification (through TEAL account)

This includes the completion of the fingerprinting process and criminal background check, which is pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC) 22.0835.

[Intern–passed content test(s) only; Probationary–passed both content & PPR tests]

Phase 2: Complete Block 2 (160 clock hours) with a grade of “C” or higher in each course–including first half of the internship (a full academic year as a paid teacher of record) Field-Based 7200 Course *Internship 1

Pass PPR certification exam (Required to complete Phase 2 and advance to Phase 3)

Phase 3: Complete Block 3 with a grade of “C” or higher in each course–including the second half of the internship. Field-Based 7200 Course *Internship 2

Final: After successful completion of all coursework and internship, the candidate will formally check out with DFE and CO to make sure all required documentation has been completed and secured. The candidate will receive a “Final Steps Toward Certification” webinar to understand the certification process.

**Obtain a teaching position after taking and passing appropriate certification exams.

If determined that students are eligible for a teaching internship based on meeting state requirements and passing the appropriate certification exam(s), a Statement of Eligibility (SOE) for employment purposes will be provided. Students will need to secure a teaching assignment at the grade Phase and in the subject area of their target certificate(s).

[Intern certificate –passed content test(s) only; Probationary certificate–passed both content & PPR tests]

The intern certificate is good for one year only and cannot be renewed. A Probationary certificate is good for one year only and can be renewed for up to 2 years.

Once a position has been secured, students will have an experienced, certified mentor teacher assigned to work with them and a field supervisor will be provided. A meeting will be set up within three (3) weeks of the assignment for the candidate to meet his/her field supervisor and to ensure the employing school understands and demonstrates a willingness to work with our education program within the parameters of our EPP requirements. This meeting will also be used to establish communications among the field supervisor, the campus mentor teacher, the assigned administrator, and the intern.

The program is completed once the Final task is fully completed and any outstanding balances have been paid in full. The candidate’s account must be in Good Standing to move from Candidate to Finisher/Completer.

Candidate Withdrawals & EPP Exit Policy

Candidate Withdrawals

Candidates who withdraw from our program must formally notify the EPP stating their intention to withdraw from the program. This must be collected in writing (can be via email) and placed in the candidate’s EPP file. See information below on Certification Deactivation and Rules for Timeline for further details.

If the candidate decides to enroll in another EPP at a later time, the receiving EPP will request a TEA Candidate Transfer Form from our entity. When this request is made, 240 Certification will be required to note whether the candidate was in good standing with the EPP.

Required Withdrawals or Removals

Candidates may be required to withdraw from the EPP, or be removed in the event that candidate does not withdraw, for the following reasons:

Candidates who fail to complete the plan of action(s) outlined in the Formal Candidate Review process. Typically this is completed in a progressive model so the candidate has received plenty of communication and support to resolve any concerns the EPP may have about the candidate’s “fitness to teach.” See Formal Candidate Review for additional details on this process.

Candidates who have a more significant incident occur, including one or more violations of the Code of Ethics and Standards for Texas Educators, can be grounds for immediate removal from EPP.

Candidates who become inactive in their account for 90 days or longer (i.e. past due accounts; no communicative response to the Program Advisor; or work submissions in Canvas) will be subject to separation from the EPP. TEA will be notified of the separation. Should the candidate desire to return to the EPP, (s)he can make the formal request in writing to the Director of Certification & Compliance. All requests will be considered, along with specific situational considerations and current state of account.

Candidates who are unsuccessful in their testing attempts without sufficient and evident growth, as identified by performance data, will be referred to the Formal Candidate Review process.

Candidates who do not pass one or more certification exams by the final re-testing attempt will be automatically withdrawn from the EPP.
Accounts must be paid in full following a voluntary or involuntary withdrawal in order to remain in good standing with the EPP.

Certification Deactivation Rules and Timelines

Certification Deactivation Rules: 19 TAC 228.35(e)(2)(B)(vi)-(viii)
An EPP must request the deactivation of an intern or probationary certificate when:

the candidate resigns is non-renewed, or is terminated by the school or district;
the candidate is discharged or is released from the EPP;
the candidate withdraws from the EPP; or
is serving in an assignment that does not meet the requirements of the internship.

 

Candidate Action EPP Action Employer Action
Resigned (from placement) Discharged Non-renewed
Withdraw (from EPP) Released Terminated

 

Supply and Demand and the Educator Workforce

240 Certification desires to provide current information regarding the teacher shortage areas at both the state and national levels. Please use the links below to learn more about the effects of supply and demand on the educator workforce in Texas.

