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Certification Process

Students begin the certification process during the UTL 640 semester and complete it during their Student Teaching semester (UTL 360 & UTL 670).

To be eligible to apply for certification, students must:
  1. Successfully complete all coursework for the UTeach-Liberal Arts program and the degree program;
  2. Successfully complete the appropriate certification exams (i.e., TExES, TOPT);
  3. Submit a complete application and fees to the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).

Exam Registration and Application Process:
  1. Students are required to create an account with the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) via the TEA Login (TEAL) website prior to registering for certification exams and applying for certification.  Upon creating an account students receive a TEA identification number.  A TEA ID is required for both exam registration and certification application.  More instructions on accessing TEAL
  2. Certification exam dates and registration are available on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website.  Students use their TEA ID to create a personal account with ETS and register for the appropriate exams. More instructions on registering for TExES
  3. After passing the exams and receiving the test results, students formally apply for certification online via the TEA Login website.*  Instructions for fingerprinting and submitting fees are included in the online application.  More instructions on payment for certification

A student will become officially certified when all of the following have been fulfilled:

  1. He/she successfully applies for certification via the SBEC website;
  2. He/she officially graduates and the degree is conferred;
  3. UTeach-Liberal Arts verifies coursework for successful completion;
  4. The College of Education has officially notified TEA of program completion.
* You will have a three-year time frame after program completion and/or graduation in which to officially apply for certification.  If you do not apply within this three-year timeframe you will be required go through an appeals process, which may involve retaking certification exams or completing additional coursework, before being eligible for certification.

Additional information about certification procedures, including adding new levels or fields of certification by exam after receiving initial certification, is available in the FAQs section of this website, in the College of Education Dean’s Office (SZB 216), or on the College of Education Certification page.