Teacher Certification » Application Process

Application Process

Step 1: Meet Entry Requirements 


  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education (If you hold a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university or are in your last semester and scheduled to receive a bachelor's degree, you are allowed to take a content test for purposes of admission into the alternative certification program)

  • 2.5 or higher overall on a four-point scale, or a 2.75 GPA minimum for the last 60 hours

  • Clear background. Please view the criminal history section below for additional information.  

Out of Country Applicants with undergraduate or graduate degrees from higher education institutions outside the United States, see the Foreign Degree section below. 


Step 2: Pass TX PACT


  • Passing score on TX PACT in the area of a teaching certification that Region 7 is approved to certify.

Who Can Take the TX PACT


Step 3: Complete the Application and attach the following.   


  • Official transcripts from all universities attended, e-scripts are acceptable.

  • Passing TX PACT score

  • References (the individual you chose as a reference may be mailed, faxed, or email the form back)

  • $100 application fee - you may pay by check, money order, or online at the Region 7 Store
Applications will NOT be processed without transcripts (we must have transcripts from ALL colleges you attended), passing score on content, three references, and application fee.


  • Meeting application requirements does not guarantee acceptance into Region 7 ESC Alternative Certification Program.

Transcripts can be sent by an e-script service or mailed.

Region 7 Education Service Center

Brian Ralson 

1909 N. Longview Street

Kilgore, TX 75662


Step 4: Formal Interview at Region 7 ESC 


You will speak with the Department Director or Program Coordinator regarding your application and your interests in teaching. An acceptance decision will be rendered, and you will be notified of your status.


Click here if you are considered a teacher certified in another state or another country.