Certifications and Resources

Austin ISD is committed to hiring highly qualified teachers and teaching assistants, and finding opportunities for all staff to obtain higher degrees. The more high-quality a teacher's education, the better education they're able to provide to students. 

If you have questions or need any additional information, please contact the AISD Office of Talent Strategy through Let's Talk or email certifications@austinisd.org.


Frequently Asked Questions


I know what I want to teach. What certifications do I need?

You can view the Texas Education Agency's Teacher Assignment chart here. This will give you information on required certifications based on grade, content area, etc. 

  • A status of 'Retired'  indicates a valid certificate that is no longer offered by TEA. 
  • At the Secondary Level, all Language Arts teachers must be ESL certified.

How do I become a certified classroom teacher in Texas?

*We encourage all out-of-state and out-of-country applicants to apply immediately for the review of credentials, which can take up to four weeks.

Where can I get information on enrolling in an alternative certification program?

I'm already certified to teach in Texas – what's next?

All teachers employed with AISD must be certified in Texas and have a copy on file with the AISD Office of Talent Strategy. The certificate must be valid for employment in Texas public schools.

Services for certified teachers:

Does AISD offer supports to prepare for ESL and/or Bilingual Certification?

Yes! AISD Multilingual Education Team (MET) offers a variety of trainings and supports for those seeking supplemental certification in bilingual or ESL. See certification support offerings from Multilingual Education.

If I am on a temporary teaching permit or certification, what are my next steps to obtain a standard certification?

We have a checklist that can be used to help determine your next steps based on your permit type.

If you're currently teaching under a District of Innovation Permit, click here to see your timeline for joining an Alternative Certification Program!

What opportunities are there for Higher Degrees through partner universities?

What financial resources are available?