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Frequently Asked Questions

Congrats! You’re enrolled, you’re on your way to becoming a teacher! As you work toward fulfilling your dream, it’s not uncommon for a few questions to arise. Read our Enrolled Candidates FAQ to find the answers you’re looking for! We value transparency, so if you have another question not answered on this page, feel free to submit a new question using the form at the bottom on the page.

WHAT IS MY PRE-SERVICE TRAINING?

Your Pre-Service Training is composed of your online courses known as your Classroom Readiness Training and your 30 hours of Field-Based Experience (FBE), also known as Classroom Observation hours.

WHAT DOES THE TRAINING COVER?

The curriculum is organized around six main constructs for learning: The Teacher, The Learner, Lesson Planning, Instructional Strategies, Assessing Learning, and The Learning Environment. There are multiple courses within each construct that help the prospective teacher understand the pedagogy behind their role as an educator in the classroom. Please visit our Training page for samples of the coursework you will engage within each construct.

IS MY TRAINING 100% ONLINE?

The Classroom Readiness Training and Test Preparation modules are always available online. You are also required to complete 30 hours of Field-Based Experiences hours before entering the classroom. Due to COVID-19, all 30 hours may currently be completed online, making the entire program 100% online!

DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE TRAINING BEFORE TAKING AN EXAM?

No, the testing, training, and Field-Based Experiences can be completed in any order. The optional test preparation courses can help prepare you for the exams.

WHAT ARE FIELD-BASED EXPERIENCE HOURS?

Classroom observations, also known as Field-Based Experiences (FBE hours) are introductory experiences for a certification candidate involving reflective observation of EC-12 students, teachers, and faculty/staff members engaging in educational activities in a school setting.

HOW MANY FBE HOURS DO I NEED TO COMPLETE?

30 FBE hours are required; all 30 hours may be completed online through your Canvas account.

WHAT TYPE OF EXPERIENCE COUNTS TOWARDS FBE HOURS?

Any experience that occurs on a TEA-accredited campus where you are observing a certified teacher delivers instruction to at least one student can count toward your FBE hours. Substitute teaching unfortunately does not fall under this requirement from the TEA, as you must be observing a certified teacher rather than delivering the content yourself. However, substitute teaching is still highly recommended to increase your marketability and help get hired with a particular school district.

CAN I USE FBE HOURS COMPLETED IN ANOTHER STATE, OR HOURS COMPLETED PRIOR TO MY ADMISSION INTO TEXAS TEACHERS?

Per TEA guidelines, Texas Teachers can only provide credit for FBE hours that were carried out on a TEA-accredited campus after you were admitted into our program.

HOW DO I SCHEDULE IN-PERSON FBE HOURS?

While most schools normally provide plenty of classroom observation opportunities for aspiring teachers, in-person options may be limited due to current circumstances. We recommend you first check the district website and search online for observation approval information. If you do not find more information online, call the district Human Resources department. Make sure you have first searched the district website and contacted the HR department before you call a campus directly. Also, keep in mind that all 30 FBE hours can be completed online.

HOW DO I LOG MY FBE HOURS?

You can submit your completed hours in your Intern Portal. If you navigated to the “Pre-Service” tab, you will find an FBE Submission From. Once your hours have been verified, they will appear in your Intern Portal.

HOW DO I VERIFY MY FBE HOURS?

We’ll help you take care of this step! Your FBE hours must be verified by the person who you observed, the principal of the campus, or the HR department of the school district. The FBE hours will not show as completed in your Intern Portal until they have been verified by email from the supervising individual. After submitting your FBE hours, our system will generate an automated email to the supervising individual. Please ask them to check their spam folder.

WHAT IS THE TURNAROUND TIME FOR GRADED PROJECTS?

Our typical grading time is 3-5 business days, however, there are occasional times when it could take longer.

CAN I RESUBMIT AN ASSIGNMENT IF I DO NOT PASS?

Yes, you have multiple attempts to pass your projects. Our instructors will provide you with guided feedback to ensure you succeed.

I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT A GRADE I RECEIVED; WHO SHOULD I ASK?

We’re always happy to provide you with more feedback! For any questions or clarification regarding grades or project feedback, please email us at CurriculumSupport@TexasTeachers.org.

I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE CURRICULUM; WHO SHOULD I ASK?