Educator Reports and Data 

Teacher Shortage Areas for 2021-2022 (also includes Loan Forgiveness for Teachers)

Resources: Teacher Shortages in the United States

EPP Performance Over Last 5 Years

240 Certification was formerly called Educators of Excellence. The official name change was in April 2021.

This testing data was extracted from the Consumer Information on Educator Preparation Programs and ASEP reporting data, both available on the Texas Education Agency’s website.

Education Preparation Data Dashboards

2020-2021
ASEP Accreditation: Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster
Passed PPR Exams (13/14) 93%
Passed Non-PPR Exams (34/34) 100%
Field Observation Frequency Standard 100%
EPP Candidate Exit Survey Responses*: 100%
*Percentage of candidates answering well prepared or sufficiently prepared by the program for the first year of teaching.

2019-2020
ASEP Accreditation: Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster
Passed PPR Exams (6/6) 100%
Passed Non-PPR Exams (5/6) 80%
Field Observation Frequency Standard 62% (due to school closures)
EPP Candidate Exit Survey Responses*: 100%
*Percentage of candidates answering well prepared or sufficiently prepared by the program for the first year of teaching.

2018-2019
ASEP Accreditation: Accredited
Passed PPR Exams (17/17) 100%
Passed Non-PPR Exams (15/15) 100%
Field Observation Frequency Standard 100%
EPP Candidate Exit Survey Responses*: 92%
*Percentage of candidates answering well prepared or sufficiently prepared by the program for the first year of teaching.

Out-of-State Certification

240 Certification provides education certifications in the state of Texas.

If you are desiring an education certification outside of Texas, directly contacting the state department or entity responsible for state certifications or licensure will ensure the most accurate and current information.

The following site offers a list of licensing boards, listed by state, for the most common licenses: https://publish.smartsheet.com/4dfcb6a0284545ee895980a8c8b71432

 

Also, please review the information on the following site for teacher education certification by state: https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/reciprocity/. Specific to Texas, please refer to the following site: https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/texas/ 

Formal Candidate Review

When our EPP applicants or candidates fail to meet the substantive expectations of our program, a formal candidate review process will be initiated.

The goal of this review process is to supply support and supervision in the areas identified as requiring development or correction so the candidate can become successful in being accepted into the program and/or ultimately obtaining full Standard certification.

Levels of Review

Informal Review

This will take place between a candidate and one of the following professionals of 240 Certification: a director; program advisor; course instructor; or field supervisor. This is initiated by the 240 Certification representative who has concerns regarding the candidate’s ability to meet the requirements of the EPP.

  • The 240 Certification representative will discuss concerns directly with the candidate.
  • The Director of Certification and the candidate’s program advisor will be advised of the informal review and the outcome.
  • The 240 representatives will place written documentation of the informal review in the candidate’s EPP file within seven (7) calendar days of meeting with the candidate. A copy of this documentation will also be sent to the candidate.

Level One – Formal EPP Review

This Level One Review will take place between the candidate, the 240 representatives initiating the review, and the Formal Review Team. In addition to the candidate and the 240 representatives, the Formal Review Team will consist of the candidate’s program advisor and one of the 240 directors. This review is initiated when the 240 representative has sufficient concerns to question the candidate’s “fitness to teach” and has tried different avenues to provide a solution, such as informal meetings.

A Level One Formal Review can be initiated without the Informal Review process, should the incident/concern require probationary status in the program.

  • An action plan will be discussed and developed, and a copy will be provided to all parties. The candidate will have an opportunity to provide insight and suggestions in the development of the action plan.
  • The candidate is placed on probationary status until issues have been resolved.
  • The Director of Certification and Field Experiences will be advised of informal review and the outcome, if not included on the Formal Review Team.
  • The 240 Representative will place written documentation of the informal review in the candidate’s EPP file within seven calendar days of meeting with the candidate. A copy of this documentation will also be sent to the candidate.

Level Two – Formal EPP Review

This Level Two Formal Review will take place between the candidate, the 240 Representative initiating the review, the Formal Review Team and must include the Director of Certification and/or the Director of Field Experiences. This will be initiated if the candidate fails to be successful with the developed plan or creates additional continuing concerns.

A Level Two Formal Review can be initiated without the Informal Review or Level One Formal Review processes, should the incident/concern require immediate attention and/or consideration of revocation of EPP candidate status.

  • A subcommittee including key members of 240 Certification will review all documentation.
  • The candidate and 240 representative(s) involved will be interviewed individually.
  • Additional documentation will be obtained from the field-based setting, if appropriate.
  • A recommendation will be made after all statements and artifacts have been reviewed regarding the suitability of the candidate’s continuation in the program.
  • The subcommittee will summarize its findings and make written recommendations forwarded to the 240 Certification Leadership Team as well as the EPP’s Advisory Council.

