Are you interested in becoming a teacher in Plano ISD?
All teachers in the state of Texas are required by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to complete state mandated exams before being eligible for certification.
Criteria for Employment in Plano ISD
To be employed by the Plano ISD, the applicant must provide:
- Official transcripts indicating your conferred Bachelor's degree
- Texas teaching certificate or out-of-state teaching certificate
- Proof of acceptance into an Alternative Certification / University post Baccalaureate Program and having passed the specific content exam.
Please make sure that your Texas Education Agency (TEA) profile is up-to-date with your current information. Any discrepancies between your PISD application and your TEA profile could adversely impact the hiring process. You can access your TEA profile by clicking on the link below and then following the steps below the link. If you have any issues with the link or with accessing your profile, please call (512) 936-8400 and press #2 for certification.
To access your TEA profile, use the following link: www.tea.texas.gov
- Click on TEA Secure Applications
- Click on Account Access for Educators
- Follow directions and prompts given
Individuals who hold a bachelor's degree (in an area that does not lead to teacher certification) and are interested in becoming a teacher must pursue one of two paths to become a teacher in the state of Texas. Those individuals may pursue enrollment into an Alternative Certification Program (ACP) or enroll in a Post Baccalaureate Program that leads to teacher certification at the university level.
Teachers who are going through an alternative certification program must meet that program requirements before being hired in a school district. Each program will differ somewhat in program requirements. A list of approved programs can be found at tea.texas.gov.
Additional Certification by Exam:
All teachers in the state of Texas are required by the TEA to complete state mandated exams before being eligible for certification.
Registration instructions, test dates and study guides are available at www.tx.nesinc.com.
Out-of-State Certification Information:
Teachers who are employed in Plano ISD who hold an out-of-state certificate must apply online through the TEA for a review of out-of-state credentials and a one-year certificate. After applying online, the teacher will receive a notice from the TEA indicating that the out-of-state certificate has met the Texas standards for a Texas credential. Fingerprints are required for issuance of the one-year certificate.
The one-year certificate will be sent to the teacher shortly after notification from the TEA. The teacher must pass all state mandated tests as indicated on the review during the validity dates of the one-year certificate.
After taking and passing all required exams, the teacher is required to go back to the website and apply for the five year Standard certification. During the validity of the five year certificate, the teacher must complete a minimum of 150 professional development hours before the Standard certificate can be renewed. The teacher will receive a notice from the TEA several months before the five year Standard certificate expires to renew the certificate. Educators must keep their TEA profile updated at all times at www.tea.texas.gov.