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Becoming a School Counselor, School Librarian, Educational Diagnostician, Reading Specialist or Master Teacher in Texas

School Counselor, School Librarian, Educational Diagnostician, or Reading Specialist

To become a school counselor, school librarian, educational diagnostician, or reading specialist, you must enroll in and complete an Approved Educator Preparation Program. Contact the approved program of your choice to find out the specific requirements for that program.

To be eligible to receive the Standard School Counselor, School Librarian, Educational Diagnostician or Reading Specialist Certificate, you must:

Master Teacher (Reading, Mathematics, Technology, Science)

To become a master teacher, you must enroll in and complete an Approved Educator Preparation Program. Contact the approved program of your choice to find out the specific requirements for that program.

To be eligible for a Master Reading Teacher Certificate, you must:

  • hold a Texas reading specialist certificate and satisfactorily complete a course of instruction in accordance with the Texas Administrative Code through an approved educator preparation program;

OR

  • hold a Texas teaching certificate;
  • have at least three years of teaching experience;
  • satisfactorily complete a knowledge-based and skills-based course of instruction through an approved educator preparation program on the science of teaching children to read;
  • satisfactorily complete a field-based practicum prescribed by an approved educator preparation program; 
  • perform satisfactorily on the master reading teacher certification examination;
  • satisfy any other applicable requirement for the certificate.

To be eligible for a Master Mathematics Teacher Certificate, you must:

  • hold a Texas teaching certificate;have at least three years of teaching experience;
  • satisfactorily complete a knowledge-based course of instruction through an approved educator preparation program on the science of teaching children mathematics; 
  • satisfactorily complete a field-based practicum prescribed by an approved educator preparation program; 
  • perform satisfactorily on the appropriate master mathematics teacher certification examination;
  • satisfy any other applicable requirement for the certificate.  

To be eligible for a Master Technology Teacher Certificate, you must: 

  • hold a Texas technology applications or technology education certificate;
  • satisfactorily complete the course of instruction as prescribed through an approved educator preparation program;
  • satisfactorily perform on the certification examination;
  • satisfactorily complete a field-based practicum prescribed by an approved educator preparation program; satisfy any other applicable requirement for the certificate;

OR

  • hold a Texas teaching certificate;
  • have at least three years of teaching experience;
  • satisfactorily complete a knowledge-based and skills-based course of instruction on interdisciplinary technology applications and the science of teaching technology through an approved educator preparation program;
  • satisfactorily complete a field-based practicum prescribed by an approved educator preparation program;
  • satisfactorily perform on an examination developed in cooperation with the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board and administered at the conclusion of the course of instruction;
  • satisfy any other applicable requirement for the certificate.

To be eligible for a Master Science Teacher Certificate, you must: 

  • hold a Texas teaching certificate;
  • have at least three years of teaching experience;
  • satisfactorily complete a knowledge-based course of instruction through an approved educator preparation program on the science of teaching children science; 
  • satisfactorily complete a field-based practicum prescribed by an approved educator preparation program;
  • perform satisfactorily on the appropriate master science teacher certification examination;
  • satisfy any other applicable requirement for the certificate. 



July 21, 2014

Charter applicants interviews scheduled for Monday through Wednesday

Texas Education Agency staff and State Board of Education members will interview 10 Generation 19 charter applicants Monday through Wednesday. The meeting begins at 9:15 a.m. Monday and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. A schedule of interviews is available online. Please note that one applicant, Rocketship, has withdrawn. The meetings will be live streamed. 

July 18, 2014

TEA launches federal grant flexibility initiative

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has launched a federal grant flexibility initiative aimed at providing increased flexibility to grantees, including school districts, charter schools, education service centers, colleges and universities and non-profit entities that receive certain federal education grants administered through TEA.

July 14, 2014

Commissioner Williams names Beaumont ISD Board of Managers

  Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today announced his appointments to a seven-member board of managers for the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD). The board of managers will be responsible for overseeing the management of the BISD, including oversight of the district’s efforts to address and correct identified deficiencies and to implement effective, structural and procedural improvement strategies for long-term, positive change. 

June 24, 2014

TEA advises districts of Community and Student Engagement deadline

The Texas Education Agency has advised all school districts and charters of the summer deadlines to submit locally-assigned performance ratings. Under House Bill 5 passed last year by the 83rd Texas Legislature, all districts are required to evaluate the district’s performance and the performance of each campus in regard to community and student engagement.