Educator Certification

To obtain an initial classroom teacher certificate, student services certificate, or administrator certificate in Texas, students must complete an approved Educator Preparation Program; along with other state requirements. UNT students seeking certification in Texas must submit an online application for certification directly to the Texas Education Agency after completing program, university, and state requirements.

The College of Education Certification Office oversees all UNT recommendations for educator certification, which are submitted to the Texas Education Agency, so UNT students may become certified educators in Texas.

Mailing address
1155 Union Circle, #311337
Denton, TX  76203-5017

Contact
Jill.Denniston@unt.edu
940-565-4226
940-565-2921

Frequently Asked Questions

    • Can I be recommended for certification before I apply to the Texas Education Agency?
      It is your application to the TEA that initiates the recommendation process. UNT cannot submit a recommendation for certification until after you apply online to the TEA. If you never apply for certification, UNT can never recommend you and you will not be certified.
    • Do I need to contact UNT to make sure my application was received?
      UNT is able to view your application once you have submitted it to the TEA. UNT will contact you via email if there is something wrong with your application (i.e. you selected the incorrect UNT option from the recommending entity drop-down menu or you haven't passed all required TExES exams) or if we need additional information. It's important for you to make sure the email address listed on your TEAL account is one you check frequently.
      Note: If you select any option other than "University of North Texas" from the recommending entity drop-down menu, then UNT will not receive your application, and we are unable to view your application because it went to another entity. For example, if you select University of North Texas-Dallas as your recommending entity, then your application will go to the UNT-Dallas campus. UNT cannot transfer applications or view applications sent to other entities. Applicants must check their own application for accuracy.
    • I've already been fingerprinted by a school district. Will I have to complete fingerprinting again? The TEA website doesn’t give me the option to pay the fingerprinting fee, and why does my fingerprint status say "Fingerprint in Progress"?
      If you were fingerprinted using the FAST Fingerprint Pass through Texas Morpho Trust/IdentoGO, previously L-1 Enrollment Services, you may not have to complete fingerprinting again. You can check the Fingerprint Status tab in your TEA account (blue screen) for any acceptable fingerprints. Any valid fingerprinting results will also appear within 48 hours after submitting your application for certification to the TEA. You may also contact the Fingerprinting Division of the Texas Education Agency at 512-936-8400 Option 3 to confirm any valid fingerprint results with the state.
    • What happens after I submit my online application for certification to the Texas Education Agency?
      You will receive a system-generated email from the TEA confirming your submitted application.
      UNT will submit your recommendation for certification to the TEA after verifying successful completion of all college, university, and state requirements.
      Check your application for accuracy. If you select any other recommending entity besides "University of North Texas" from the recommending entity drop-down menu, then UNT will not receive your application. UNT cannot transfer applications or view applications sent to other entities. Incorrect applications will be removed and you will be required to submit a new application with the correct recommending entity selected. You may be required to pay the application fee again and complete a refund request through the TEA for the incorrect application. Review page 6 of the Applying for Certification and Fingerprinting guide if you have any questions about which recommending entity to select on your application.
    • When will I be recommended for educator certification by UNT?
      Applications for certification are reviewed and processed in the order they are received, and are closely monitored for certification eligibility. UNT will recommend a candidate to the TEA for educator certification after verifying completion of all program, university, and state requirements.
      Students should note it may take up to 4 weeks after graduation for a degree to post to their official UNT transcripts. Please contact the Registrar's Office if you have any questions regarding the posting of a degree.

      Students should wait 48 business hours after their degree has posted to official UNT transcripts before contacting the College of Education for their recommendation status. It is likely your recommendation for educator certification will be submitted within this time.
    • When will my certificate post to my online TEA educator account?
      It typically takes 24 hours for an initial Standard Certificate to post to one's online educator account after being recommended for certification. During peak processing times (May, August, & December), it may take longer for the TEA to issue certificate(s).
    • Can my recommendation be expedited?
      Unfortunately, no. Recommendations for certification are already processed as soon as possible and with urgency. Applications for certification are closely monitored for certification eligibility, and the College of Education submits all recommendations for teacher certification in a timely manner.
    • Will I be notified when I've been recommended for certification?
      The TEA will send a system-generated confirmation email once you have been recommended by UNT. This email is sent to the email address you listed on your TEAL account, so make sure it's one you check frequently.
      The TEA will not issue any certificate until all applicable fees have been paid and the fingerprinting process is complete. Official certificates typically post to your online educator account 24-72 hours after you've been recommended for certification, provided you have made payment and completed the fingerprint process.
      During peak processing times (May, August, & December), it may take longer for the TEA to issue certificate(s).
    • Can I be recommended for a certificate other than the certificate I am seeking through UNT?
      UNT will only recommend you for the certificate(s) that correlate to the certification program you complete at UNT.
      Students should note it may take up to 4 weeks after graduation for a degree to be officially posted to their UNT transcripts. Please contact the Registrar's Office if you have any questions regarding the posting of a degree.
      Students seeking combined certificates — Core Subject EC-6 with ESL/Bilingual Supplemental, Core Subjects EC-6 with Special Education EC-12, Math 4-8 with ESL, Science 4-8 with ESL, ELAR 4-8 with ESL, Social Studies 4-8 with ESL, etc. — must pass ALL required TExES exams, a minimum of three TExES exams, in order to be recommended for certification by UNT.
    • Additional Certification by Examination.
      Once you hold a valid Texas classroom teaching certificate and a bachelor’s degree, you may add additional classroom teaching certificate(s) through the Additional Certification by Examination application option. Additional Certification by Examination is a process entirely between the applicant and the TEA. Therefore, applicants must work directly with the TEA during this process. Visit the Texas Education Agency website for more information.
      It typically takes 24 hours for an initial Standard Certificate to post to one's online educator account after being recommended for certification. Once the initial Standard Classroom certificate has posted to your online TEA account, you can go to the Pearson website and register for additional classroom certification exams. Upon passing additional TExES exam(s), you submit an Additional Certification by Examination application to the TEA.
    • Why should I apply for certification if I don’t plan on teaching right away?
      The state of Texas is continuously updating available educator certificates and the requirements for each certificate. If your certification program, certificate, or TExES exam(s) no longer exist when you apply for certification, you will be required to complete additional coursework and/or testing in order to meet current state educator certification requirements and be eligible for certification in Texas.