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A&M-Commerce is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and our Educator Certification Programs are accredited by the Texas Education Agency. Browse our broad selection of educator certification programs. You may earn their initial teaching certificate as an undergraduate or a graduate. Professional certifications are available through several graduate programs administered by departments within the College of Education and Human Services.

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Whatever your goals are, we can help you reach them through our certification programs. Find the route to teacher certification that matches your career goals today.


Online Alternative Teacher Certifications

This program is uniquely designed for those who have previously earned their Bachelor’s degree and now seek to make a career transition into the teaching profession. This is a non-degree seeking program for those wishing to obtain a Texas teacher certification without obtaining a Master’s degree.

Post-Baccalaureate Alternative Certification: For those wishing to pursue a Master’s degree and obtain a Texas teacher certification, we have seven Master’s programs specifically geared towards achieving your certification. You can choose from a Master of Science in: Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood, English, Secondary Education, Physics, Reading, or Special Education.

Where It Is Offered Online

1.5-2 years

Foreign Language

Some Independent School Districts Require the ESL Exam

Delivery 100% Online
Total Credit Hours

18 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required


Career and Technical Education Teacher Certifications

We offer eight Career and Technical Education certificates designed to prepare candidates for a career as a Texas certified teacher: Trades and Industrial Education, Health Science, Marketing all which require work experience plus, Agricultural, Food and Natural Resources; Family and Consumer Sciences Composite; Human Development and Family Studies; Hospitality, Nutrition and Food Sciences, Technology Education.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online

1 Years

Foreign Language

Foreign Language Not Required

Delivery 100% Online
Total Credit Hours

18 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No Thesis Required

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Professional Certification Programs

We offer Professional Certifications designed to prepare candidates for a career as a Texas certified educator: Principal, Superintendent, School Counselor, School Librarian, Educational Diagnostician, Reading Specialist.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online

1-2 Years

Foreign Language

Foreign Language Not Required

Delivery Face-To-Face, Online (86-99% Online)
Total Credit Hours

Depends on Program

Thesis Requirements

No Thesis Required

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Resources and Important Information

Updates and Notices

OFFICIAL NOTICE: Science of Teaching Reading Exam

Teacher certification candidates who have completed all educator preparation program requirements are encouraged to apply for their standard certificate before they will be required to take the new Science of Teaching Reading Exam. This exam begins on January 1, 2021. If you are a past graduate and still need to pass your required content exam and/or the PPR Exam, please reach out to our office for information on how to register for your exam. Certificates listed below must be issued before December 31, 2020 in order to avoid this new required exam.

  • Core Subjects Early Childhood-Grade 6
  • Core Subjects Grades 4-8
  • English Language Arts and Reading Grades 4-8​
  • English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies Grades 4-8​

Learn more about the Science of Teaching Reading Exam.

Beginning Fall 2018

Educator Testing Transition

The Texas Educator Certification Examination Program will transition to a new vendor, Pearson, beginning September 1, 2018, for the following tests: TExES, TExMaT, TASC, and TASC-ASL. ETS will administer the new Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) when it becomes effective in fall 2019.

Educator Certification Examination Retake Limit Change *NEW*

Candidates are limited to a total of five attempts to pass a certification examination under Texas Education Code §21.048. A subsection of the law, which currently counts all attempts of the same examination taken before September 1, 2015 as only one attempt, is set to expire. Beginning September 1, 2018, all attempts of the same examination will count toward the 5-attempt testing limit regardless of when the examination was first attempted.

Candidates, educators, and others who took certification examinations before September 1, 2015 and have not yet passed those examinations will find more information in the candidate guidance document. Testers impacted by the change must take their examination(s) by August 31, 2018 if the new test attempt counting method will make them ineligible on September 1, 2018. Candidates who reach the 5-time testing limit must apply for a test-limit waiver to retest.

Note: Individuals who did not test before September 1, 2015 are not affected by the change since all examination attempts have always been included in the attempt count for these testers.

Beginning Summer 2016

Beginning the summer of 2016 in order to register for any AMTRAC course work you must receive authorization from the AC program. In order to be eligible to register and receive authorization for course work you must be admitted into the AMTRAC program. See Admission Requirements for details. You must also be admitted to the Graduate School in order to register for any course work.

Other News

Fee Increase for TExES tests — Effective September 1, 2015

At the August 7, 2015 Board meeting, the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) approved a test and ancillary fee increase. Test fees will increase $11, going from $120 to $131 per test. The test fee for the Core Subjects individual Subject Tests (test codes 801-809) will go from $60 to $65. Ancillary fees, e.g., late registration and score review fees, will increase by $5. The test cancellation fee will increase to $65 for all tests with the exception of the Core Subjects individual Subject Tests which will increase to $32. This fee increase goes into effect on September 1, 2015. For a complete listing of all test and ancillary fees, please refer to the Registration Bulletins posted on the ETS-TExES website at

NOTE: There will also be a $3 vendor fee on all test applications.

Educator Certification Examination Retake Policy Change — Effective September 1, 2015

Beginning September 1, 2015 candidates will be limited to five attempts to take a certification test. The five attempts include the first attempt to pass the examination and four retakes. The five attempts include any of the test approval methods (PACT, EPP, out of state, charter, and CBE). The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is implementing this change to Texas Education Code §21.048 in response to HB 2205, 84th Texas Legislature, 2015. For more information, please see the FAQ document posted on the ETS-TExES website at

Professional Certifications – Certification Office Admissions

The Certification Office requires additional application materials beyond what is collected by the Graduate School in order to be formally admitted to the following Educator Certification Programs:

  • Educational Diagnostician Certification
  • Educational Diagnostician with MEd-Special Education
  • Reading Specialist Certification with MEd-Reading
  • School Counselor Certification with MS-Counseling
  • School Librarian Certification with MEd-Education Technology/Library Science
  • School Librarian Certification
  • Principal Certification
  • Principal Certification with MEd-Educational Administration
  • Superintendent Certification

All of the above applicants will need to submit the Certification Office Application for their certificate program, pay a $50 Certification Office Application Fee, and pay a $35 TEA Fee. Before submitting the completed application, please print, sign, and date a copy. This will need to be scanned and emailed to Leesa Cannon in the Certification Office.

Additional documents are required and vary based on the program for which you are applying. Please email Leesa Cannon at [email protected] for a full list of required items that need to be submitted, as well as information on when you should begin completing steps with the Certification Office.

It is expected that all applicants complete the Certification Office process before beginning the first course in their educator certification program.

Background Check Information

Pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC) 22.083, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to employment as an educator; and pursuant to the TEC, 22.0835, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to clinical teaching.

Per TAC Title 19, Section 249.16 Pursuant to the Texas Occupations Code (TOC), Chapter 53, and the Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 21, Subchapter 8, the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) may suspend or revoke an existing valid certificate, deny an applicant a certificate, bar a person from being assessed or examined for a certificate, or take other disciplinary action because of a person’s conviction of a felony or misdemeanor or certain other criminal history.

If you have the potential to be ineligible because you have been convicted of an offense, it is in your best interest to request a preliminary criminal history evaluation.

For more information or to request a preliminary criminal history evaluation, please visit the TEA preliminary criminal history evaluation FAQs.

EPP Performance and Supply and Demand

The United States Department of Education (ED) has approved the 2020-2021 teacher shortage areas submitted by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

The approved state-level shortage areas for the 2020-2021 school year are:

  • Bilingual/English as a Second Language—Elementary and Secondary Levels
  • Special Education– Elementary and Secondary Levels
  • Career and Technical Education—Secondary Levels
  • Technology Applications and Computer Science– Elementary and Secondary Levels
  • Mathematics—Secondary Levels

The approved shortage areas help administrators support the recruitment and retention of qualified teachers.

Supply and Demand: The Educator Workforce in Texas

Texas A&M University-Commerce is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and their Educator Certification Programs are accredited by the Texas Education Agency. You can view our performance data over the last five years.

Pay Educator Certification Fees

Complaints, Appeals and Resolutions

The Student Complaint, Appeal and Concern Resolution Matrix is provided to assist students in understanding the procedures and process for addressing common issues. Procedures are usually different for Undergraduate and Graduate students.

Step 1

Step 2

  • If your complaint, appeal, or concern is still not resolved, complete the Student Complaint, Appeal and Concern Form and return it to the Dean of Students.

Step 3

  • After all avenues have been exhausted and not resolved to your satisfaction through the EPP (Educational Prep Program) Institute then the final step would be to contact TEA (Texas Education Agency). You may view the Complaints and Investigations Procedures on the TAC (Texas Administrative Code) in Title 19, Part 7, Chapter 228, rule 228.70 and view the process the TEA website. NOTE: TEA may delay addressing the complaint until the proper sequence of complaints have been followed.

TExES Resources

Test Registration

Registration for TExES exams is completed on the Pearson website.

Registration for the Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) is completed on the ETS website.

Test Approvals

Program approval is required before the exam website will allow you to register. Students should contact their academic advisor for questions about TExES exam approval.

Individuals who finished their certification program 5 or more years ago may be required to complete remediation before being given test approval for their certification exam. If applicable, contact Deborah Alford with your TEA ID or CWID to determine what is required to receive test approval.

Study Resources

Alternative Testing Arrangements

Students who need testing alternative testing arrangements for a Pearson administered exam are encouraged to review the information on the Pearson website. Select the exam you need to take, and select “Go” to learn more about the process required to receive alternative testing arrangements for your exam.

Applying for Your Standard Certificate

Use the TEA Login to access your account (if you have taken a TExES exam you should have an account)

  • First-time user Click on “New User? Create New Account”

Once you are logged in:

  1. Click on the tab APPLICATIONS
  4. Fill in all sections of the application.

On the field that says “I request to be recommended by this Entity”

Undergraduate Teacher Certification Candidates Select: TEXAS A&M University-Commerce (University Based)

Post-Bach Teacher Certification Candidates (Earned a Master’s Degree) Select: TEXAS A&M University-Commerce (University Based)

Alternative Teacher Certification Candidates (Cert-Only) Select: TEXAS A&M University-Commerce (Alternative)

Professional Certification Candidates (Certification-ONLY Programs) Select: TEXAS A&M University-Commerce (Alternative)

Professional Certification Candidates (Degree Seeking Programs) Select: TEXAS A&M University-Commerce (University Based)

When all information has been entered, click on APPLY.

Pay TEA electronically for $78.00 certification, $40.25 fingerprinting and $10.00 vendor fees.

If you have been an Educational Aide and hold an Aide Certificate with SBEC, or completed the process with a school district, or already hold a standard teaching certificate (Professional Certification Applicants) you will not be required to complete Fingerprinting again.

Use the tab labeled APPLICATION STATUS to make sure that your payment was processed.

Scheduling a Fingerprinting Appointment

The fingerprinting process is initiated once an applicant applies and makes the payment for certification through the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS). At the time the applicant pays for certification, he or she will also be prompted to pay for the fingerprint background check. Certificate applicants residing in Texas must submit their fingerprints electronically, Option 1, using the Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) approved vendor, MorphoTrust/Identogo. Once payment for fingerprinting has been submitted in ECOS, the applicant will be “pre-enrolled” and MorphoTrust/Identogo will send the applicant an email that includes information to schedule an appointment. The email will be sent from the address: [email protected].

Please note that, once pre-enrolled, certificate applicants may also find the information necessary to schedule an appointment in the applicant’s ECOS account. After logging in, the certificate applicant should choose ‘Fingerprint Status’, and he or she will be taken to a screen that displays the UEID number, the service code and a link for appointment scheduling through MorphoTrust/IdentoGo.

The total fingerprinting background check fee for a certificate applicant in Texas is $50.25, $40.25 of which is paid in ECOS via credit card during the application process. An additional $10.00 is paid to MorphoTrust/IdentoGo at the time of appointment scheduling. A valid photo ID is required at the time of the appointment. Texas Education Agency (TEA) receives the fingerprinting results 5-7 business days after the fingerprint appointment.

K-12 Professional Development

Professional development for K-12 teachers offers you training and credit hours for license renewal or certification in another subject area.

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  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011

Office Hours

Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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