Now Is the Time to #GetHired

If you’ve been waiting for “the right moment,” wait no longer! The moment is now.

Governor Abbott has just released a groundbreaking update, which temporarily allows candidates to be issued an Intern Certificate before passing a content test. This means that candidates enrolled with Texas Teachers can be eligible to receive their one-year Intern Certificate without having to pass the TExES content exam prior to getting hired*. There truly has never been a more opportune time to become a teacher. Take advantage of this ticking opportunity before it’s too late. Fall 2020, you can be hired as a teacher before passing your TExES content exam! 

Interested? Here’s what you need to do! To become eligible for hire, you must obtain your Statement of Eligibility, by completing the following:

  1. Complete your required online Pre-Service Training Modules (found under the “Training Progress” page in the Intern Portal)
  2. Complete 30 Field-Based Experience Hours (currently 100% online; complete the TCR 000 Field Observation and Reflection course)
  3. Pass your content exam

That’s it! Complete these two simple tasks, and you are ready to #GetHired!

*Valid until October 1st, 2020.

Start the Clock!

An opportunity this amazing won’t last long. Act now and secure your Intern Certificate while the requirement to pass your TExES content exam is waived for getting hired in Fall 2020. This allowance will only be extended through October 1, 2020. Currently, you may earn your Statement of Eligibility and obtain your Intern Certificate to #GetHired when you complete your required online training modules and 30 Field-Based Experience Hours. If you do not finish these two requirements in order to be recommended for the Intern Certificate before October 1, 2020, you will be required to pass the TExES content exam prior to getting hired.

If you are hired and recommended for the Intern Certificate…

BEFORE October 1, 2020 =  TExES content exam NOT REQUIRED

AFTER October 1, 2020 =  TExES content exam REQUIRED

Keep the Good News Coming

Candidates seeking their Intern Certificate are not the only individuals who benefit from Governor Abbott’s waiver! As many of our classrooms have undergone a virtual transition, classroom teacher training is following suit. Governor Abbott will permit districts to virtually employ teachers for the 2020-2021 school year, allowing teachers to complete their classroom training in a virtual setting. This applies to teachers who are:

  • completing a Traditional Teaching Internship
  • admitted into a Clinical Teaching program

Again, this is a  limited-time opportunity, so make sure to take advantage of it. Texas Teachers is dedicated to helping you make it to the classroom and achieve your dream of teaching!

Common Questions from Candidates

When does the TExES content exam waiver begin?
As of Monday, June 8, 2020 (6/8), candidates are no longer required to pass their TExES content exam before receiving their Intern Certificate for the Fall 2020 semester.

Who is affected by this change?
Only candidates who have not already been hired, and are not currently on an Intern or Probationary Certificate, are affected by this new update.

Do I need to pass my TExES content exam to get hired?
No, you do not! Currently, the only thing you need to do in order to get hired is to obtain your Statement of Eligibility (SOE). To obtain your SOE, you must complete your required online Pre-Service Training Modules and your 30 Field-Based Experience hours.

Can I complete all my FBE hours and my Pre-Service Training Modules online?
Yes! All requirements may now be completed 100% online (you may find everything under the “Training Progress” page in your Intern Portal). Check out this blog post for online study tips and resources. 

Will I ever be required to take my TExES content exam?
Yes, eventually. While it is not a requirement to get hired, you are required to take your TExES content exam by the end of your internship year and before you will receive approval for the PPR exam. It is highly recommended that you secure a testing date as soon as possible, because you will not be approved for the PPR exam (taken during your intern year), unless your TExES content exam is passed.

Should I still take the TExES content exam now?
Yes, absolutely! If you’ve been studying and preparing, we highly recommend taking the exam. It will eventually be required, and passing it now will boost your employability. School districts may actively seek candidates who already have their exam passed.

Should I complete my FBEs and Pre-Service Training Modules before searching for a job?
Yes, nothing else has changed. To earn your Statement of Eligibility and get hired, the TEA still requires you to complete your online Pre-Service Training Modules and your 30 Field-Based Experience hours.

What should I complete first – my FBEs or my Pre-Service Training Modules?
You can complete these in any order. We recommend working on both at the same time.

