Educator Preparation Resources

We aim to improve recruitment, preparation and retention of Texas teachers and other educators by working with all stakeholders (including other state agencies, two- and four-year colleges and universities, K-12 schools, school districts, Education Service Centers, parents, students and community leaders) in a collaborative, constructive network.

To Request A New Educator Preparation Certificate Program

If an institution is requesting a new educator certification program for an approved degree, only submit the Certificate Program Certification Form. Information and request forms for new certificates and programs can be found at the New Degree Program and Certificate website.

All educator certificate programs must be approved by the State Board of Educator Certification, and questions about that approval process should be directed to the Division of Educator Standards at the Texas Education Agency.

THECB requirements for undergraduate educator certification programs are found in the chart at the link listed below. An optional worksheet is provided as well. Requirements for post-baccalaureate educator certificate programs are also provided with an optional worksheet.



Teacher Education Field-based (TEF) Courses

  1. Definition - Teacher Education Field-based (TEF) Courses are those courses in which the primary activity is performance of professional teacher activities by the university student while interacting with public school students and teachers as well as with university faculty members in a school-related setting. The professional activities do not necessarily include teaching, but must include more than observation within a classroom. The interaction with students, teachers, and university faculty must be regular and frequent. Courses eligible to be TEF include those in the professional development sequence and in some instances reading, early childhood, bilingual and special education.
  2. Procedures for Gaining Recognition - Universities requesting review of courses for field-based funding should submit a copy of the course syllabus and a short summary of their request via the Coordinating Board's Online Submission Portal. The syllabus must clearly state the professional activities required of the student, the frequency and nature of the involvement of the student with faculty, and the procedures and standards used to evaluate the performance of the student.

For more information, please e-mail Andrew Lofters, Program Director, Academic Quality and Workforce Division, at