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

    TExES/ExCET 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 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 visithttp://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