Certificate Renewal and CPE Requirements

The standard certificate was issued beginning September 1, 1999. Individuals who complete preparation and/or testing requirements after that date are issued the Standard Certificate. The Standard Certificate must be renewed every five years to remain valid.

Each educator will affirm through an online affidavit submitted to TEA that all requirements for renewal have been met. Information regarding criminal history and compliance with student loan and child support obligations will be obtained by TEA from other state agencies. If information is presented falsely on the affidavit, the educator could be subject to criminal charges and sanctioning of his/her certificate.

An online affidavit must be submitted to TEA that assures that all requirements for renewal have been met. Information regarding criminal history and compliance with student loan and child support obligations will be obtained by TEA from other state agencies. If information is presented falsely on the affidavit, the educator could be subject to criminal charges and sanctioning of his/her certificate.

Educators are responsible for maintaining a record of their CPE credits, and will not need to submit evidence of completion of CPE credits unless specifically requested by TEA for audit purposes. It is the responsibility of the educator and the school district to determine which workshops or training sessions meet the requirements for standard certificate renewal. TEA staff will not make these determinations. This allows maximum flexibility for educators to identify appropriate CPE activities to meet their individual needs.

All certified educators, seeking to renew a certificate must:

  • hold a valid Standard Certificate that has not been, nor is in the process of being, sanctioned by TEA;
  • successfully undergo a national criminal background check by submitting fingerprints for review;
  • not be in default on a student loan or in arrears of child support;
  • complete the required number of clock hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE);
  • pay the appropriate renewal fee.

The CPE requirements for each class of certificate are as follows:

  • classroom teachers must complete 150 clock hours every five years;
  • counselors must complete 200 clock hours every five years;
  • learning resource specialists and school librarians must complete 200 clock hours every five years;
  • reading specialists must complete 200 clock hours every five years;
  • educational diagnosticians must complete 200 clock hours every five years;
  • master teachers must complete 200 clock hours every five years;
  • and superintendents and principals must complete 200 clock hours every 5 years

At least 80% of the CPE activities should be directly related to the certificate(s) being renewed and focus on the standards required for the initial issuance of the certificate(s)

Methods to earn CPE hours:

  • Workshops, conferences, and in-service or staff development delivered by an approved registered provider;
  • undergraduate and graduate coursework through an accredited institution of higher education, with one semester credit being equivalent to 15 CPE clock hours;
  • interactive distance learning, video conferencing, or on-line activities;
  • independent study, not to exceed 20% of the required clock hours; development of curriculum or CPE training materials; presenting CPE activities, not to exceed 10% of the required clock hours;
  • serving as a mentor (teacher to teacher), not to exceed 30% of the required clock hours;
  • Only those CPE activities from approved registered providers will be recognized for Standard Certificate renewal purposes

It is the responsibility of the educator and the school district to determine which workshops or training sessions meet the requirements for Standard Certificate renewal. TEA staff will not make these determinations. This allows maximum flexibility for educators to identify appropriate CPE activities to meet their individual needs.

Helpful links:

Requirements for Renewing a Standard Certificate
Frequently asked questions concerning certificate renewal
Standards for the Superintendent Certificate
Standards for the Principal Certificate

Texas Association of School Administrators is an approved provider for Continuing Professional Education credit hours.
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