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Certification Procedures

Admission to the Educator Preparation Program

Candidates apply for admission to the Educator Preparation Program (EPP) when they have completed 60 semester credit hours. Admission to the EPP is required for registration in upper-level education classes.

At the time of application to the Educator Preparation Program, all applicants must demonstrate that they have:

TExES Eligibility and Registration Procedures

For candidates to be eligible to take the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES), they must have completed the approved certification program requirements for each examination they wish to take. Individuals should consult with the appropriate ASU department or college concerning certification program requirements.

TExES Registration Procedure

Creating and Accessing Your TEA Account

You must create a Teacher Education Agency Account (TEA). Establishing your profile account with TEA will provide you with a TEA I.D. number. Your TEA Account gives you access to test registration, certification applications, fingerprinting, certification renewal, etc. for as long as you are a Texas Educator.

How to access your TEA account through the new TEAL System.

If you have any issues, first contact the Certification Specialist for assistance at 325-486-6608. Most issues may be resolved by working through the process together. If not, TEA will be contacted at 512-936-8400. They will only issue information and assistance to you.

Applying for Certification

Teacher Certification Applications are completed online on the TEA website after all required certification tests are passed. Once submitted, TEA will make the application available to the ASU Certification Specialist. The Certification Specialist will recommend the application once ALL state and local requirements have been met. To apply for a teaching certificate, please follow the steps listed below:

  1. Go to the TEA website.
  2. Click on TEASE & TEAL Secure Applications located near the top right-hand side.
  3. Choose TEAL Login
  4. Click on Educator (in blue italics around the middle of the page). This should take you to another page that is mostly a blue screen.
  5. Choose Applications on the left.
  6. Choose Standard Certificate Texas Program
  7. Apply for Certification
  8. Complete the Affidavit questions
  9. Choose from the drop-down box: Angelo State University (University Based)
  10. Enter Subject: this will be the Teacher Certification you are applying for (I.E., EC-6 Gen w/SPED)
  11. Check that you understand Teacher Certifications are no longer mailed
  12. Check that you have verified your addresses
  13. Apply
  14. Verify Angelo State University (University Based)
  15. Complete the Exit Survey
  16. Pay your application fee
  17. You may be prompted for fingerprinting at this point. If you have already completed that process, just ignore it. If not, apply and pay the fee as prompted.

Requirements for Texas Certification

Candidates desiring teacher certification at the levels of Early Childhood to Grade 6, Grades 4-8, Grades 7-12 or all levels are required to complete the following procedures:

Required Fingerprinting of Applicants for Certification

TEA requires that applicants for a Texas certification must be fingerprinted through their contracted DPS vendor unless the applicant currently resides outside Texas, and is unable to utilize a Texas location of the vendor. For further information click: TEA Fingerprinting.

Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation of Educator Certification Candidates
A Request for Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation is a non-mandatory, non-binding evaluation of an individual’s self-reported criminal history, by the agency’s educator investigations staff. The evaluation is a service provided to the requestor for a non-refundable fee made by credit card. The requestor will receive a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter by email from the agency advising the requestor of a determination of potential ineligibility for educator certification. The evaluation is based solely on the information that is provided by the requestor. Participation in the evaluation will not preclude you from being required to submit to a national criminal history review at the time you apply for your educator certification. This means you will be required to be fingerprinted and to pay the applicable fees at that time. Your criminal history will be reviewed at that time and you may be subject to an investigation based on that criminal history, including any relevant information regarding the criminal history evaluated that you failed to submit for evaluation. For further information or to request this service, please visit the TEA website.

EPI Center

Educator Preparation Information Center (EPI)
Fax: 325-942-2039
2602 Dena Drive, San Angelo, TX 76909
ASU Station #10914

Educator Preparation Program

Apply for admission to the Educator Preparation Program (EPP) when you have completed at least 60 semester credit hours. Admission to the EPP is required for registration in upper-level education classes.