While State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rules allow for a probationary certificate for certain candidates enrolled in alternative certification programs, the flexibility provided by Governor Abbott’s waiver creates the possibility for additional candidates to receive the one-year probationary certificate and seek (or maintain) employment as a certified educator. This flexibility also provides some clarity for hiring districts about who is eligible for hire as a certified educator.
Eligible candidates should begin the application process immediately following the instructions below, and educator preparation programs will be able to recommend eligible candidates for a defined window tentatively scheduled for May 15th through June 15th. For a certificate to issue, candidates must submit a complete application, including the background check. After June 15th, candidates must meet all requirements for standard certification, including testing requirements. The probationary certificate will be valid for one year only and candidates must complete all testing requirements in order to receive the standard certificate before the probationary certificate expires.