If you received your degree in a country other than the United States, there are additional steps you must take prior to applying for the program:
1. You must have your transcript evaluated by a recognized foreign evaluation service. Here is a link to TEA recognized credentialing services: https://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Certification/Out-of-State_Certification/Foreign_Credential_Evaluation_Services/ .
2. You must pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language. To qualify for the program you must score a 24 in Speaking, 22 in LIstening, 22 in Reading and 21 in Writing. You can find out more about the test at https://www.ets.org/toefl .
3. If you are already certified to teach in another country, it may not be necessary to join a program. You can find out more at
In some instances, TEA will grant you a one year certificate until you can pass the Texas teacher exams.