Teaching Certification & NCLB Information

Welcome to the Austin ISD Certification and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Certification homepage. This page will assist with the routes to certification, additional services provided through the Texas Education Agency, and NCLB information. Our goal is to provide guidance and resources to help our schools hire and maintain highly qualified teachers and teaching assistants.

if you have questions, or need any additional information, please contact the Office of Human Resources for any additional information at 512.414.1721

Becoming a Classroom Teacher in Texas

University Based Programs
Alternative Certification Programs (ACP)

All the links above, will link directly to the Texas Education Agency website. This website will explain the requirements and application process for each certification route.

**Austin ISD encourages all Out-of-State and Out-of-Country applicants to apply immediately for the Review of Credentials. This process through the Texas Education Agency could take up to four weeks.**


Teachers Already Certified in Texas

All teachers employed with Austin ISD must hold a Texas Certificate and have a copy on file with the Office of Human Resources. The certificate must be valid for employment in Texas public schools.

Services for certified teachers:

Adding Additional Areas to your Standard Teaching Certificate
Renewal of a Standard Certificate
Principal & Superintendent Certification
Student Services Certification

No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

In 2001, the legislation reauthorized the No Child Left Behind Act. "The primary function of NCLB is to close the achievement gap between groups of students by requiring greater accountability and offering increased flexibility and choice."

The State of Texas requires all teachers who are teaching any core content area (Math, Science, English/Language Arts/Reading, Social Studies, Music, and Art) be highly qualified.

A highly qualified teacher is one who:

  • Has obtained a Bachelor's degree;
  • Has demonstrated competency in the subject area assigned to teach;
  • Has obtained full State certification as a teacher or has passed the State teacher licensing examination; and
  • Has not had certification or licensure requirements waived on an emergency, temporary, or provisional basis.

For further information on NCLB guidelines, contact the Division of NCLB Program Coordination at the Texas Education Agency.