International teacher certification program

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International Teacher Certification Program
Purpose: To prepare candidates with a foreign degree to become teachers in Texas through the Region 4 Teacher Certification Program.
• A four/five year university degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree earned in the United States. Bachelor’s degree from a foreign university must be evaluated, verified and deemed equivalent by anapproved credential evaluation service.
• GPA - Minimum 2.5 Overall (7.5 on a 10-point scale)
• English language proficiency must be demonstrated when degree has been earned from a foreign university. An interview will be conducted by phone or in person. Proficiency can also be demonstrated in one of the following ways:
o Bachelor’s degree earned in the United States
o Bachelor’s degree earnedfrom an English speaking foreign institution (all transcripts must be in English and must include a letter from the university or evaluation company stating all instruction was in English)
• Applicants with foreign transcripts must demonstrate spoken English proficiency by completing one of the following:
o Complete Versant test with minimum score of 55
o Complete TOEFL iBT test with minimumscore of 26 on the speaking section
• Complete the Region 4 Basic Skills Test
• Basic Skills Test policy may be waived, in full or part, for applicants who meet one or more of the following State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) basic skills requirements:
o Degree from the US
o TASP or THEA scores of 230 on Reading and Math and 220 on Writing
o SAT scores within 5 years of taking theexam; total 1070 with minimum 500 on Verbal and/or Math
o ACT scores within 5 years of taking the exam; total 23 with minimum 19 on English and/or Math
o Accuplacer scores of 78 on Reading, 63 on Algebra, 6 on Writing, 80 on Sentence Structure
• 24 credit hours in the content areas (English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies) for EC-6 Bilingual, All Level Spanish and Special EducationBilingual EC-6 areas of certification

Documents Needed:
o Copy of “título” and copy of “cédula profesional” ( Only for Mexico graduates)
o Copy of Diploma stating that the Bachelor’s degree was conferred
o Original Transcripts from all universities attended
o Original credential evaluation (if available)
o Photocopy of TOEFL IBT score or Versant test (if available)
o Criminal History Record(“Carta de No-antecedentes Penales”)
o Copy of front page of passport and copy of current US Visa and I-94 form (If applying within the United States)
o 3 letters of recommendation
o Printed copy of online application
o A self-addressed stamped envelope to have transcripts returned (one SASE per mailing)

Program Training Dates:

Information Meetings Application andDocuments
Submission Deadline Pre-requisite Training Pre-service Training
12/7/2011 1/12/2012 1/26/2012 4/26/2012
4/4/2012 April 12, 2012 April 26-June 30, 2012 7/26/2012
6/20/2012 July 12, 2012 July 26-September 30, 2012 10/26/2012
10/5/2012 October 12, 2012 October 26, 2012 1/26/2013

Step-by-Step Program Process:
1. Submit application electronically to Region 4 TeacherCertification at
2. Submit all official transcripts and other documents before the deadline.
ATTN: Cecilia Cerdan
International Program
7145 West Tidwell Road
Houston, TX 77092

3. Allow 10 business days for your transcripts and documents to be reviewed.
• If applying for bilingual or any foreignlanguage and degree was received from an English- speaking country, an interview is conducted. With a degree from a university outside of the U.S.A., applicant is interviewed for English proficiency; transcripts must be evaluated by an approved credential evaluation company and verified for authenticity (see Admissions Criteria for details.) All candidates must prove English proficiency

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