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 Texas Education Agency (TEA). 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 exams
    • Meets all applicable state certification and licensure requirements

    TExES Exam

    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 TExES Exam Information.


    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 6 months prior to their expiration date with instructions on how to renew the certificate.

    For more information please visit Certification Renewal.

    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 Out-of-State Certified Educators.

    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 Out-of-Country Certified Educators.

    For Further Information on Teacher Certification please refer to the State Board for Educator Certification at: www.tea.state.tx.us.

    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