• 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 and to meet the requirements for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

  • Criteria for Employment in Plano ISD

    To be employed by the Plano ISD, the applicant must provide:

    1. Official transcripts indicating your conferred Bachelor's degree
    2. Texas teaching certificate or out-of-state teaching certificate
    3. Proof of acceptance into an Alternative Certification / University post Baccalaureate Program and having passed the specific content exam to meet the requirements for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
    4. Proof of passing ExCET / TExES exams to meet the requirements for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 

    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 our TEA profile, use the following link: www.tea.texas.gov

    1. Click on TEA Secure Applications
    2. Click on Account Access for Educators
    3. Follow directions and prompts given
  • Texas Oral Proficiency Test:

    The TOPT / BTLPT is required for only Bilingual, Spanish, or French teachers along with the TExES/ExCET Exams. Registration instructions, test dates and study guides are available at www.tx.nesinc.com.

  • TExES/ExCET Exam:

    All teachers in the state of Texas are required by the TEA to complete state mandated exams before being eligible for certification and to meet the requirements for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 

    Registration instructions, test dates and study guides are available at www.tx.nesinc.com

  • Probationary Certification - Post Baccalaureate Programs:

    Most of the four-year colleges in our area offer a probationary certification program as well. Please check with the colleges for more information about their program. 

    University of North Texas Teacher 
    College of Education
    Denton, Texas

    Texas Woman’s University
    College of Education
    Denton, Texas

    Texas A & M University - Commerce
    College of Education
    Commerce, Texas

    University of Texas at Dallas
    College of Education
    Richardson, Texas

    Southern Methodist University
    College of Education
    Dallas, Texas

  • Alternative Certificate:

    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. For more information, contact these programs:

    Teacher Preparation and Certification Program
    Region X Education Service Center
    Richardson, Texas
    (972) 348-1700
    https://www.region10.org/programs/teacher-certification/overview/

    Education Career Alternatives Program (E.C.A.P.)
    Fort Worth, Texas 
    1 (817) 284-7731
    www.ecapteach.com

    iteachTexas (I Teach Texas) 
    Denton, Texas
    1-940-383-8100
    https://www.iteach.net/texas/

    ACT Houston - at Dallas
    1420 W. Mockingbird Lane
    Suite 260
    Dallas, TX 75247
    214-267-2222
    http://www.acthouston.com/home/dallas/

    Quality ACT
    100 Decker Drive
    Suite 290 
    Irving, Texas 75062
    Phone: 972-872-7228
    Fax: 972-871-7229
    www.qualityact.com

    Texas Teachers
    5429 LBJ Freeway, Suite 425
    Suite 425
    Dallas TX 75240
    Phone: 214-389-1981
    Fax: 214-389-1982 
    www.txteachers.org

  • Emergency / TCAP Permits:

    Teachers who are hired on Emergency / TCAP permits must follow the TEA guidelines to be eligible to be placed on a permit. The Plano ISD certification office will inform the teacher of those guidelines.

  • Out-of-State Certificate:

    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. However, prior to employment, Every Student Suceeds Act (ESSA) requirements must be met by either passing the content exam, college major in specific subject for secondary level assignments, or evaluate transcripts for twenty-four hours of college course work with twelve hours of upper level course work (must be evaluated by the Plano ISD certification office).

    After taking and passing all required exams, the teacher is required to go back to the website and apply for the 5 year Standard certification. During the validity of the 5 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 5 year Standard certificate expires to renew the certificate. Educators must keep their TEA profile updated at all times at www.tea.texas.gov.

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