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Educator Certification

Certification Officer


Phone: 936.468.1064

Approved Certificate Areas for Stephen F Austin State University (TEA & CAEP)

Core Subjects (Grades EC-6)  Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (Grades 6-12)
4-8 Business Education (Grades 6-12)
Core Subjects (Grades 4-8)  Chemistry (Grades 7-12)
English Language Arts and Reading (Grades 4-8)   Dance (Grades 8-12)
Mathematics (Grades 4-8) English Language Arts and Reading (Grades 7-12) 
Core Subjects (Grades 4-8)   Family and Consumer Sciences (Grades 6-12) 
Science (Grades 4-8)   History (Grades 7-12)
Social Studies (Grades 4-8)  Hospitality, Nutrition and Food Sciences (Grades 8-12)
All Level Human Development and Family Studies (Grades 8-12) 
Art (Grades EC-12)  Life Science (Grades 7-12)
Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Grades EC-12)   Mathematics (Grades 7-12)
Health (Grades EC-12)   Physical Science (Grades 6-12)
Languages Other Than English French(Grades EC-12)  Social Studies (Grades 7-12)
Languages Other Than English Spanish(Grades EC-12)  Speech (Grades 7-12) 
Music (Grades EC-12)   Technology Applications (Grades 8-12) 
Health (Grades EC-12)   Supplemental
Physical Education (Grades EC-12)   Bilingual Education Supplemental - Spanish
Special Education (Grades EC-12)   English as a Second Language (ESL) Supplemental
Theatre (Grades EC-12) Special Education Supplemental
Professional Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments EC-12
Educational Diagnostician EC-12 Master Teacher
Principal as Instructional Leader EC-12 Master Math Teacher 4-8
Reading Specialist EC-12 Master Math Teacher 8-12
School Counselor EC-12 Master Reading Teacher EC-12
Superintendent EC-12 Master Science Teacher 4-8
Master Science Teacher 8-12


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

Professional Preparation Program Manuals