Final Decision of Review Process

The 240 Certification Leadership Team will make a final decision regarding a candidate’s suitability and acceptance to continue in our Educator Preparation Program. The candidate will be notified of the final decisions and will place documentation of the decision in the candidate’s EPP folder.

Appeals Process

An appeals process is available to candidates at any stage of the Educator Preparation Program, including being denied admission into any stage of our program (entrance, clinical teaching/internship, and/or transition to Standard certification).

This appeal must be done in writing and submitted to the Director of Certification.
This will be reviewed by the 240 Certification Leadership Team.
The final decision will be sent in writing to the candidate within seven (7) calendar days.
If the candidate wishes to appeal further, it needs to be done in writing and sent to the CEO 240 Certification. This decision is final.

Complaints & Investigative Procedures

Complaint Process TAC 228.70
Purpose. Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff shall maintain a process through which a candidate or former candidate in an educator preparation program (EPP), an applicant for candidacy in an EPP, an employee or former employee of an EPP, a cooperating teacher, a mentor, a site supervisor, or an administrator in a public or private school that serves as a site for clinical teaching, internship, or practicum experiences may submit, in accordance with subsection (c)(1) of this section, a complaint about an EPP for investigation and resolution.

EPP Protocol

The 240 Certification policy is to provide an avenue for a candidate, employee or former employee of the EPP, cooperating/mentor teacher, and campus administrator(s) to make an informal or formal complaint when deemed necessary. We encourage the resolution of complaints through timely communication at and near the point of origin in order to be addressed in a timely and effective manner.

If the complaint is concerning courses offered through 240 Certification, the concern should be directed to the course instructor directly responsible for teaching the course.

If the complaint is concerning the program itself, the concern should be directed to the Program Advisor, or if an applicant, to the Program Coordinator at admin@240certification.com.

If the party filing the complaint is not satisfied with the outcome of this process, then a formal written complaint should be completed and submitted to the Director of Certification within a timely manner. 240 Certification will maintain a record of all formal written complaints linked to all educator preparation program components from: applicants, employees, former employees, cooperating/mentor teachers, and campus administrators.

NOTE: The form for this process can be obtained from a Program Advisor or accessed here. It is also located on the 240 Certification webpage.

1. The formal written complaint form is to be completed by the complainant, and include a clear description of the complaint, dates connected to the cause for complaint, and a description of desired outcome or solution.

2. A formal meeting will be scheduled within 10 working days from the written complaint being received. The candidate’s Program Advisor or one of the 240 Certification Directors will set up a meeting with all parties linked to the complaint.

A copy of the form submitted by the complainant and the outcome will be sent to the Director of Certification and the party registering a complaint. Within three (3) working days, the Director of Certification will send a written acknowledgment of receipt of the complaint to the concerned party.

3. If a resolution has not been achieved, the Director of Certification will:

• Try to come to an agreeable conclusion between all parties involved by meeting with them OR

• Assign a special committee to rule on the complaint, which if used, will present a ruling on the party’s written complaint within 30-calendar days of receipt of the complaint form. The Director of Certification will inform in writing (or by email) of the final decision the following: the party filing the complaint; the candidate’s Program Advisor (if applicable); and the Owner/Director of 240 Certification.

If an issue cannot be resolved internally through our complaint process, one may file a complaint with the Texas Education Agency website.

TEA PROTOCOL

TEA staff has developed a complaint form and procedures to standardize the process for an individual making a complaint against an EPP. This complaint form will be available on the TEA website and must be in writing on the complaint form.

The written complaint must clearly state the facts that are the subject of the complaint and must state the measures the complainant has taken to attempt resolution of the complaint with the EPP.

Anonymous complaints may not be accepted or investigated.

For further information on TEA responsibilities regarding a complaint, please refer to this site.

TEA Complaint Procedures & Form

 

General Program & Application FAQs

Program (General)

Could you please tell me about the program?

240 Certification is an educator preparation program (EPP) that can be completed in 12-18 months. It typically takes only a few months to complete the first phase of the program, and then candidates are eligible to begin working as a full-time, full-paid teachers at a district of their choosing while completing additional requirements. The program includes online coursework (taken in 3 blocks), 30-hours of field-based experiences, and a capstone field experience. The capstone would include a (student) clinical teaching placement (unpaid, no less than 14-weeks) or a full-year (paid) internship, serving as a teacher of record. Here is a visual to help illustrate our program.

How is 240 Certification different than other programs?

