Certification/ Student Teaching

Teacher Certifications

Anyone seeking educator certification in Texas must pass examinations of professional knowledge and subject content approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). In addition to passing the appropriate certification examinations, applicants for a Texas educator certificate must satisfy other requirements by following one of the several routes to educator certification listed below and must apply for certification using the Online Services for Educators link that is accessible from the SBEC website at .

Routes to Educator Certification

  1. University-based Programs

    These programs are usually delivered as part of a baccalaureate degree program; however, most colleges and universities, also, have programs designed to prepare people who already hold a bachelor's and want to obtain educator certification. The only exemption from the degree requirement is for individuals seeking Career and Technology certification in certain courses such as welding or automotive technology. Since university-based programs may vary by institution, individuals should contact the college or university of their choice for degree and/or certification requirements.

  2. Alternative Programs for Educator Preparation

    Some institutions of higher education, school districts, regional service centers, community colleges, and other entities have been approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) to operate alternative programs of preparation for teachers. These programs may involve university coursework or other professional development experiences as well as intense mentoring and supervision during the candidate's first year as an educator. Many of these programs can be completed in a year, during which time an individual may hold a paid teaching position in a public school classroom. A list of these programs can be found at under "Approved Programs".

  3. Additional Certification Based on Examination

    A teacher who holds an appropriate Texas classroom teaching certificate and a bachelor's degree may add classroom certification areas by successfully completing the appropriate certification examination(s) for the area(s) sought. Certification by examination is not available for the following:

    • Initial certification.
    • Career and Technology certification based on skill and work experience.
    • A class of certificate other than classroom teacher (e.g. School Counselor, Principal, Superintendent, Learning Resources/School Librarian, Educational Diagnostician).
    • A certificate for which no certification examination has been developed.

  4. Teachers wishing to add certification by examination must apply online and pay for the certification online after passing the appropriate exam(s).

  5. An applicant who has been issued a standard certificate or credential from another state, territory of the United States, or another country may apply for a Texas certificate. The credential must be equivalent to a certificate issued by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and must not have been revoked, suspended, or pending such action. SBEC will evaluate an expired credential provided it was standard at the time of issuance. A statement issued by another state department of education specifying eligibility for standard certification upon completion of certain employment or examination requirements will have the same standing as a standard certificate.

  6. An applicant who holds a standard credential issued by a jurisdiction outside Texas and who meets specified requirements as determined by the review of credentials completed by SBEC may be issued a One-Year Certificate in one or more subject areas. During the validity of this temporary, nonrenewable certificate, the applicant must complete satisfactorily all appropriate examinations for each certification area for which continued certification is desired. Individuals who have completed an examination administered under the authority of a jurisdiction outside Texas that is determined to be comparable to a Texas test may request an exemption of the Texas test. Information on comparable out-of-state tests can be found at under "Certification Information"/"Comparable Out-of-State Tests".

  7. To apply for the review of credentials and the One-Year Certificate, go to and click on "SBEC Online for Educators" and follow the instructions. The review of credentials and the issuance of the One-Year Certificate require an online payment of $229 along with a $42.25 processing fee for fingerprinting.

    To establish eligibility for the Standard Certificate, certified applicants from outside Texas must complete all requirements specified in the certification plan prepared by SBEC after completing the online credentials review.

  8. Educational Paraprofessional

    Applicants for Educational Aide positions shall have earned a high school diploma either from an accredited high school or through a GED program.

    Applicants shall have at least 48 college hours or an Associate’s Degree or
    Higher or must successfully complete the Paraprofessional Assessment of
    Knowledge and Skills (PAKS), and must have at least 2 years of child-related experience.
    Computer skills are preferred.

    Applicants not meeting the stated requirements may also attend an accredited paraprofessional training program. Please refer to the following link

Student Teaching Opportunities

Student teaching is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of your life! Of course you already know this or you would not be researching the opportunities available to you. Well, you have certainly come to the right place! Simply click on the links below and explore what Aldine has to offer you as a student teacher.

Why Aldine?

Why should you student teach in Aldine? Past student teachers have recommended taking this opportunity because of...

  • The level of support you receive.

    Our student teaching program provides supportive cooperative teachers and a strong mentoring program. Seminars are conducted on topics which help student teachers perform at their optimum: classroom management, parent conferences, gang awareness, and interviewing techniques. Out-of-state student teachers are also given an overview of our Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS Test).

