Certifications and Hiring Requirements

Learn more about our Certifications and Hiring Requirements

We're so excited that you are interested in joining the Uplift family. Uplift strives to hire the most qualified applicant for every position. All teachers must be properly certified for the teaching positions to ensure Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Uplift requirements are met. Please read this page thoroughly and use it to familiarize yourself with the Certification requirements for employment as a teacher at an Uplift school.

Highly Qualified

To fulfill the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), all teachers seeking employment at Uplift must be Highly Qualified (HQ) for the teaching position they are seeking. Your HQ status indicates your subject matter competency for the subject that you are teaching. There are different ways to become HQ based upon the grade level and subject you are teaching.

  • For Primary Teachers, you must show subject matter competency by taking an passing the appropriate TExES Content Exam that aligns to what you will be teaching. This is the only way to become HQ for Primary grades Kindergarten through 5th grade.
  • For Secondary Teachers, you must show subject matter competency either through your college transcript or by passing the appropriate TExES Content Exam that aligns to what you will be teaching.


All Uplift teachers must be certified or on the path to becoming certified in the area in which they are teaching. If you are not currently certified, you must gain admission to a Texas alternative certification program.

Minimum Teacher Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (B.A./ B.S.) from an accredited college or university required. Master’s Degree is preferred but not required.
  • Must have a valid Texas Teacher Certification or be enrolled in a Texas alternative certification program.
  • Teaching staff must be able to demonstrate that they are certified and/or can demonstrate subject competency as defined by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

More Information

Please see the chart below for more information about certification and HQ requirements for employment.

For information about Texas Certification or any other certification information, please visit: https://tea.texas.gov/texas-educators/certification

Not Certified in any State

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Currently enrolled in Alternative Certification Program

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Out-of-State Certified

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Texas Certified

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