Certification In Rockwall ISD

Rockwall ISD strives to hire the most qualified applicant for every position. All teachers should be properly certified as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The Department of Human Resources will review certification qualifications prior to employment.

Basic teacher certification requirements in Texas/Rockwall ISD

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Complete teacher training through an approved program
  • Successfully complete the appropriate TExES/ExCET exams
  • Meets all applicable state certification and licensure requirements


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. Registration, instructions, test dates and study guides are available at www.texes.ets.org.


Prior to employment, certification requirements must be met and verified. This status will be verified by the Human Resources department.

Certification Renewal

A Standard Certificate must be renewed every 5 years. The teacher must complete a minimum of 150 professional development hours over those 5 years before the Standard Certificate can be renewed. Teachers will receive a notice from the TEA several months before their expiration date with instructions on how to renew the certificate. For more information on certificate renewal click here http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=5572.


Educators must keep their TEA profile updated at all times

This includes your current name, address, email address, etc.  If you have any questions or need additional information regarding certification please visit www.tea.state.tx.us.

Teachers who are certified out of state

Credentials from another state must be reviewed in order to become certified in Texas.   For more information, please visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=5372.

Teachers who are certified from another country

Before you can submit your credentials to TEA for review, you will need to have your transcripts evaluated.    For more information, please visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=5315&menu_id=865&menu_id2=794.

Routes to certification in Texas:

  • There are numerous university-based and alternative certification programs. For more information, please visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=7073
  • For a list of Alternative and University Based Certification programs in the Dallas area, please see below:

Region 10 Education Service Center   
400 E. Spring Valley Road
Richardson, TX 75081-5101
Phone: (972) 348-1492
Fax: 972-231-3642

Education Career Alternatives Program (ECAP)  
P O Box 162179
Fort Worth, TX 76161-1217
Phone: (817) 284-7731
Fax: (817) 284-3396

P O Box 1626
Denton, TX 76202
Phone: (940) 383-8100
Fax: (940) 383-8131

ACT Houston – Dallas
1420 W. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 260
Dallas, TX 75247
Phone:  (214) 267-2222
Fax: (214) 267-2273

Quality ACT
100 Decker Drive, Suite 290
Irving, Texas 75062
Phone:  (972) 871-7228
Fax:  (972) 871-7229

Texas A&M University – Commerce   
P O Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429-3011
Phone: (903) 886-5182
Fax: (903) 886-5156

Texas Teachers
105 Decker Court, Suite 460
Irving, TX 75062
Phone:  (972) 812-5650
Fax:  (972) 812-5651

For Further Information on Teacher Certification
Please refer to the state board for educator certification at: www.tea.state.tx.us

If you have any certification questions or need additional information, please contact:

Dana Weller
Certification Assistant
Rockwall Independent School District
1050 Williams Street
Rockwall, TX  75087