  • The ability to enter individualized teaching situations.

    Because of the Aldine's size, with sixty-three schools and an enrollment of nearly 50,000 students, we can provide a teaching situation geared to fit individual student teacher requests while following the guidelines and requirements of your university. We believe that student teaching in our district will prepare you for teaching in any classroom of your own.

  • The amount of diversity encountered.

    Aldine Independent School District, located in Houston, Texas, is an urban school district with a a student population that is diverse, both culturally and economically.

    Classrooms are comprised of students of African-American, Anglo, Asian, and Hispanic heritage. They range socio-economically from poverty level to upper middle class. The schools blend these cultures and backgrounds to provide the best possible education for our students.

  • The opportunities provided by a big city.

    Aldine Independent School District, located in Houston, Texas, is an urban school district with a a student population that is diverse, both culturally and economically.

    Because Houston is the nation's fourth largest city there are many opportunities available to its inhabitants. Aldine is only about 14 miles away from downtown museums, parks, and sports arenas. North of the city lies the tranquility of the outdoors at Mercer Arboretum and Jesse H. Jones Park. Further north is the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, an outdoor theatre which hosts international performers. Some 45 miles to the south is Galveston Island on the Gulf of Mexico. This historic city offers opportunities for exploring, shopping, swimming and sunning. These are but a few of the attractions the area offers you!Visit The Official Guide to Houston..

University Partnerships

Aldine Independent School District currently has student teaching partnerships with the following universities. To inquire about student teaching opportunities in Aldine, contact the Director of Field Experiences at any of these universities or Selina Chapa (Director for Human Resources) at [email protected]

Ball State University, Muncie, IN 
Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN 
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 
Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA 
Dillard University, New Orleans, LA 
Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX 
Iowa State University, Ames, IA 
LeTourneau University, Longview, TX 
Mayville State University , Mayville, ND  
Minnesota State University @ Mankato, Mankato, MN  
Minnesota State University @ Moorhead , Moorhead, MN  
Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX 
Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 
South Dakota State University, Bookings, SD 
St. Cloud State University , St. Cloud, MN  
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 
Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX 
Texas A&M-Kingsville, Kingsville, TX 
Texas Southern University, Downtown Houston, TX 
Troy State University, Troy, AL 
University of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 
University of Houston, Houston, TX 
University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, TX 
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 
University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 
University of Texas-Brownsville, Brownsville, TX 
University of Wisconsin , Platteville, WI 
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI 
Upper Iowa University, Fayette, IA 
Utah State University, Logan, UT 


Why not read what previous student teachers have said about their experience in Aldine? The following are statements made by individuals who have student taught in Aldine.

...My cooperating teachers granted me the responsibility I needed to grow as an individual and a future colleague. The student population is very diverse which allowed me to interact with children from all walks of life...
Texas A&M University Student Teacher
...My student teaching experience in Aldine has given me the appropriate hands-on experience that I think is necessary to be a successful teacher. I have learned many different teaching strategies to help my students receive the best possible education...
Texas Southern University Student Teacher
...I came to fully appreciate the Aldine student teacher program. While some districts seem to toss their student teachers into a life raft to fend for themselves, Aldine gives their student teachers practically a luxury cruise on an ocean liner...
University of Houston Student Teacher
...I was an Iowa boy from a tiny town with little experience in "the big city." I feel like I can do anything now as an educator. My advice to anyone thinking about coming here is to DO IT!...
Iowa State University Student Teacher
...The Aldine district works hard to support the cultural diversity of its students and staff. It encourages individual differences while uniting its students within a family of learners. The variety of programs offered insures that all students are given the skills they need for future success. Children are definitely placed first...
University of Iowa Student Teacher
...Teaching in Aldine has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The students here present challenges that remind me daily of the reasons I got into education in the first place...
Iowa State University Student Teacher
...My student teaching experience was wonderful! I had a great cooperating teacher and an outstanding faculty to work with. It certainly influenced my decision to stay in Aldine...
Houston Baptist University Student Teacher
...What a wonderful experience it was! The entire staff encouraged, guided and facilitated my growth as a teacher...
University of Houston Student Teacher
...Student teaching in Aldine was a wonderful experience. The support and modeling from master teachers encouraged me to work hard and do my best. I benefitted and enjoyed it immensely...
Sam Houston State University Student Teacher
Learning Experience

...spells out my student teaching experience in the Aldine School District...

Mankato State University Student Teacher