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Texas Educational Aide Certificate

Instructor: Shelby Golden
In Texas, educational aide certificates are awarded to professionals who have the education and experience required to provide instructional and clerical assistance to teachers in the classroom. Find out how to acquire one of these certificates and learn about the different certificate levels available.

How Do I Become an Educational Aide in Texas?

There are three levels of educational aide certification in Texas. Each certificate requires you to work for a school district before you can apply for it.

You will need to have a high school diploma or its equivalent to qualify for these certificates. Additional requirements are outlined below, along with the job duties associated with each level.

Educational Aide I

To qualify as an entry-level educational aide, you will need to have some degree of experience working with either children or their parents. The exact nature of acceptable experience will need to be determined by your local superintendent, but generally you can count experience from:

  • Day camps
  • Private schools
  • Licensed day-cares
  • Youth groups
  • Church schools

Job duties for this position typically include preparing class materials and performing clerical tasks under the guidance of a licensed teacher.

Educational Aide II

Individuals who hold an Educational Aide II certificate are qualified to take on more advanced job responsibilities. For example, these professionals might administer tests and provide assistance to individuals or groups of students completing class assignments or activities.

You can obtain an Educational Aide II certificate if you have worked for 2 years with an Educational Aide I certificate. You can also get this certificate if you are proficient in a skill area approved by the school district where you're employed. Finally, this certificate is available to you if you have completed at least 15 semester hours of college-level classes. These classes must focus on child growth and development or a similar subject area. Be aware that you will also need experience working with kids or parents in order to qualify for this certificate

You can check out these online courses on Educational Psychology, Human Development and the Foundations of Education to get help with some of the subjects you might choose to study to qualify for this certificate. Because these courses are approved by the American Council on Education, you might also be able to leverage course completion into college credit.

Educational Aide III

To perform the most complex responsibilities given to an educational aide, such as providing instruction or administering tests with little supervision, you will need to earn this level of certificate.

There are two options for obtaining an Educational Aide III certificate. You can work as an Educational Aide I or II for 3 years. You also have the option of completing 30 semester hours of college-level schooling that deals with child growth and development or other relevant subjects. This level certificate requires you to have relevant work experience as well.

How Do I Apply For or Renew My Certificate?

Once your employer has completed an online recommendation for your certificate, you will need to set up an account and fill out an application through the website for the Texas Education Agency (www.tea.texas.gov). You will also need to pay a fee to obtain this certificate, and you may be required to get fingerprinted. Fingerprinting can involve additional fees.

You can renew your certificate through the TEA website as well. You will need to do so every 5 years and will be subject to a renewal fee each time. If you do not keep your certificate up-to-date it will be considered inactive.

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