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    Teacher Certification

    There are two paths to becoming a certified teacher:

    • Traditional Certification: Earning a traditional certification involves getting a bachelor's degree in education while completing a certification program at a 4-year accredited college or university. 
    • Alternative Certification: If you have a bachelor's degree, you can earn an alternative certification through a program or post-baccalaureate program.

    Traditional teacher certification

    According to the Texas Education Agency, there are five steps to becoming a traditionally certified teacher:

    1. Get a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university.
    2. Complete an Educator Preparation Program from a college or alternative certification program.
    3. Pass the certification exams (TExES PPR, TExES content specialization, and any other subject-area tests).
    4. Submit a state application.
    5. Complete the fingerprinting process.

    Learn more about traditional certification on the TEA University Certification page.

    Alternative teacher certification

    Hold a bachelor’s degree or higher and wish to become an educator in Texas? Alternative certification programs (ACPs) offer a nontraditional certification route that may allow you to serve as a teacher while completing the requirements:

    1. Select an Approved Texas ACP for your desired subjects.
    2. Meet the program's entry requirements and make a certification plan with the program.
    3. Once enrolled, submit an online application with us. After you have a teaching position, you can apply for a probationary certificate.
    4. Complete the requirements for a Standard Certificate and apply.

    Visit the TEA Alternative Certification page for more information.

    Certification quick links

    Classroom Paraprofessionals

    If you are a GISD employee, you can apply to work in the classroom as an Educational Aide/Classroom Paraprofessional. To do so, you must:

    1. Get an educational aide certification* (applied for upon employment; you can only apply if you are advised to apply by the district).
    2. Must meet one of the following requirements to be considered "Highly Qualified".

    A staff member is considered "Highly Qualified" if they have:

    • Two years of study at an institution of higher education (48 semester hours or equivalent trimester hours); or
    • Associate’s (or higher) degree; or
    • Met a rigorous standard of quality through a formal state/local assessment (provided by Garland ISD upon employment)

    Teach with us

    Are you ready to be a teacher but don't have a job yet? Come apply to be a part of the GISD family!

    1. Submit an online application using the Frontline Job application system
    2. Find the position you are interested in and select it
    3. Upload all required documents such as certificates, transcripts, resumes, etc.
    4. Have all relevant certifications or licenses for the position (such as a teaching or educational aid certification)

    Apply for a job

    Certification contacts

    For questions, please contact the Texas Education Agency - Educator Certification department. Their hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    For district-specific questions, contact: