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Teacher Certification

Bilingual Teacher with StudentsThe following information is provided by the Plano ISD Human Resources Department regarding certification requirements for teacher applicants and current employees. For additional information, contact Karon Klahr at (469) 752-8234 or

  • Criteria for Employment in Plano ISD
  • Exam Descriptions / Dates (TExES / ExCET / Texas Oral Proficiency Test)
  • Certification Requirements
    • Provisional / Standard Certificate
    • One Year Certificate
    • Probationary Certificate

Criteria for Employment in Plano ISD

Requirements for becoming a teacher in Texas can be found on the website.

To be employed by the Plano ISD, the applicant must provide:

  1. Official transcripts
  2. Texas teaching certificate or out-of-state teaching certificate
  3. Proof of acceptance into an Alternative Certification / University Post Baccalaureate Program and having passed the specific content exam to be considered Highly Qualified for No Child Left Behind.
  4. Proof of passing ExCET / TExES exam for No Child Left Behind.

Please make sure that your Texas Education Agency (TEA) profile is up-to-date with your current information.  Any discrepancies between your PISD application and your TEA profile could adversely impact the hiring process.  You can access your TEA profile by clicking on the link below and then following the steps below the link.  If you have any issues with the link or with accessing your profile, please call (512) 936-8400 and press #2 for certification.

  • Click on TEASE & TEAL Secure Applications
  • Click on TEAL Login
  • Login with your username and password

Exam Descriptions / Dates


All teachers in the state of Texas are required by the TEA to complete state mandated exams before being eligible for certification and to be considered Highly Qualified for No Child Left Behind. Registration instructions, test dates and study guides are available at Opens new window

Texas Oral Proficiency Test

The TOPT / BTLPT is required for only Bilingual, Spanish, or French teachers along with the TExES/ExCET Exams. Registration instructions, test dates and study guides are available at

Certification Requirements for Current Employees

Out-of-State Certificate

Teachers who are employed in Plano ISD who hold an out-of-state certificate must apply online through the TEA Opens new window for a review of out-of-state credentials and a one-year certificate. After applying online, the teacher will receive a notice from the TEA indicating that the out-of-state certificate has met the Texas standards for a Texas credential. Finger prints are required for issuance of the one-year certificate.

The one-year certificate will be sent to the teacher shortly after notification from the TEA. The teacher must pass all state mandated tests as indicated on the review during the validity dates of the one-year certificate. However, prior to employment No Child Left Behind requirements must be met by either passing the content exam, college major in specific subject  for secondary level assignments, or evaluate transcripts for twenty-four hours of college course work with twelve hours of upper level course work (must be evaluated by certification office).  After taking and passing all required exams, the teacher is required to go back to the website and apply for the 5 year Standard certification. During the validity of the 5 year certificate, the teacher must complete a minimum of 150 professional development hours before the Standard certificate can be renewed. The teacher will receive a notice from the TEA several months before the 5 year Standard certificate expires to renew the certificate. Educators must keep their TEA profile updated at all times at .

Emergency / TCAP Permits

Teachers who are hired on Emergency / TCAP permits must follow the TEA guidelines to be eligible to be placed on a permit. The certification office will inform the teacher of those guidelines.

Alternative Certification

Teachers who are going through an alternative certification program must meet that program requirements before being hired in a school district. Each program will differ somewhat in program requirements. For more information, contact these programs:

Teacher Preparation and Certification Program
Region X Education Service Center
Richardson, Texas
(972) 348-1700

Education Career Alternatives Program (E.C.A.P.)
Fort Worth, Texas
1 (817) 284-7731

iteAChtexas (I Teach Texas)
Denton, Texas

ACT Houston - at Dallas
1420 W. Mockingbird Lane
Suite 260
Dallas, TX 75247

Quality ACT
100 Decker Drive
Suite 290
Irving, Texas 75062
Phone:  972-872-7228
Fax:  972-871-7229

Texas Teachers
5429 LBJ Freeway, Suite 425
Suite 425
Dallas TX 75240
Phone:  214-389-1981
Fax:  214-389-1982

Probationary Certification

Most of the four-year colleges in our area offer a probationary certification program as well. Please check with the colleges for more information about their program.

University of North Texas
College of Education
Denton, Texas

Texas Woman’s University
College of Education
Denton, Texas

Texas A & M University (Commerce)
College of Education
Commerce, Texas

University of Texas at Dallas
College of Education
Richardson, Texas