240 Certification is an educator preparation program (EPP) for teachers, by teachers! Every single team member has worked in a public school classroom and/or the university setting. We know what it takes to be an effective and influential teacher…and we understand the certification process. What sets us apart from the other programs is that we are “small but mighty”…we are able to provide exceptional customer service through the Program Advisor. Our Program Advisors serve as the “guide on the side” to help and support the candidates from start to finish! Becoming fully certified and doing the job well is important to us!

How long does the program take?

It typically takes only a few months to complete the first phase of the program, and then candidates are eligible to begin working as a full-time, full-paid teacher at a district of their choosing. Additional program requirements are completed while you teach. The entire program usually takes 12-18 months to complete, from start to finish.

How much is the program?

240 Certification is actually one of the LOWEST priced EPPs in the STATE! The application is free. Upon enrollment, the candidate will begin tuition payments ($249.99) for 12 months (totaling $2,999.88) There is an additional field experience fee of $500 per semester (1 semester for clinical teaching and 2 semesters for an internship.)

Total Program Costs: $3,499.88 for those seeking a clinical teaching capstone.
3,999.88 for those seeking the internship capstone.

Additional fees will be required for certification exams, criminal background checks (fingerprinting), testing fees, etc. Please see our website for additional information on program pricing.

How is the program paid?

Upon enrollment in the program, candidates will sign up for monthly tuition payments ($249.99/month for 12 months.) This is typically done by debit or credit card. Once the candidate begins the field experience, they will pay $500 per semester (1-2 semesters, depending on if the candidate chose to complete clinical teaching or an internship.) The field experience fee ($500) can be paid all at once at the start of the semester or can be paid out ($100/month for 5 months).

If a candidate is the recipient of a scholarship or grant funding through his/her employing school district, we typically communicate payments through the candidate. The candidate is reimbursed once funding is received by the district. If an employment school district would like to develop an alternative plan for payments directly with us, please have a district representative contact our Director of District Operations, Jonathan Schneider, at jschneider@240certification.com or call the main line at (903) 471-0957..

Do alternative certification programs (ACP) accept financial aid or defer my student loans?

Typically financial aid and student loan deferments take place in institutions of higher education. It would be very common for a transitional post-bac (master’s degree) program to accept financial aid and defer student loans. It is less common, if at all, through ACPs.

ACPs are typically set up at a much lower cost as compared to a college or university, and they are almost always paid in full by the time of certification completion!

I have student loans to pay off, but would love to begin an alternative certification program (ACP). Would there be any financial resources available from the state or federal programs that may help me with my prior student loans?

There are some student loan forgiveness options for teachers. Some are available in the nationwide teacher shortage areas and there are other loan forgiveness options for teachers and all other school staff. TEA has information on their website that can describe what may be available to help you.

What is the best way for me to actually talk to someone about my situation?

Please give us a call at (903) 471-0957. Leave a message if we do not answer and someone will call you back ASAP (traditionally within 1 business day.)

What are the differences between clinical (student)teaching and an internship?

Clinical teaching, formally known as student teaching, is when a candidate teaches in a classroom with an experienced teacher for a minimum of 70 days (14-15 weeks) and follows a progressive teaching schedule. The candidate will gradually pick up teaching and all other responsibilities and complete two full weeks of teaching/related duties before handing responsibilities back to the classroom teacher. This is the shorter capstone option, and it is an unpaid teaching assignment.

The internship is a full-year paid teacher of record, receiving similar pay/benefits as any other teacher with the same years of experience in that district. The candidate is responsible for securing employment (helpful resources are available to assist with the process). This teaching assignment is responsible for all teaching and related duties assigned to the position.

What is the best way for me to find out the status of my application?

Click Admissions above and all the steps are laid out for you! If you are uncertain about your next steps, please feel free to reach out to us by email admin@240certification.com or call our main line at (903) 471-0957. We would be happy to help you understand your next steps!

For the 30-hours of observation, would I be able to use my time as a paraprofessional or from being a substitute? What about if I am transferring from another EPP and have those completed already?

Texas Administrative Code requires that candidates be admitted before beginning any coursework, testing, or field-based requirements. TAC does allow for someone who had a long-term substitute position (teaching 30+ days in the same teaching position) within the prior two years of admission to use this for up to 15 of the 30 required hours. The candidate would have to provide written documentation from the district for verification purposes.

If someone is working as a paraprofessional or as a substitute that is not in a long-term capacity, it is very valuable experience; however, TAC will not allow that time to count toward the 30-hour requirement.

If a candidate is transferring from another EPP, 240 Certification can consider any coursework or field-experiences that were successfully completed in the last 5 years. Please reach out to someone at 240 Certification to discuss your specific situation at admin@240certification.com or by calling (903) 471-0957.