What are my Pre-Service Training Modules?
The Pre-Service Training Modules are all the modules in your intern portal that are labeled “Required” and the electives the with **. The other electives can be completed at a later time.

Do I have to complete my Project or my Elective Training Modules to get my SOE?
Yes and No. You will need to complete the Electives with ** to get access to be eligible for your SOE. All other Elective and Project Training Modules are not required at this time.

When should I start searching for a job?
After you complete your FBEs and Pre-Service Training Modules, you may receive your Statement of Eligibility (SOE). We recommend searching for a job after you have obtained your SOE. To request your SOE- please email SOERequest@TexasTeachers.org

What is the Statement of Eligibility (SOE)?
Your SOE is a document that informs schools you are eligible for hire.

How do I get my Statement of Eligibility (SOE)?
1. Complete your 30 FBE hours and your Pre-Service Training Modules
2. Email SOERequest@TexasTeachers.org
Please add your full name, email address, and phone number to the email to expedite.

How long does it take to get my Statement of Eligibility (SOE)?
It normally takes between 3-5 business days to receive your SOE, after you have requested it.

How do I apply for an Intern Certificate?
You must apply and pay for the Intern Certification in your TEAL account. Make sure to select A+ Texas Teachers as the recommending entity.

What happens if I am not recommended for my Intern Certificate before October 1, 2020?
If you earn your Intern Certificate after October 1, 2020, you will be required to pass the TExES content exam and possibly complete all pre-service courses and FBE hours before getting hired.

What happens if I do not get a job before October 1, 2020?
If you are not hired before October 1, 2020, you will be required to pass the TExES content exam and possibly complete all pre-service courses and FBE hours before getting hired.

Is the PACT exam also waived?
Unfortunately, no. The PACT exam is still required for admission if required.

Should I take the PACT exam if I want to pursue a subject area which requires it, even if I have a 2.5+ GPA? 
Please email Enroll@TexasTeachers.org to discuss possibly switching to another content area.

Will Texas Teachers be hosting any job fairs?
Yes! Texas Teachers’ FOUR exclusive FREE job fairs are coming up in July! This is the largest networking opportunity of the hiring season – you won’t want to miss it. These job fairs will be focused on four major Texas regions: the Houston – East Greater Texas Area, San Antonio Greater Area, Austin – Central Texas Greater Area, and Dallas – North Texas Greater Area. You may #GetHired on the spot! This event is exclusively open to Texas Teachers candidates. You only need to have your Statement of Eligibility to get hired! Check your email in the first week of July to ensure you reserve your spot.

How do I become eligible to attend an exclusive Texas Teachers’ job fair?
Texas Teachers job fairs are open exclusively to Texas Teachers candidates. Texas Teachers requires you to have either your Enrollment Letter OR your Statement of Eligibility (SOE) to attend. Visit our Get Hired page to help you prepare for this event.

What is your Enrollment Letter?
You will have access to your Enrollment Letter in your Intern Portal once you demonstrate Subject Matter Knowledge by passing your TExES content exam(s). Please note if all Pre-Service requirements (Classroom Readiness Training and FBEs) are not complete, it will be stated in this letter. Be sure to attach this to all district job applications that you submit. See an example here.

Do I need an Enrollment Letter to get hired?
No, you do not! Due to COVID-19 temporary regulations, you only need your Statement of Eligibility (SOE) to get hired. To learn more about the new TExES content exam waiver and your Statement or Eligibility requirements, please visit the TEA website.

I’m already teaching on my Intern Certificate, but want to pursue a new subject area; does this update apply to me?
While this update does technically apply to you, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND finishing your Internship Year and earning your Standard Certificate before pursuing a new subject area. If you switch to a new subject area while still currently on your Intern Certificate, you will need to apply for an extension, submit payment for the new certification and restart your time-taught in the classroom. You may bypass these requirements by COMPLETING your Internship Year and earning your Standard Certificate. Once you have your Standard Certificate, you should then consider taking an additional TExES content exam to become eligible to teach a new subject area.

Texas Teachers is hosting a webinar on June 11 at 11:00 AM (CST) to provide more details and answer questions. Register today: