Texas Certification Application Information and Instructions for MAT and Post-baccalaureate Teacher Licensure Students - Direct & Approved Pathway
To be eligible for recommendation by the Certification Office, students completing a post baccalaureate certification program must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript. Students who are pursuing a Master of Teaching degree must have marks of "passed” on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments to include any program required Praxis exams as well as all state required exams.
Students in MAT English must apply first through Utah. See this article for details.
Students who complete a WGU Masters of Arts in Teaching or Post-baccalaureate teacher preparation program at WGU can apply directly for Standard Texas Certification by following the instructions below.
Step 1: Set up an account with SBEC. If you need assistance with setting up your TEAL account for the first time, review the instructions found on the home page.
Step 2: Once you have created a TEAL account, access the "Educator Certification Online System for Educators" by clicking on the Educator link. Fill out your personal information as requested. To apply for a certificate, find the "Applications" tab on the left column of the screen and select "Standard Certificate Texas Program." You will be prompted to fill out additional information and select "Western Governors University" as the institution from which you will seek a recommendation.
Step 3: Fingerprinting and a background check will be required if you have not previously been certified by SBEC. As part of the online application process, you will need to use either the FAST LiveScan service (recommended) or request that a fingerprint card be sent to you. When you receive this card, you will need to go to your local law enforcement agency and have your fingerprints taken. Once completed, the fingerprint card should be mailed back to SBEC, in the pre-addressed envelope provided, as quickly as possible. For further details on the fingerprint background clearance process, go to the Fingerprinting for Texas Educators web page and review the information under "New Applicant."
Step 4: After you have submitted your application, email email@example.com to request that the WGU Certification Officer submit an online recommendation for your TX certification. If you have not already reported your exam scores to WGU, you will need to send a copy of those scores to the Certification Officer before the recommendation can be completed.
Step 5: Once you receive a reply email from the Certification Officer verifying that you have been recommended for certification, you will need to log-in to your SBEC account, complete the certification application, and pay the application fee for Standard Certification. You will be prompted to complete a program exit survey as part of the application process. Be sure to do so only after you have satisfied all requirements for certification.
Article Number: 20193, 2010