What is the difference between 240 Tutoring and 240 Certification?

240 Certification is an alternative certification program (ACP) that trains and supports effective teachers while simultaneously leading them through the Texas teacher certification process. By the end of the program, candidates will be fully certified to teach in Texas.

Our sister company, 240 Tutoring, is a certification exam preparation company. They have developed over 300 online study guides for certification exams across the country! Any pre-service teachers or current teachers seeking additional certification, can find online study guides and supporting materials to help ensure test readiness. They stand on the promise of of success with their money-back 240 Tutoring guarantee! Please see 240tutoring.com for more details.

In essence, 240 Certification is responsible for the certification, and 240 Tutoring is responsible for certification test prep!

Certifications Options

What certifications are available from 240?

240 Certification is approved to offer the following certificate categories:

  • Core Subjects with the Science of Teaching Reading (STR) EC-6
  • Core Subjects with the Science of Teaching Reading (STR) 4-8
  • English Language Arts & Reading 4-8
  • Mathematics 4-8
  • Science 4-8
  • Social Studies 4-8
  • English Language Arts & Reading 7-12
  • Mathematics 7-12
  • Science 7-12
  • History 7-12
  • Social Studies 7-12
  • Special Education EC-12

Supplemental certifications, which can be tied to the levels/subject areas of certification include:

  • Bilingual Supplemental (has an additional language exam on top of the supplemental content exam)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Supplemental

What are some things I need to think about when choosing a certification?

Certifications are laid out by subject(s) and grade levels (elementary; middle levels; secondary; all-level). The following questions would be helpful to ask yourself when making a selection:

  • What subject(s)/grade levels am I most interested in working with?
  • Does my university coursework lean toward a certain subject area?
  • Is there a job opening in a school district of choice that is requiring a certificate in a certain area?

IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION: Candidates are required to have a minimum of 12 hours in a subject area or 15 hours in mathematics or science above Grade 7. If one does not have the hours required for that subject area, then (s)he can take and pass the TX PACT exam to meet the admission requirement.

Will my district(s) of choice require that I add a supplemental exam (such as ESL or bilingual)?

Many districts in Texas require that ESL certification be added to the content area to be considered for hiring. Most commonly we see the requirement tied to candidates seeking Core Subjects with STR EC-6/4-8 and ELAR 4-8, and 7-12.

I have heard that there are some student loan forgiveness options available to teachers who are teaching in high-need areas? Could you list what that would include?

Every year TEA submits a list of teacher shortage areas by subject matter and a list of designated low-income schools to the U.S. Department of Education. Teachers with certain types of student loans may qualify for partial loan forgiveness, deferment, or cancellation benefits.

Eligibility for these benefits depends on the type of loan the teacher has, the date of his or her first loan, and whether the teacher serves in a designated low-income school or subject matter teacher shortage area.
You will need to contact your loan holder directly regarding the amount of loan forgiveness you will be eligible to receive. Here is a link to the TEA website with more detailed information

IMPORTANT: Teacher Shortage Areas are announced annually by the U.S. Department of Education and those for this year can be found here. It is important to understand which certifications may be eligible for loan forgiveness and which ones would not.

What if I choose a certification and then want to change my mind later on?

Changing your mind is not as uncommon as you may think…it happens all the time! What is important is that you fully understand what you COULD be eligible for and when you need to have your mind made up by. It is easier to change the certification area early on…the earlier, the better! We want to make sure that each candidate is able to find a job that is tied to the certificate of choice (for an internship). Additionally, we have to make certain that the candidate has the prerequisite coursework and takes our coursework training in that content area in order to make the change.

What if I am interested in teaching in an area that I do not have a minimum of 12/15 university coursework hours for?

Admission requirements outlined in Texas Administrative Code (laws guiding our program) require the 12 hours of university coursework (15 hours for mathematics or science above Grade 7) to demonstrate content knowledge in a certification area. If an applicant is seeking admission in an area that (s)he does not have the coursework hours for, (s)he will need to successfully take a TX PACT exam for the subject(s) desired. Please see this link for additional information about the TX PACT exam.

What are the differences between the following exams: content; PPR; and supplemental?

Everyone seeking Texas teaching certification will have to take the appropriate content exam(s) assigned to the subject area, along with the PPR exam. For example, if someone is wanting to teach high school social studies, (s)he would have to take the Social Studies 7-12 content exam. If someone is wanting to teach elementary school, then the candidate would likely need to take the Core Subjects EC-6 exam in addition to the Science of Teaching Reading (STR) exam. The content exams make sure the teacher knows the content before (s)he begins teaching in the classroom.

The Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam assesses a candidate’s understanding of educational theory and pedagogy. This exam is the same for all teaching candidates and assesses in such areas such as: classroom management; working with English learners; working with students who have disabilities; human growth and development; instruction; assessment; and instructional technology.

Supplemental exams are ones IN ADDITION to the content exams, and would include: special education; bilingual; and/or English as a Second Language (ESL). 240 Certification currently offers the bilingual and ESL supplemental exams. These certifications complement the content certification and can make a teacher more marketable in the field. In fact, many districts in Texas are requiring the ESL Supplemental certification, especially in the areas of Core Subjects with STR EC-6/4-8 and ELAR 4-8.

Certification Exams

What if I have taken tests in the past and have/have not passed them?

There are several elements to consider when it comes to program application, including:

  • Are you still enrolled in prior EPP?
  • Are you seeking certification in the same certification area of failed testing attempts?
  • How long has it been since you have taken the exam(s)?
  • How long has it been since you last took an exam?
  • Did you fail TX PACT exams or the actual TExES exams?
  • All of this information is important for the EPP to understand in the application process. The applicant’s specific information will help the EPP decide how to best guide the applicant, or if additional application requirements may be necessary. We certainly would want all interested applicants to begin the application process, regardless of prior testing attempts. If you would like to discuss your specific circumstances with a 240 Team Member, please feel free to email us at admin@240certification.com or call our main number at (903) 471-0957.

What is the edTPA? Does 240 Certification use that test?

The edTPA is a performance-based electronic, standards-based, portfolio system that has been approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) as a pilot test that can be used to measure teacher performance in lieu of the PPR exam for certification purposes. There are a number of EPPs in Texas that have opted into the pilot. At the time of answering this response (March 2022), 240 Certification is not a part of the edTPA pilot program.
We do anticipate that edTPA will be formally approved as a state certification requirement, beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year. In preparation for this requirement, 240 Certification will be reworking the curriculum components of our program to ensure that our candidates are prepared for the first year of implementation.

What is a TX PACT Exam?

The TX PACT exam is short for the Texas Pre-Admission Content Test, and it is used for admission into an educator preparation program (EPP). EPPs are required to ask for a TX PACT exam if the applicant has below a 2.5 GPA (both overall and in the last 60 hours) or if the applicant is desiring a certification field that does not meet the 12/15 hour coursework requirement.

Individual EPPs can make it a requirement for program entrance if they desire.

240 Certification does require the TX PACT exam if:
Overall (and last 60 hours) GPA is under 2.5 (TAC-required)
If the applicant is seeking admission for a certification area that does not have the 12/15 hours of coursework (15 hours required for mathematics of science at Grades 7 and above) (TAC-required)
If the subject-specific GPA is under 2.5 (in addition to TAC requirements)

If you are unsure as to whether you would be required to take the TX PACT exam for admission requirements, please feel free to reach out to 240 Certification Team Member at admin@240certification.com or call us at (903) 471-0957. You can access some additional basic information about the TX PACT exam here.

Official Transcripts

Which official transcripts should I submit?

It is important to submit ALL of your official transcripts. Any program that you are applying to is required to conduct an analysis on the transcripts and needs access to the official transcript showing the degree confirmation (bachelors and master’s) and any coursework that matches the certification desired. It is much easier to support the candidate’s request when we can review all of the transcripts.

What if my university has closed down (either in the United States or abroad) and I am unable to request my official transcript?

We realize this is a reality and makes things very difficult. When universities have closed down, they typically have a company handle things for them, like transcript requests. If this is not an available option, you can contact the college or university’s accreditation agency (this can typically be found online) to see if they know of any plan that the university had in place for transcript requests.

Texas Administrative Code or TAC (the laws guiding our program) do require that an official transcript be a part of the application process. If you have a second degree (such as a master’s degree), we can see what we can do to work off of that official transcript. However, if we do not receive an official transcript noting the date of the conferred degree, we will be unable to continue the application process.

What is the best way for me to submit my official transcripts?

There are two ways that official transcripts can be submitted: electronic (preferred) or through the mail. Sometimes universities can only mail them and that is fine. Please send them to:

Electronic (preferred): 240 Certification
ATTN: Dr. Lara Cavin
admin@240certification.com

Mail: 240 Certification
ATTN Dr. Lara Cavin
3122 Nealy Way, Ste. 211-B
Longview, TX 75605

What if I am still in college working on my bachelor’s degree, but I know I want to get my teaching certification through an alternative route. Can I apply now?

