What requirements must I meet before I am eligible to be recommended for standard certification?
Candidates must successfully complete:
- Required curriculum with
- a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50
- a grade of C of higher in all coursework
- Student Teaching or Internship
- State-mandated Exams
Additionally, candidates must clear all outstanding financial obligations to LeTourneau University.
What is the certification process and at what point am I officially certified?
First, the candidate’s grades must be posted. When the last class is over (or the last day of student teaching or internship), instructors are typically allowed at least a week to submit grades. When all grades have been posted by the registrar and all TExES exam scores have been posted to the TEA website, the Certification Office will verify all requirements.
The Director of Educator Certification will recommend (via the Internet) the candidate for certification after verification that:
- all requirements have been met (coursework, student teaching/internship, and state-mandated exams)
- all financial obligations to the university have been cleared
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will email notification of recommendation to the candidate, who is responsible for remitting the credentialing fee and the fingerprinting fee to TEA. The Certification Office will mail a congratulatory letter and a copy of the recommendation to the candidate. The candidate is officially certified when the virtual certificate is posted. TEA no longer mails a paper copy of the Texas teacher certificate to the candidate. Texas teacher certificates can be printed by logging onto www.tea.state.tx.us
What is a virtual certificate?
TEA maintains a website that contains virtual certificates
for Texas educators. Potential employers will access educator information from the TEA website. Virtual certificates are public records and can be accessed by anyone.
What are the TEA fees?
I have a personal email account. Do I have to use the LETU email account when corresponding with the Certification Office?
The candidate may use a personal email account when seeking information, but official program correspondence will be sent to your LETU account and not your personal account. Therefore, the candidate should check the LETU account on a regular basis; failure to do so may result in missing important notices, information, and deadlines.
What should I do if I am having trouble with my LETU email account?
Call the Information Technology (IT) Help Desk at 903.233.3500 or 1.866.TEC.LETU (1.866.832.5388)
Help Desk hours are:
- Monday-Friday 8:00 am – Midnight
- Saturday 12:00 pm – Midnight
- Sunday 2:00 pm – Midnight