• Educational Requirements: 

    • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States, not including US Territories or;
    • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned from one of these countries: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, India, Ireland, Gibraltar, Grand Cayman, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Singapore, Trinidad/Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United Kingdom and U.S. Pacific Trust or;
    • Pass the TOEFL-iBT exam with the minimum scores listed below. More information about the TOEFL test can be found at this link: click here
      • Speaking-24
      • Listening-22
      • Reading-22
      • Writing-21

    *All foreign degrees must include a course by course evaluation from a TEA approved evaluator. A list of approved evaluators can be found at:

    • GPA
      • If your GPA is 2.5 and above on your bachelors degree, transcripts will be evaluated to determine eligibility and certification pathway.
      • If your GPA is 2.49 and below on your bachelors degree, you are not eligible.

    Additional Requirements:

    • If you have previously been on an intern or probationary certificate, you are ineligible.
    • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States (if offered a position to work in the Houston Independent School District, you will be required to complete an Employment Eligibility Verification form (I9) and produce documentation of your identity and authorization to work). 
    • Testing History (Two or more failed TExES exam attempts will not be considered).

    Application Process:

    • Complete application process at
      • Transcript(s) from ALL colleges and universities attended (including Junior/Community, undergraduate, and graduate)   
      • Resume 
      • Three current references (with email addresses and contact information)
      • Interview with a passing score (Passing Score is 18)
      • Criminal Background Check: Candidates will be required to complete a background check prior to certification and prior to employment which meets the requirement in 19 TAC 227.1(b).  A criminal history may jeopardize an individual's ability to teach and/or be employed.  A criminal history may make a candidate ineligible for certification upon completion of an EPP and the individual has a right to request a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation (PCHE) from TEA.


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