Teacher Certification

The following information is provided by the DeSoto ISD Human Resources Department regarding certification requirements for teacher applicants and current employees. For additional information, contact sfrizzelle@desotoisd.org.

Criteria for Teacher Employment in DeSoto ISD

Requirements for becoming a teacher in Texas can be found on the www.tea.state.tx.us website.

To be employed by DeSoto ISD, the applicant must provide: 

  1. Official transcripts in a sealed envelope from the university.
  2. Valid/current Texas teaching certificate or out-of-state teaching certificate.
  3. Proof of acceptance into an Alternative Certification/University Post Baccalaureate Program and having passed the specific content exam to be considered Highly Qualified for No Child Left Behind.

Exam Descriptions/Dates


All teachers in the state of Texas are required by the TEA to complete state mandated exams before being eligible for certification and to be considered Highly Qualified for No Child Left Behind. Registration instructions, test dates and study guides are available at www.texes.ets.org

Texas Oral Proficiency Test

The TOPT/BTLPT is required for only Bilingual, Spanish, or French teachers along with the TExES/ExCET Exams. Registration instructions, test dates and study guides are available at www.texes.ets.org

Certification Requirements for Current Employees

Out-of-State Certificate

Teachers who are employed in DeSoto ISD who hold an out-of-state certificate must apply online through the TEA for a review of out-of-state credentials and a one-year certificate. After applying online, the teacher will receive a notice from the TEA indicating that the out-of-state certificate has met the Texas standards for a Texas credential. Fingerprints are required for issuance of the one-year certificate.

The one-year certificate will be sent to the teacher shortly after notification from the TEA . The teacher must pass all state mandated tests as indicated on the review during the validity dates of the one-year certificate. However, prior to employment No Child Left Behind requirements must be met by either passing the content exam, college major in specific subject for secondary level assignments, or evaluate transcripts for twenty-four hours of college ourse work with twelve hours of upper level course work (must be evaluated by certification office). After taking and passing all required exams, the teacher is required to go back to the website and apply for the 5 year Standard certification. During the validity of the 5 year certificate, the teacher must complete a minimum of 150 professional development hours before the Standard certificate can be renewed. The teacher will receive a notice from the TEA several months before the 5 year Standard certificate expires to renew the certificate. Educators must keep their TEA profile updated at all times at www.tea.state.tx.us .

Alternative Certification

Teachers who are going through an alternative certification program must meet that program's requirements before being hired in a school district. Each program will differ somewhat in program requirements. 

  For more information on available alternative certification programs, visit the SBEC website.