• Which certification is right for me?

    • EC-6*
      • Must pass the Core Subjects EC-6 to teach any subject in grades PK to 6th, including P.E. and Fine Arts.
    • 4-8*
      • At this level, there are options from which to choose. If the Core Subjects 4-8 is passed, any core subject
        in grades 4-8 may be taught. In many schools with these grades, teachers are required to teach more
        than one subject. By testing in single content areas for grades 4-8, the teacher is limited to one subject
        which may reduce the number of opportunities for which to be considered.
    • 7-12
      • Must pass the content area test for the subject to be taught.
    • Special Education EC-12
      • For new special education teachers who will provide grades in core content areas, the special
        EC-12 education test as well as the content area test for the subject and grade level to be taught must be passed. Passing the
        Core Subjects EC-6 or 4-8 will enable the teacher to teach any subject within the range of the
        test(s) taken. For grades 7-12, in addition to passing the special education test, the content area test
        must also be passed. In situations where a teacher in grades 7-12 is not providing grades in core content
        areas, but is providing in-class support, then only the Special Education EC-12 test is required.

    *Beginning 1/1/2021, the Science of Teaching Reading will be an additional required test for Core Subjects EC-6, Core Subjects 4-8, ELAR or
    ELAR/SS 4-8, and the EC-3 certificates. Certification requirements may be subject to change, so stay informed by remaining in contact with
    your University/ACP.

    Section 21.003 of the Texas Education Code indicates that all individuals employed as a(n) teacher, librarian, educational aide, administrator, or counselor be certified according to state guidelines. The best source for information regarding certification is the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website certification page.


  • If you are an employee with Waco ISD and need to add or update areas to your current certification, please notify Luis OrtizYour official certification will be verified with TEA and updates will be made in the Waco ISD system. TEA does not notify Waco ISD if you make changes, update or renew your certificate.


    You may view your current certifications on file with Waco ISD in your Employee Service Center.

TEAL Accounts

  • To renew your certification or apply for certifications, you need a TEAL user account. Please see the information below to learn more about TEAL accounts.