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Your next steps to #GetHired


Our new #GetHired initiative is to get more teachers into schools this year. Having already passed one or more certification exam(s), you are well on your way to becoming certified. There is a real shortage of teachers in this country and together we can help solve it!

IMPORTANT: If you are a #QuickHire Candidate, this step does not apply to you. Please proceed to Step 2. 

Finish the required courses listed in the Training Progress section of your Intern Portal. Use the What’s Next checklist in your Intern Portal to keep track of your progress.

  • Complete all Pre-Service Online Training Courses marked required
  • Complete one of the following courses: Reading for Secondary Teacher or Reading for Elementary Teacher marked with a double asterisk (ex. **Reading for Secondary Teacher OR **Reading for the Elementary Teacher)
  • Complete 30 Field-Based Experience (FBE) Hours

Once you have completed all requirements, confirm they have been checked off on your What’s Next Checklist and request your SOE at Please include your full name and the content area(s) you are requesting on the SOE.



It’s time to prepare for your job search! Begin looking for teaching positions immediately after receiving your SOE. Once you begin your job search, there are two essential tasks you must complete:

1. Apply for your Intern CertificateAs soon as you begin looking for teaching jobs, apply for your Intern Certificate. You may apply now and pay later.  When you are ready to pay, the cost is $78.

2. Submit payment for fingerprinting. As required by the state, you must submit fingerprints to undergo a background check. When preparing your application, make sure to select A+ Texas Teachers as the recommending entity. The cost to submit fingerprints is $52.20 and payment is due at the time of submission.

Most employers will only consider applicants who have completed these two steps.  

After you have applied for your Intern Certificate and paid to submit your fingerprints, you can dedicate your focus to job searching! Expand your search to within an hour commute from your residence to give yourself plenty of options. Remember that once you complete your first year teaching, you will be able to teach anywhere in Texas! Use our job search resources to help you prepare – submit your resume for review, watch our seminar, attend our webinars, follow our guide to preparing your portfolio, and practice interviewing using our sample questions.


Once you have verbally accepted a teaching position, it is extremely important to complete your “I Got a Job” form in your Intern Portal. Submitting this form will let us know that you are ready to be approved for your Intern Certificate so you can begin teaching! After you submit the form, check your email often for your final steps. Once all steps are complete, you will receive an email confirmation that you have been recommended for your Intern Certificate by Texas Teachers with the TEA.


Start your first year of teaching with full support. Once you are hired, you will begin teaching with full pay, full benefits, and full support. You receive guidance from your Texas Teachers Field Supervisor, an experienced educator who will visit your classroom 5 times throughout the year and is always on-call to answer your questions. Click here to learn more about the requirements during your Internship Year.

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Texas Teachers Exempt Countries

Texas Teachers currently recognizes these SBEC-approved countries:
  • American Samoa
  • Angulia
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Austrailia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Dominica
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grand Cayman
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • Nigeria
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Trinidata/ Tobago
  • Turks and Calcos
  • United Kingdom
  • US Pacific Trust