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Educator Certification

and Post Baccalaureate Initial Certification Program

Certification Officer

Katie Snyder
Phone: 936.468.1740


Approved Certificate Areas for Stephen F Austin State University

Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resources (Grades 6-12)  

Agricultural Science and Technology (Grades 6-12)  

Art (Grades EC-12)  

Bilingual Education Supplemental-Spanish (Grades NA)  

Business Education (Grades 6-12)  

Chemistry (Grades 7-12)  

Core Subjects (Grades 4-8)  

Core Subjects (Grades EC-6)  

Dance (Grades 8-12)  

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Grades EC-12)  

Educational Diagnostician (Grades EC-12)  

English Language Arts and Reading (Grades 4-8)  

English Language Arts and Reading (Grades 7-12)  

English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies (Grades 4-8)  

English as a Second Language Supplemental (Grades NA)  

Family and Consumer Sciences (Grades 6-12)  

Health (Grades EC-12)  

History (Grades 7-12)

Hospitality, Nutrition and Food Sciences (Grades 8-12)  

Human Development and Family Studies (Grades 8-12)  

Languages Other Than English - French (Grades EC-12) 

Languages Other Than English - Spanish (Grades EC-12)  

Life Science (Grades 7-12)  

Master Math Teacher (4-8) (Grades 4-8)  

Master Math Teacher (8-12) (Grades 8-12)  

Master Reading Teacher (Grades EC-12)  

Master Science Teacher (4-8) (Grades 4-8)  

Master Science Teacher (8-12) (Grades 8-12)  

Mathematics (Grades 4-8)  

Mathematics (Grades 7-12)  

Music (Grades EC-12)  

Physical Education (Grades EC-12)  

Physical Science (Grades 6-12)  

Principal (Grades EC-12)  

Reading Specialist (Grades EC-12)  

School Counselor (Grades EC-12)  

Science (Grades 4-8)  

Social Studies (Grades 4-8)  

Social Studies (Grades 7-12)  

Special Education (Grades EC-12)  

Special Education Supplemental (Grades NA)  

Speech (Grades 7-12)  

Superintendent (Grades EC-12)  

Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (Grades EC-12)  

Technology Applications (Grades 8-12)  

Theatre (Grades EC-12)  


Areas of Certification offered through SFA

Applying for your Standard Certificate

Certificate recommendations require the following:

All coursework completed
All grades posted
Degree conferred on final transcript - note this may take up to three weeks from your graduation!
Field experience completed (student teaching or internship on probationary certificate for students with bachelors' degrees)
Certification tests completed for specific certificate (PPR and Content)
An online application submitted to TEA (
Payment to TEA for the certificate and fingerprint check

Dates to apply for certificates:

December graduates may begin applying November 1st
May graduates may begin applying April 1st
August graduates may begin applying July 1st

Do not apply for certification until you have completed your required TExES testing!

Please note - recommendation cannot be made by SFA until degrees have been conferred on the final transcript. If you are seeking certification only, recommendation cannot be made until all coursework/field experience is complete and grades are posted. Students may print their certificate from the TEA Educator Certification webpage. On the left side of the screen under "View Certificates" there is an official certificate and a printable version. No certificates are mailed!

Applying for Probationary Certificate

Please contact the Certification Officer for documentation required prior to recommendation at