The soonest that anyone can be ACCEPTED in a program is the FINAL semester of working on a bachelor’s degree. If you already have a conferred bachelor’s degree, you can apply at any time!

The soonest someone can be ACCEPTED into a program is that final semester, and the candidate cannot begin any coursework, testing or any field-based requirements prior to being accepted into a program. (Exceptions: Transferring from another program or serving as a long-term sub…these exceptions are very rare.)

If the applicant is enrolled in that final semester, (s)he can be offered a contingency invitation. If someone has already completed the bachelor’s degree (and it has been conferred by the university, then (s)he would receive a full formal invitation.

What if I already have a master’s degree and just want to add teacher certification?

You certainly do not have to add another degree! All you need is a bachelor’s degree to get started, but a master’s degree will certainly help you as you transition into the field. Going the alternative certification route would likely be the faster and more affordable option.

Don’t get us wrong…there are many WONDERFUL post-bac programs out there that provide exceptional service. Candidates would likely have more time, coursework and professional experiences prior to certification than through the alternative route. Of course, that comes with the additional costs and time in the program associated with the additional degree. It really comes down to personal preferences.

GPA

I have both bachelor’s and master’s degrees? If one is below a 2.5 GPA and the other is above a 2.5, am I still eligible for acceptance?

Yes! If your bachelor’s degree is under a 2.5 GPA and your master’s degree is above a GPA, then you should meet the GPA requirements for admission. Be sure to still send 240 Certification all transcripts, even if one does not meet or support the GPA requirement. The information contained in each transcript is still an important part of the application process.

What if my GPA is under a 2.5?

Texas Administrative Code has some very specific GPA requirements for admission. First, it is important to check the following:
Overall GPA in all degrees (bachelors or masters)

Look at the last 60 hours. If you have a 2.6 in your last 60 hours of coursework, that can be used for admission. If you hours toward a master’s degree, but have not finished that degree, you can use those hours toward your master’s as part of your last 60 hours (to be included with the rest of the hours coming form your bachelor’s degree.)

You can use a GPA calculator here to help you determine if you have a 2.5 in your last 60 hours.

TX PACT Exam

What is the TX PACT exam?

The TX PACT exam is short for the Texas Pre-Admission Content Test, and it is used for admission into an educator preparation program (EPP). EPPs are required to ask for a TX PACT exam if the applicant has below a 2.5 GPA (both overall and in the last 60 hours) or if the applicant is desiring a certification field that does not meet the 12/15 hour coursework requirement.

Individual EPPs can make it a requirement for program entrance if they desire; however, 240 Certification only requires that it be taken for the reasons required in Texas Administrative Code (laws guiding our program). If you are unsure as to whether you would be required to take the TX PACT exam for admission requirements, please feel free to reach out to 240 Certification at admin@240certification.com or call us at (903) 471-0957. You can access some additional basic information about the TX PACT exam here.

How do I figure out if I have to take the TX PACT exam?

This can be a confusing question, and it often depends on which educator preparation program (EPP) you are applying to. Here are the most common reasons why someone would be required to take the TX PACT exam:
The applicant does not meet the 2.5 GPA requirement (overall or in the last 60 hours)

The applicant does not have the minimum hours required to demonstrate content knowledge requirements for the teaching certification desired (12 hours for most subject areas and 15 hours for mathematics and science above Grade 7).

As an additional application requirement, if added as an EPP requirement. 240 Certification does not require that every applicant take the TX PACT exam. In addition to the two reasons listed above, we would require an applicant to take a TX PACT exam if the course hours used to satisfy the content knowledge requirements is below a 2.5.

Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation Information

What if I have a question about my ability to become certified due to something in my criminal history?

This is a very important question that is worthy of an answer early in the application process. If an applicant or candidate has a question about anything in his or her criminal history, TEA has a process to review the information from the applicant/candidate called the Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation. Please review the FAQ document from TEA’s website. They clearly outline the steps and processes one would take to request this evaluation.

International Students

How do I figure out if I have to take the TOEFL iBT?

All applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language as part of the application process. This can be done by:
Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree from a higher education institution in the United States;

Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution of higher education outside the United States, including territories of the United States, where the primary language of instruction for the entire university was English;

This graphic from the TEA website provides a list of countries where English is the official language of instruction.

Verification of satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language – Internet Based Test (TOEFL-iBT). You must take all four portions (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) for your scores to be calculated. The minimum scores required for meeting this requirement are 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing.

What this says, is that if you do not meet the requirements in the first two bullets, then you would be required to successfully complete the TOEFL iBT test as part of the application requirement.

If I am an international student, and the native language of the country is English, do I still need an evaluation of foreign credentials?

