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Certification Process

  1. Create a TEA ID and account. Click here for instructions. 
  2. Apply and be admitted to the Professional Development Sequence (PDS).
  3. Enroll and complete UTL 640.
  4. In order to register for a certification exam, you must create a testing account through the Pearson Education Texas Educator Certification Examination Program site. You must create one even if you already have an ETS testing account. Click here to find out about the transition from ETS to Pearson.
  5. Register for the appropriate certification exams and pass them. (Review a step-by-step guide for preparing to test, registering to test, and scheduling your exam.)
    1. Information on certification fees
    2. What happens if you do not pass the certification exam? Contact the UTeach-Liberal Arts academic advisor immediately to set up an appointment. Note: It takes 45 days from the day you receive your scores before you will be allowed to retake the exam. You must have approval from the UTLA academic advisor to register to retake the exam.
  6. Successfully complete all coursework for the UTeach-Liberal Arts program and the degree program.
  7. Apply for certification through ECOS (Educator Certification Online System) accessed through TEAL (Texas Education Agency Login). 


As required by HB1508, teacher certification applicants need to be aware of the following:

  • In order to receive teacher certification in Texas, you must pass a criminal history background check.
  • If you have been convicted of an offense that is considered not appropriate for an educator, you could be ineligible to earn this certification from the state of Texas.
  • You have a right to request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency prior to admission into this program. The Texas Education Agency currently charges a fee for this criminal history evaluation.
  • More information on the Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation may be found here.

Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions regarding the certification process. 512-232-2143 (Soo Aldrich).