Our online instructors are available to answer any questions you may have regarding the training content and curriculum. You can reach them from any page by clicking on the question mark icon. If you can’t find one on the current page, you can always find the help icon on the left slide of your main dashboard. Also, feel free to email us with a specific question at CurriculumSupport@TexasTeachers.org.

I AM HAVING TECHNICAL ISSUES WITH CANVAS; WHAT SHOULD I DO?

For technical issues with Canvas, please take a screenshot of the page on which you are experiencing an issue. Then, you should contact the Canvas support team by clicking on the question mark icon (available on most pages).  If you cannot locate the question mark icon, there is always a help button on the left-side menu on your main dashboard. You can also email us at CanvasSupport@TexasTeachers.org.

I NEED CLARIFICATION REGARDING MY PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS; WHO SHOULD I ASK?

If you are unsure about what is required of you or have a specific question regarding your personalized training path, please reach out to an Advisor at Teach@TexasTeachers.org.

DO I NEED TO COMPLETE MY PRE-SERVICE TRAINING BEFORE TAKING AN EXAM?

No. You may complete your Classroom Readiness Training, Field-Based Experience hours, and testing in any order. We offer several optional test preparation courses to help prepare you for many different state exams.

WHAT EXAMS AM I REQUIRED TO TAKE?

The TEA requires all teachers in the state of Texas need to demonstrate subject matter knowledge by passing a certification exam, also called a subject area test. You may currently become eligible for hire before passing your test, but you need to take it during your Internship Year. Once you begin teaching on your Intern Certificate, you must pass the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam before being considered for the Standard Certificate at the end of your Internship Year.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR EXAMS?

The TExES exams are currently administered by Pearson. We provide full test registration instructions on our State Tests resources page.

WHEN DO I TAKE MY EXAMS?

The certification exams may be passed either before or after securing employment. The PPR email must be passed after you begin working as a full-time teacher during your Internship Year.

HOW SHOULD I STUDY FOR THE EXAMS?

We have certification exam preparation modules within our online training to help you pass the exams. We also offer a wide variety of resources on our study resources page to help you. Our Online Study Community is a public forum where teachers give tips and advice on how to pass exams. We offer a fully online PPR review module, a video seminar, and practice exams to help you pass the PPR. We also recommend joining the official Facebook community to connect with your peers to share study tips and ask/give advice.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER EXAMS I CAN TAKE TO INCREASE MY CHANCES OF GETTING HIRED?

Many candidates are hired after passing a single exam, but this will depend on the districts you apply with and the certification area. If you have passed multiple exams, especially in a high-need area, you will improve your marketability, making you a more attractive hire for schools. It has become increasingly more common for school districts to request or require that candidates have an ESL endorsement. Learn more.

AFTER I PASS AN EXAM, HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO APPEAR ON MY ENROLLMENT LETTER AND STATEMENT OF ELIGIBILITY?

Once your passed exam is showing online through TEA, your Enrollment Letter and SOE will be updated within 3-5 business days by Texas Teachers. See the Job Search FAQ section for more information regarding the Enrollment Letter and SOE.

WILL TEXAS TEACHERS HELP ME GET HIRED?

Absolutely! You ultimately choose which districts to apply with, but Texas Teachers has a team of representatives that work closely with schools across the state. We provide thousands of candidate lists, by request, to schools every year, and host both in-person and virtual job fairs. We notify candidates regarding teacher hiring events and list the schools that have recently requested our candidates. We also provide a wealth of resources to help you prepare to get your first teaching job, from online webinars and seminars to resume review services and portfolio guidance.

WHAT DO I NEED TO GET HIRED?

Currently, the only item required to get hired is your Statement of Eligibility. If you have passed your content exam, your Enrollment Letter will also help!

WHAT IS A STATEMENT OF ELIGIBILITY?

Your Statement of Eligibility (SOE) is a document which states that you are currently enrolled in Texas Teachers and are eligible for hire. You can find this document in your Intern Portal under the “Internship” tab. When you are offered employment, you will take your blank SOE to your hiring school district. After your principal or HR department fills out your SOE, you may return it to us and we will complete it and recommend you for your Intern Certificate.

WHAT IS AN ENROLLMENT LETTER?

