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Texas Alternative Teacher Certification

Admission Requirements

Getting Started

To enroll in the iteach Texas program, you must provide documentation of the following:


You must earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.


This will be determined in one of the following ways:

  • Minimum 2.50 GPA (your undergraduate GPA as posted on conferred degree transcript), or
  • Minimum 2.50 GPA in last 60 hours Click here for a calculator (requires Microsoft Excel)

Your graduating GPA must be calculated and posted by the university on your official transcripts. If your final transcript does not reflect a graduation GPA, you will need to contact your college registrar’s office to have a letter typed on University letterhead that includes your GPA sent in with your official transcripts.


In addition to meeting the basic admissions requirements, you must also meet requirements to be certified in a content area. iteach Texas determines your eligibility for certification in a content area during your application evaluation and the review of your official transcripts.

Qualifications for content area certification will be identified by the following methods in chronological order. Only one content area may be identified for admissions. If you hold a degree in a specific content area, iteach will identify this before any other content areas based on state requirements:

  • TExES Content Test passed
  • Conferred degree in a specific content area based on an academic major;
  • 15 hours in identified content areas of English, math, science, and social studies for Core Subjects, 4-8 Subject Test and/or EC-12 Special Education; or
  • (TXPACT Test is not an instrument for content identification. However, TXPACT test may be required if transcript credits are inconclusive.)

Applicants must also:

  • Have a personal e-mail account and access to a personal (not school) computer.
  • Add to your contacts list
  • Demonstrate professionalism during all written correspondence and oral communication with iteach Texas.
  • Verification of Work Authorization Status: If not a U.S. citizen, verification of lawful permanent residence and a copy of current Green Card must be provided at the time of application with at least two years of employment eligibility.


iteach Texas will review your TEA account and take the following into consideration when evaluating for admission:

  • Years of service taught as a teacher
  • Previous Educator Preparation Program participation
  • Certification testing record;


If you are currently completing your final semester of coursework toward a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education as required by Texas Education Agency and the Texas Administration Code, and you currently meet the identified admission requirements, then you may be eligible for admission on a contingent basis.

  • Spring graduates may apply January 1 – May 1
  • Summer graduates may apply June 1 – August 1
  • Fall graduates may apply September 1 – December 1

To qualify for contingency admittance, you must provide the following documentation along with your application and evaluation fee by the above deadlines:

  1. Letter of completion from an academic advisor or registrar’s office. (This letter needs to indicate that you are currently completing your final semester and you are eligible for graduation.)
  2. Official transcripts through previous semester


Once you are accepted as a contingency candidate in the educator preparation program, you may continue to test on a limited basis and begin your coursework. Contingent candidates who wish to transition into full program admission must meet all general admissions requirements and must provide iteach Texas an official transcript reflecting a conferred degree before receiving a Statement of Eligibility.


Graduates from a university outside of the United States or U.S. territories must provide:

  1. An original Foreign Credential Review from an approved agency. iteach Texas cannot accept transcripts from a foreign university. The evaluation must include a U.S. equivalency for each credential, a course-by-course analysis, and a GPA of credit hours. TEA provides a list of foreign credential review companies that will be accepted by iteach Texas. These organizations are members of either the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. or the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc.Center for Educational Documentation, Inc.Educational Perspectives Educational Records Evaluation ServiceForeign Credential Evaluations, Inc.Foreign Credential Services of AmericaGlobal Credential Evaluators, Inc.Global Education Group, Inc.Globe Language ServicesInstitute of Foreign Credential Services (IFCS)International Academic Credential Evaluator, IncInternational Education Research Foundation (IERF)International Evaluation ServiceJosef Silny & Associates, Inc.Scholaro (formerly Foreign Credits, Inc.)SDR Educational ConsultantsSpanTran: The Evaluation CompanyUcredoWorld Education Services, Inc.

    Worldwide Education Consultant Services, Inc.


  2. Proof of oral English language proficiency through verification of minimum scaled scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing; or if an undergraduate or graduate degree was earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States But appears on the Attached Graphic, you may be exempt from the TOEFL iBT test, CLICK HERE.NOTE:TOEFL scores are valid for two years after the test date. If your scores are older than two years, you will be required to retest.

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