Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What if I attended more than one college, but all courses, hours, and grades appear on the transcript of the college where I earned my degree?
We require receipt of all official transcripts from every college or university attended. Faxed transcripts are not considered official.
Q: Do I have to complete a criminal history check?
All candidates are screened for criminal history prior to admissions. This screening is initiated by Region 7 once an application has been submitted. Candidates who fail to self-report and provide documentation of their criminal history may not be admitted. As a service, TEA will provide a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation for a non-refundable fee.
You are eligible to request a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation from TEA if:
- You enrolled or planning to enroll in an educator preparation program or
- You are planning to take a certification exam for initial educator certification, and
- You have reason to believe that you may be ineligible for educator certification due to a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense.
You are not eligible for a preliminary evaluation of your criminal history if you do not have a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense.
For more information review the FAQs for the Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation.
Candidates with violent crimes, crimes against a person, or crimes that resulted in a felony charge may not be admitted to the Region 7 Educator Certification Program. In addition, candidates who have a habitual misdemeanor criminal history may be denied entrance at the discretion of the Region 7 Educator Certification Program.
Q: If I do not have all the necessary coursework at this time, may I still submit an application?
Yes, but only if you will graduate or complete required coursework in the semester for which you are applying. All other application requirements must be met for the application to be considered.
Q: Is there a grade point average (GPA) requirement for this program? Am I automatically excluded if I don’t meet this requirement?
The GPA requirement for our program is 2.5 overall. If an applicant does not meet this requirement, he or she may also qualify with a GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 hours of coursework. (Each entering class/cohort must have a minimum cohort average of 3.0.)
A GPA lower than the required 2.5 does not automatically disqualify an applicant however it is used as a screening measure and we are only able to take a very limited number of applicants who do not meet this measure.
Q: When are reference forms due?
Reference forms and all other required application materials are due by the application deadline for an application to be processed.
Q: Does Region 7 place teacher interns with school districts?
With in-person sessions and online coursework, blended training prepares you to lead a classroom. You have the opportunity to ask questions and receive immediate feedback on your progress. Online Learning is conducted entirely on your computer or mobile device. This format allows you to work at your own pace within the training time frame. In-Person training is one Saturday a month from September – May and up to fifteen days in June.
Q: When can I start my internship?
To be hired by a school district and start your internship, you must pass your content exam. Candidates will complete 180 hours of training and preparation for the content. Please note that Core Subjects (EC-6 and 4-8), ELAR 4-8, and ELAR/Social Studies 4-8 also require the Science of Teaching Reading (STR) exam.
Q: During the teacher internship, am I paid a salary?
When hired by a school district, teacher interns are paid a first-year teacher’s salary. As with any employment, it is the employee’s responsibility to inquire with the employing school district as to salary and benefits. Teacher interns are considered classroom teachers and an employee of the school district. Teacher interns are subject to all rules and responsibilities outlined in local school board policy. Once teacher interns earn their certification, the teacher internship year counts as the first year of service.