TX Teacher Certification Requirements and Available Licenses - Reciprocity Pathway

Texas Teacher Certification Requirements and Available Licenses-Reciprocity Pathway

Licenses Available Through WGU

Core Subjects/Generalist Grades EC-6 or 4-8

Special Education, Grades EC-12

Mathematics,  Grades 4-8

Social Studies, Grades 7-12

Mathematics, Grades 7-12

Chemistry, Grades 7-12

Life Science, Grades 7-12

Physical Science, Grades 6-12

English Language Arts and Reading, Grades 7-12

English as a Second Language Supplemental



Texas has the following general requirements for all applicants for standard teacher certification.
1. RECIPROCITY / PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Completion of a teacher education program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home-state of the program. If the program completed is an out-of-state program, such as all WGU Bachelor's degree and MAT English teacher licensure programs, then a standard (not temporary or provisional) out-of-state teaching license is required as well. Be sure to also read the Utah teacher certification requirements.

Note: Reciprocity is required for all undergraduate students (Bachelor of Arts programs), as well as MAT English and Post-Baccalaureate and Master of Arts in Teaching students who do not complete demonstration teaching (DT) in the state of Texas. In order to apply directly to Texas without a Utah license, you must complete a Post-Baccalaureate or Master of Arts in Teaching program, including the completion of demonstration teaching at an approved school district within the state of Texas.

2. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: Graduation from a Bachelor's degree program.

3. BACKGROUND CLEARANCE: Background clearance resulting from completion of the required background check upon application for teacher certification. 

4. CONTENT AND PEDAGOGY EXAMS: While there are processes through which reciprocity applicants can have the TExES exams waived, this is a determination only TEA can make. Please be aware, application may be required to provide passing scores on the alignedTExES content and pedagogy exams. Students in a WGU Bachelor's degree teacher licensure program cannot take the TExES exams until after they have completed their WGU program, received initial teacher certification in Utah, and have applied for and received a review of credentials from SBEC. 

For further details on Texas teacher certification requirements, please see the Texas State Board for Educator Certification website.