Stephen F. Austin State University

Teacher Certification

Undergraduate Teacher Certifications offered at SFA

ELEMENTARY Certifications

EC-6 Generalist

4-8 Generalist

4-8 English/Language Arts/Reading

4-8 Mathematics

4-8 Science

4-8 Social Studies

SECONDARY Certifications

Agriculture (6-12)

Business Education (6-12)

Chemistry (7-12)

Dance (8-12)

English/Language Arts/Reading (7-12)

Family & Consumer Sciences (6-12)

History (7-12)

Hospitality, Nutrition & Food Services (7-12)

Human Development & Family Studies (7-12)

Life Science (7-12)

Mathematics (7-12)

Physical Science (8-12)

Social Studies (7-12)

Speech (7-12)

Technology Applications (8-12)

ALL LEVEL (EC-12) Certifications

Art

Deaf & Hard of Hearing

French-LOTE

Health Education

Music

Physical Education

Spanish - LOTE

Special Education

Theatre

Educator Certification References

Educator Certification Application and Resources

The application for Admission to Educator Certification can be found here. Academic Advisors will advise candidates when to apply to this program, which is necessary to proceed within their programs.

Candidates are required to meet specific admission requirements in order to be permitted to continue on within their programs:

1. A degree plan must be on file in McKibben Room 118. If the candidate is not a College of Education student, they must bring the degree plan on file with their college to submit with their application.
2. Have a minimum of 60 hours completed with 2.5 GPA if 1st registered at SFA prior to Fall 2013 or 2.75 GPA if first registered at SFA during or after Fall 2013. GPA MUST be maintained to remain in program.
3. Have a minimum of 12 hours completed in teaching field and at SFA with a 2.5 GPA if 1st registered at SFA prior to Fall 2013 or 2.75 GPA if first registered at SFA during or after Fall 2013. GPA MUST be maintained to remain in program.

4. Testing requirements for Admission to Educator Certification:

Basic Skills Scores in reading, written communication, and mathematics must be achieved from one of the following tests or a combination thereof and have been taken within the past FIVE (5) years:

a. THEA

i. Reading Score: 245

ii. Writing Score: 220

iii. Math Score: 230

b. ACCUPLACER

i. Reading Score: 83

ii. Written score: 6 (or 5 with a writing skills score of 80)

iii. Math Score: 63

c. ASSET

i. Reading Score: 44

ii. Written Score: 6 (or 5 with a writing skills score of 40)

iii. Math Score: 38

d. COMPASS

i. Reading Score: 84

ii. Written Score: 6 (or 5 with a writing skills score of 59)

iii. Math Score: 39

OR:
(You must meet the composite requirements in order to utilize SAT or ACT scores)

e. ACT
i. Composite Score: 23
ii. Verbal (Read) or Math Score 19
f. SAT
i. Composite Score: 1070
ii. Verbal or Math Score 500
Upon admission, the candidates mySFA account will be charged $100.
TESTING RESOURCES:
ACCUPLACER
THEA
ASSET
COMPASS
To schedule your accuplacer examination at SFA, contact SFA Testing.
Scores can be sent to coestudentservices@sfasu.edu Attention: Morgan Marshall
Applying for your Teaching Certificate through TEA

APPLYING FOR YOUR STANDARD CERTIFICATE

Certificate recommendations require the following:

-All coursework completed

-All grades posted

-Degree conferred on final transcript - (may take up to 6-8 weeks after graduation)

-Field experience completed (student teaching/internship)

-Certification tests completed for specific certificate (PPR and Content)*

-An online application submitted to TEA (www.tea.state.tx.us)

-Payment to TEA for the certificate and fingerprint check

Earliest dates to apply for certificates each semester:

-December graduates may begin applying November 1

-May graduates may begin applying April 1

-August graduates may begin applying July 1

Do NOT apply until your TExES testing is completed.

Please note:

- recommendations cannot be made by SFA until degrees have been conferred on the final transcript. If you are seeking certification only, recommendation cannot be made until all coursework/field experience is complete and grades are posted. Students should be notified by TEA that they have been recommended by SFA, this may take up to 6-8 weeks of graduation/coursework completion.

Application Procedures:

-Go to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website at www.tea.state.tx.us

-On the left hand side of the screen, click on the link for Educator Certification.

-On the left hand side of the screen, click on the link for Educator LOGIN/ACCOUNT SETUP

-After you have logged in to your account, click on Applications on the left side of the Educator Main Menu and select Standard Certificate Texas Program

-Answer questions on the applicant's affidavit

-Choose Stephen F. Austin State University as the entity

-Indicate specifically the certificate for which you are applying

DO NOT CHOOSE MASTER TEACHER UNLESS YOU ARE IN THE MASTER PROGRAM AND HAVE COMPLETED TExMat EXAMS!

-Complete the remaining portion of the application and select SFASU University based, College Recommendation

-Submit your application

-Submit your payment and fingerprint fee

-After payment for fingerprints has been made, students will receive an email with instruction on how to make arrangements for the fingerprint scan

Additional Information:

An educator who holds a Standard Texas Teaching Certificate has the option to take any content TExES exam by using the Certification by Exam option. If you are successful on these exams, they can be added to your certificate. Additional exams will not be available until the Standard Certificate has been issued by TEA. Clearance from SFA is not needed to take the additional exam.

You will be required to renew you certification every five years! You logon to this same page to renew!

Content Testing Information
For information on TEXES Content Testing, please visit the website for the Office of Assessment and Accountability here.
Student Teaching Information

For information on Student Teaching, please visit their website.

Current and Upcoming Student Teachers can find information about their semester at: http://coe.sfasu.edu/students/studentteacher

Current and Upcoming Student Teachers can find information about their semester at:
Professional Development and Job Searching

Career Services is a great resource at SFA in further developing your Professionalism and in searching for employment within School systems.

Visit their website to setup an appointment and develop a professional resume or search for jobs posted by prospective employers.

Alternative Certification Options
Students already having a Bachelor's degree, can obtain Certification through an Alternative Program at SFA. Visit http://coe.sfasu.edu/students/post-baccalaureate-initial-certification for more information.