These reports provide the number of Standard teacher certifications awarded by program type, certification area, and effective year during the most current ten school years. Two of the reports, "Teacher Initial Certification by Certification Program and Certification Area" and "Teacher Production by Organization and Certification Program" also provide certification information by certifying organizations or institutions. Please note that certifications are not necessarily related to employment status as individuals may have received teaching certifications but may not be employed as teachers.
Reports provide teacher production numbers for either individuals certified (certified persons), initial certifications (the first full teaching certificate earned), or all certifications awarded (including initial and additional certificates as well as renewals). The "Teacher Production by Organization and Certification Program" report provides all three of these measures in one report.
To be included in a school year, the certification effective date must be between September 1 and August 31. Only full Standard teacher certificates are included in reports.
The reports provided in this Teacher Certification section include:
Teacher Certified Person by Certification Program and Certification Area
This report provides the number of individuals receiving Standard teacher certificates by the program type, certification area, and effective year. Individuals receiving Standard teacher certificates during a particular school year are included, whether the certificate is an initial, a renewal, or an additional certification. Reports provide the most current ten years of data and are available at the state and Education Service Center (ESC) region level.
Teacher Certification by Certification Program and Certification Area
The number of full teacher certificates by program type, certification area, and effective year are provided. Only Standard teacher certificates are included whether the certificate is an initial, renewal, or additional certificate. Reports provide the most current ten years of data and are available at the state and Education Service Center (ESC) region level.
Teacher Initial Certification by Certification Program and Certification Area
The number of initial certifications (an educator's first Standard teaching certificate) by the certifying institution, program type, certification area, and effective year are provided. Only initial Standard teacher certificates are included. Reports provide the most current ten years of data and are available at the state, Education Service Center (ESC) region, or certifying organization level.
Teacher Production by Organization and Certification Program
The number of Standard certifications (includes both initial and additional certificates), certified persons, and initial certificates (an educator's first Standard teaching certificate) by the certifying institution, program type, certification area, and effective year are included. Reports provide the most current ten years of data and are available for user-selected organizations or for all certifying organizations.
Certification counts in current and prior school years may change over time as updated certification information is received. The 'as of' date means the report contains all certification data available prior to that date. In general, certification data for an entire school year are available in October following that school year. Prior to this time, the certification data for a school year are incomplete.
Identifies the different training program types an individual may choose to obtain a Standard teacher certificate. The most widely used programs are Standard (also known as Undergraduate) and Alternative. Five program types are included in this report:
- Standard (or Undergraduate) programs are often referred to as traditional programs and are offered by colleges and universities. These programs are designed for undergraduates seeking teacher certification.
- Alternative and Post-Baccalaureate programs are for those who already have a college degree and wish to obtain a teaching certificate.
- Certification by Exam is available for educators who already hold a full Texas teaching certificate and wish to obtain an additional certification.
- Out of State programs are available for educators who already hold a full teaching certificate outside of Texas but wish to receive certification in order to teach in Texas schools.
For more information on the various training programs please visit this link: https://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Certification/.
There are 12 certification areas represented on this report:
- Bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) Education
- Career and Technical Education
- Computer Science
- English Language Arts and Reading
- Fine Arts
- General Elementary
- Health and Physical Education
- Languages Other than English
- Social Studies
- Special Education
The reporting period consists of the fall, spring, and summer semesters that begin generally in September and run through the following August. For example, fall 2011, spring 2012 and summer 2012 comprise school year 2011-2012, also referred to as school year 2012.
Certificate or Certification:
State issued document or credential issued by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) authorizing an individual to teach in the public elementary and secondary schools of Texas after completing all state mandated requirements.
Individual with a Standard teacher certification, normally renewable every 5 years, in effect for the given school year.
An educator's first Standard teaching certificate of a particular type.
Certifying Organization or Institution:
An educational institution (such as a college or university) or other organization that provides an approved educator preparation program for teacher training.
Standard Teacher Certificate:
Full teacher certification that is normally renewable every 5 years.