Texas Teacher Certification Renewal

Instructor: Matt Doyle
Are you a Texas educator looking to renew your teaching certificate? Not sure where to begin? Take a look at some of these self-paced online courses. All of them are approved for CPE credit by the Texas Educator Association and matched to the required TEA professional development topics.

Teaching Certificate Renewal in Texas

In Texas, public school educators need to renew their teaching certificate every five years. The good news is makes certificate renewal in Texas simple! is an approved provider of Continuing Professional Education, or CPE, hours for teachers in the state of Texas. That means all courses are approved for earning credit towards your teaching certificate renewal.

Approved Topics for Certificate Renewal

You'll need to earn between 150 and 200 hours of CPE credit depending on the type of teaching certificate you hold. One clock hour of these courses is the equivalent of one hour of CPE credit.

Furthermore, the state of Texas requires that at least 80% of the CPE hours for certificate renewal 'be directly related to the certificate being renewed' and fall into the categories of content area knowledge, professional ethics, or professional development. See the list below for a few approved topics and related TEA-approved courses you can take for CPE credit as well as each course's potential CPE hours. Please note: these are only potential hours you could earn as it depends on how much of the course you complete.

1. Content Area Knowledge & Skills

2. Professional Ethics & Standards of Conduct

3. Professional Development

Child Development

Classroom Management

Diversity & Special Needs of Student Populations

Integration of Technology into Educational Practices

Ensuring That Students Read on or above Grade Level

Diagnosing and Removing Obstacles to Student Achievement

Instructional Practices

How to Get Credit

So you've found the perfect course on and you're ready to begin. But how can you be sure you'll receive credit from your district? Before you start the course, follow these steps to make sure you'll earn official CPE hours for your efforts from your district:

Prior to Starting the Course

  1. Identify the courses on that fit your needs
  2. Submit the courses to your district for pre-approval
  3. When your district approves the courses, sign up on

After Completing the Course

After finishing all of the lessons in the course, you'll need to request your verified certificate from To do this, you must:

Complete your form here: Form for Texas Teachers Needing Certificate

Within 5 business days, you'll received a Certificate of Completion that contains

  • your name
  • the provider's name ( and provider number
  • the course name and the date
  • the number of clock hours that count toward satisfying CPE requirements

Still have questions? Check out the Texas Education Agency website for more information on obtaining CPE credit and specific documentation requirements.

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