Teacher certification program

International Candidates

We welcome your interest in applying here at INSPIRE TEXAS | Educator Certification by Region 4. Please read carefully the information within this section if your background and education are from Puerto Rico or a foreign country.






Getting Started

If you are applying for bilingual teacher certification and your bachelor’s degree or equivalent comes from a non-English-speaking university outside the United States, the following is required:

Application Requirements
  1. A four- or five-year university degree: Degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or equivalent. 
  2. A four- or five-year university degree from outside of the U.S. must be evaluated, verified, and deemed equivalent to a bachelor’s degree by an approved credential evaluation service.
  3. GPA: 2.75 Grade Point Average (GPA) or equivalent.

  4. English Language Proficiency Assessment: Must be demonstrated before preservice training by one of the following:
    1. Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution of higher education in the United States.
    2. Verification of satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language-Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT). Applicant must take all four portions (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) for a score to be calculated. All four sections must meet the folowwing criteria: The acceptable passing score on the Speaking portion is 24; Listening is 22; Reading is 22; and Writing is 21. To have scores submitted directly to Region 4, use our institution code 4805.
    3. Please register at the Education Testing Center (ETS)
    4. Information concerning the Texas Education Agency English language proficiency requirements, including new score requirements for the Test of English as a Foreign Language - Internet Based Test (TOEFL-iBT)
    5. List of countries outside of the United States approved by the State for Educator Certification (SBEC).
** INSPIRE TEXAS/Educator Certification by Region 4 offers preparation and test administration for the TOEFL exam.
         05. Credit hours in content areas:
  1. Core Subjects EC–6, Special Education, ESL, and Bilingual EC–6 areas of certification: 24 total college hours including English, mathematics, science, and social studies with a minimum of 3 college hours in each subject.
  2. Core Subjects 4–8 , Special Education, ESL, and Bilingual 4–8 areas of certification: 36 total college hours including English, mathematics, science, and social studies with a minimum of 6 college hours in each subject.
  3. Mathematics 4–8 and/or 8–12: 30 college hours in mathematics. 15 semester hours must be in at least one teachable subject.
  4. Composite Science 4–8 and/or 8–12: 30 college hours in science. 15 semester hours must be in at least one teachable subject.
  5. Documents Needed
    1. Copy of “diploma” and copy of “cédula profesional” (Only for Mexico graduates)
    2. Copy of diploma stating that a bachelor’s degree was conferred
    3. Original transcripts from all universities attended
    4. Original credential evaluation (if available)
    5. Criminal history record (“Carta de no-antecedentes penales”)
    6. Copy of front page of passport or official U.S. ID
    7. Three letters of recommendation
    8. A self-addressed, stamped envelope to return transcripts (one SASE per mailing) 

INSPIRE TEXAS | Educator Certification by Region 4
7145 West Tidwell Road
Houston, Texas 77092






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After your application is submitted and documents received, you will be notified via email of your acceptance into the program and the certification areas for which you are eligible. When you receive your notification, choose the training date that works best for you.
Getting certified

TExES Content Exam
All teacher candidates must pass the designated state certification content exam. Test permission for all content exams is given after the completion of the English/Language Arts module (approximately nine weeks) of preservice training and after passing the corresponding practice exam.

TExES EC–12 Pedagogy & Professional Responsibilities (PPR)
Approval to take the EC-12 TExES PPR takes place during the internship or clinical teaching assignment, and must be successfully passed to receive a standard teaching certificate.



Upon acceptance into the program, you have the option of paying your preservice training fee in monthly installments. The remaining balance is not due until you land your first teaching job (Internship or Clinical Teaching).





INSPIRE TEXAS awards scholarships that are applied toward Teacher Certification preservice training fees for outstanding math and science teacher candidates.
If you are approved for grades 4–8 Math, 48 Science, Core Subjects EC–6 Bilingual, Core Subjects 4–8 Bilingual, 7–12 Math, 7–12 Math/Physics, or 7–12 Science (Composite, Life or Physical Science), you are eligible for a scholarship that reduces your total preservice training fee to $520.
You must complete a clinical teaching assignment or internship in the area for which the scholarship was awarded. If you are approved to test in other areas during preservice training, the other areas are subject to full preservice training fees.

Preservice Training Fee $1,300
Math/Science Certification Area Scholarship  -  $780





INSPIRE TEXAS FEES (Effective May 1, 2018)

Credential Evaluation, if applicable $375
Credential Verification, if applicable $75*
University Courses $200

Prerequisites (IF APPLICABLE based on credential evaluation)

Preservice Training (Payable in 5 installments)

$100 discount on this fee if paid in full at registration




*Additional fees may apply based on the institution and the country of origin. Verification (with existing evaluation from an approved agency) will start at $75, with fees subject to change based on the institution and the country of origin.


Once you begin your teaching assignment, either as a salaried intern or as a clinical teacher,
the following fees go into effect:


Based on initial employment date, we will provide the best installment plan possible


Clinical Teaching Deductions from your earnings will be made when you become a salaried teacher.*

* Clinical Teaching Application Fee - $100.00 *is applied toward the clinical teaching fee unless the candidate cancels the placement.

Clinical Teaching Fee is payable in monthly installments over duration of assignment




The following fees are payable to the Texas Education Agency:

Varies by Location

Certification Tests  per exam  $131
Probationary/Intern Teacher Certificate fee  $78
Standard Teacher Certificate fee $78
Criminal History Check Fee $52
NOTE: Textbooks and materials fees will depend on syllabus requirements.


and Documents Submission Deadline
Prerequisite Training
Preservice Training
April 15, 2019
April 25, 2019–July 14, 2019
May 1, 2019–October 6, 2019
July 15, 2019
July 25, 2019–October 13, 2019
August 14, 2019–January 19, 2020
October 15, 2019 October 24, 2019–January 12, 2020 November 6, 2019–April 19, 2020
January 15, 2020 January 23, 2020 – April 12, 2020  February 5, 2020 – July 19, 2020
April 15, 2020   April 23, 2020 – July 12, 2020 May 6, 2020 – October 11, 2020



Any questions? Many questions? Seek answers about the certification process by attending a free information meeting. Learn about our programs, admissions, costs, alumni experiences, and more. We know it’s a significant step, and we want you to be in the best position to make a well-informed decision. 

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