Degrees and Certificates
According to the laws of the State of Texas, every person paid for instructional work in the public schools must have registered a valid Texas Teacher’s Certificate with the Superintendent of Schools of that district. An applicant must have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Exceptions to the degree rule may be made for teachers of vocational and trade classes who submit trade and industrial training records and other applicants accepted into programs which comply with Texas Education Agency requirements. Graduates of a Texas college or university should apply through the Certification Office of the college to secure a Texas Teacher Certificate.
Out of State Certification
Those who have out-of-state certification need to work directly with the Human Resources Department to obtain Texas Certification at the time of employment. This process is now completed through the online process of the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) website at www.sbec.state.tx.us.
Educators certified in another state or country may apply for a One-Year or Standard Certificate following a review of credentials by SBEC. The following must be on file in the Human Resources Office, documenting your progress through this process: official transcripts, copy of the out-of-state certificate, and a copy of the online payment for certification to SBEC. After completion of these requirements, SBEC will issue a one-year Texas Teacher’s Certificate and a deficiency plan which must be met. In most cases the deficiency will be only the TExES test. This test is administered by a third party contracted by SBEC and there will be an ADDITIONAL fee for each test.
Offer of Employment
An offer of employment is given the applicant subject to the Superintendents or his designee’s recommendation and approval by the Board of Trustees as required by state law. Professional employees are employed by contract for a term of one year. The first three years of continuous employment in the District are considered to be a probationary period. Certain professional positions in the central office as well as all paraprofessional, support and substitute positions are "at will."