As soon as grades are posted, UTeach provides program completion documentation to the University’s Certification Officer. The Certification Officer checks the list above and recommends students for certification if all of the requirements are met.
Documentation is not sent if:
For certification, you're an undergraduate if your degree will be awarded in the same semester you take Apprentice Teaching or after that semester.
Degrees must become official before you can be recommended for certification. You need to:
For certification, you are a degree-holder if you earned an undergraduate degree before your Apprentice Teaching semester. There are 2 option, though, when you apply to SBEC. See below.
You can be recommended for certification as soon as grades post, if you have
University Based? Alternative? See above for which pathway you should select. Or ask us. Include your UT EID and TEAL#.
It is definitely confusing. If you applied for the incorrect certification pathway, you can get it changed. The TEA Help page has instructions for changing the pathway on your application.
Wondering where your certification is? Here are some possibilities:
FINGERPRINTING: Did you complete the fingerprinting process, but your SBEC application still shows that as incomplete? This is a known glitch in the system. Call TEA Fingerprinting at 512 936 8400/option 3. Options for other certification questions are also available.
As of September 1, 2015, candidates are limited to four retakes on a certification test, in accordance with HB 2205, 84th Texas Legislature, 2015.
In January 2016 the ETS Eligibility web service was changed to not send test approvals for a specific test when the educator has reached or exceeded the exam limit of 5 attempts for that test. Please note that the exam registration system does not prevent a person from registering for more than one test on their fifth attempt. If a person registers for more than one Core Subjects subtest (800 series test), and if the person passes on a sixth attempt, that person will need to request a waiver for the attempt to count for certification.
There is a 45 day wait period between exam attempts.
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