Your Enrollment Letter is available after you demonstrate subject matter knowledge by passing a content exam. Your SOE will attach as a second page to your Enrollment Letter. You can find this document in your Intern Portal under the “Internship” tab.

WHEN SHOULD I START MY JOB SEARCH?

We recommend starting your job search as soon as you have received your Statement of Eligibility!

WHAT TYPE OF POSITIONS SHOULD I APPLY FOR?

To qualify for an Intern Certificate, you must be hired by a TEA-accredited campus as a full-time teacher of record for the subject(s)/grades in which you have demonstrated subject matter knowledge (or have been approved for an exam).

I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT A JOB APPLICATION; WHO SHOULD I ASK?

You should call the school Human Resources department, as each district application is unique. We recommend you attach both the Enrollment Letter and SOE when submitting a school application. If you apply with only the Enrollment Letter, submit a new application or amend your previous application once your SOE is available, and then call the school HR department to notify them of the change.

WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER I RECEIVE A JOB OFFER?

Congratulations! After you receive a job, it is extremely important to submit the “I Got a Job” form in your Intern Portal under the “Internship” tab. We can then help begin your recommendation to earn your Intern Certificate.

WHAT TYPE OF CERTIFICATE DO I NEED TO TEACH DURING MY FIRST YEAR?

You will need to apply for an Intern Certificate for your first-year teaching.

WHEN SHOULD I PAY FOR MY INTERN CERTIFICATE APPLICATION?

We recommend you pay for your TEA Intern Certificate application when you begin your job search. Some districts will check to see if you have completed this step when reviewing your application. Here are instructions on how to apply for your Intern Certificate.

HOW DO I START THE PROCESS TO RECEIVE MY INTERN CERTIFICATE?

You must submit the “I Got a Job” form located in your Inter Portal as soon as you accept an offer to teach. Your school must also provide Texas Teachers with a completed Statement of Eligibility (SOE).

WHEN WILL TEXAS TEACHERS RECOMMEND ME TO RECEIVE MY INTERN CERTIFICATE?

Once you have been hired as a full-time teacher of record and have submitted the “I Got a Job” form in your Intern Portal, we will recommend you to TEA to receive your Intern Certificate. Most candidates are recommended for their Intern Certificates during the peak volume months of July and August. If you are waiting to be recommended during these months, the wait time may be slightly longer. Schools understand that Texas Teachers can backdate certificates if you are recommended shortly after the academic year begins. We encourage you to monitor your email for recommendation instructions from our Certification department, and promptly complete requirements. You will receive a confirmation email once you have been recommended for your Intern Certificate.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY INTERN CERTIFICATE?

TEA will issue your Intern Certificate once you have been recommended by Texas Teachers.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN INTERN CERTIFICATE AND A STANDARD CERTIFICATE?

An Intern Certificate is valid for your first year of teaching and used for candidates enrolled in alternative certification programs, such as Texas Teachers. Once you have completed your Internship Year and all program requirements, you are issued a Standard Certificate. A Standard Certificate is valid for 5 years and can be renewed by completing CPE hours.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN INTERN CERTIFICATE AND A PROBATIONARY CERTIFICATE?

An Intern Certificate is valid for only one year. A Probationary Certificate is issued to a first-year teacher who has already passed the PPR exam.

WHAT IF I DON’T FINISH MY INTERNSHIP YEAR REQUIREMENTS; CAN I TEACH ANOTHER YEAR ON MY INTERN CERTIFICATE?

If you are unable to complete your requirements during your Internship Year, or if your Principal recommends you to teach for an additional year on your Intern Certificate before receiving your Standard Certificate, you will need to pay an extension fee to teach another year. Extension fees are explained in your Student Handbook.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE LATEST COVID-19 UPDATES?

All COVID-19 Updates can be found on our webpage, under our Resources tab. Learn more.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE LATEST TEA UPDATES?

All TEA updates can be found on our blog, under the Resources tab. Learn more.

WHERE CAN I FIND NEW RESOURCES, TIPS, AND RELEVANT ARTICLES?

We frequently post new, relevant articles, share resources, and keep you informed about all things teaching on our Teaching in Texas blog! Learn More.

Do you have another question that you can’t quite seem to find the answer to on this page? Feel free to check out our two other FAQ pages:

PROGRAM EXPLANATION FAQ
RECENT APPLICANTS FAQ

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