Yes. Anyone who is using a conferred degree outside of the United States, is required to have an evaluation of foreign credentials. TEA will accept evaluations of foreign credentials (credential evaluation reports) from the following organizations for the purposes of Texas certification: list of approved organizations.

Where would I obtain an evaluation of foreign credentials?

You will need to contact an approved organization. TEA will accept evaluations of foreign credentials (credential evaluation reports) from the following organizations for the purposes of Texas certification: list of approved organizations.

Transferring Candidates (from a university program or through another Alt-Cert Program)
I was associated with another EPP and I am interested in moving to 240. What would the process be for this?
240 Certification will be accepting a limited number of candidates wishing to transfer from other EPPs. Considerations for transfer approval must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • the prior EPP or post-bac program within the EPP is no longer in operation; and/or
  • the applicant cannot return to prior EPP AND have been separated from the EPP for a minimum of 5 calendar years.
  • Any additional requests for transfers outside of this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants to the program from other EPPs will not be considered for 240 Certification without the completed TEA Candidate Transfer Form with the signature of that EPP’s legal authority or representative.

In addition, applicants must also meet or exceed the program requirements, listed here.

I was in another teacher certification program before, would I be able to use any of the classes or observations in this program? Would I receive a discount for that?

It depends on several factors. Due to the design of the instruction and coursework, any substitutions we can make will be rare and must meet the following criteria:

Service, training or education must have been received by an approved Texas EPP or accredited institution of higher education within the last five years and must be tied to the grade level and content area being sought;

There must be strong evidence that any credit considerations would be a replacement for the instruction/content and that candidate performance on certification examinations or professional experiences would not be negatively impacted;

Certification exams may not be waived or credited; and

Field-based experiences (30-hours) cannot be waived or credited unless the candidate has experience as a long-term substitute as outlined in 19 TAC 228.25(e)(1)(C).

**Additional considerations, including adjustments in tuition, can be made on a case-by-case basis. Final determination will be communicated to the candidate by the Director of Certification & Compliance.

Tuition adjustments will be considered, but not guaranteed.

Out-of-State or Out-of-Country Certification

What if I am certified to teach out of state and want to pursue Texas teacher certification?

Individuals who hold a standard certificate to teach in another state or territory, seeking certification in Texas must first apply for a review of credentials. Do this before applying for an Alternative Certification Program…you may not need to go this route! See the TEA website for detailed instructions if you are fully certified to teach in another state or territory!

What if I am certified to teach in another country and want to pursue Texas teacher certification?

If you hold a standard educator certificate or credential from a country outside of the United States and its territories, you must apply for a review of your out-of-country credentials. Do this before applying for an Alternative Certification Program…you may not need to go this route! See the TEA website for detailed instructions if you are fully certified to teach in another state or territory!

Miscellaneous Questions

There are a LOT of acronyms in the application process. HELP!

EPP–(Educator Preparation Program) An accredited program that prepares candidates to earn Texas teacher certification.

There are three types of Educator Preparation programs including: alternative certification programs (ACPs); traditional university-based programs; and post-baccalaureate programs.

ACP–(Alternative Certification Program) An approved educator preparation program, designed as an alternative to a traditional undergraduate certification program, for individuals already holding at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university of higher education

TEA–(Texas Education Agency) TEA oversees primary and secondary education in the state of Texas. TEA works with the state’s governing boards to oversee all programs related to public education in Texas.

TAC–(Texas Administrative Code) This is a compilation of all state agency rules in Texas. Title 19 are the rules specifically to Education and include the ones that guides the development and continuation of EPPs and their certification of teachers.

SOE–(Statement of Eligibility) Once a candidate has completed the required coursework hours, field-based experiences, and content testing requirements, the candidate will receive a(n) SOE as a part of the intern or probationary certificate process. The SOE allows the candidate to be eligible to assume a full-time teaching position, which is also a part of the certification process.

TExES–(Texas Examinations of Educator Standards) This is the Texas testing program used for teacher certification. TExES has nearly 50 content tests that are mandated by SBEC.
TEKS–(Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills) TEKS are the state standards for what students should know and be able to do in each subject and grade level.

TOEFL iBT–(Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test) This test measures a non-native speaker, potential EPP candidate’s English language ability before enrolling in the EPP to meet the English proficiency requirement. The four areas of language that it assesses are listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

If someone graduates from an accredited university in the U.S. or one of the countries in this list, then the applicant has already met the requirement and does NOT need the TOEFL iBT.

240 Certification Candidate Supports, Services, Privacy and Accessibility Policies

 

Educators’ Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Texas Educators