Certifications and Hiring Requirements

Learn more about our Certifications and Hiring Requirements

We're so excited that you are interesting in joining the Uplift family and impact scholars by teaching at one of our schools. Uplift strives to hire the most qualified applicant for every position. All teachers must be properly certified and Highly Qualified (HQ) for the teaching position seeking in order to meet the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Uplift requirements. Please read this page thoroughly and use it to familiarize yourself with the Highly Qualified and Certification requirements for being a teacher at an Uplift school.

Highly Qualified

To fulfill the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), 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.

Certification

All Uplift teachers must be certified or on the path to become 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. If you have any questions, please email Teresa Herrera at therrera@uplifteducation.org.

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 an Uplift designated certification course.
  • Teachers of record must be “Highly Qualified,” as defined by No Child Left Behind Act (Federal Law).

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: http://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Certification/

Not Certified in any State

For those who are not certified in the state of Texas, we are happy to answer any questions you have about obtaining your Texas Educators certificate.

Requirements:

  • You are required to be Highly Qualified in the grade/subject area you’ll be teaching in.
  • Your transcript/test scores will be reviewed to determine eligibility to be formally admitted into the Teaching Excellence program for certification. Upon hire, you’ll receive further communication.
  • You’ll be required to take the PACT content exam (for any attempts made prior to Formal Admission) or, if you meet the Formal Admission requirements without having passed the PACT, you will need to submit a passing score report for the TExES content exam prior to the first day of the semester.
  • Passing the appropriate PACT/TExES content exam will allow you to hold a Probationary Certificate starting the first day of school. This begins your internship year.
  • Certification should be completed within first year of employment. Depending on the grade level and content you will be teaching, you may be required to become ESL certified. Uplift provides necessary training in order to prepare for the test.

Currently enrolled in Alternative Certification Program

It’s great that you’ve begun your certification process and are considering Uplift for employment. As you consider joining our team, please reference the information below to help you make an informed decision.

Requirements

  • You are required to be Highly Qualified in the grade/subject area you’ll be teaching in.
  • Upon hire, you’ll submit documentation of certification program enrollment & programmatic components completed.
  • Upon review, your Director & HR will work with you to determine whether you should continue with your current program or transfer into Teaching Excellence. These decisions are made on a case by case basis.
  • Certification should be completed within first year of employment.
  • Depending on the grade level and content you will be teaching, you may be required to become ESL certified. Uplift provides necessary training in order to prepare for the test.

Out-of-State Certified

Texas is a great place to work! We’re excited you are considering Uplift and are happy to provide information about how to transfer your Out-of-State Certificate to Texas.

  • You are required to be Highly Qualified in the grade/subject area you’ll be teaching in. (Please note: Holding an Out- of-State Certificate does not make you HQ.)
  • You may need to pass TExES exam to become HQ.
  • As you seek employment in Texas, provide your Out-Of-State credentials to TEA to begin the transfer process. Please start this process as soon as possible, as it can take up to 6 weeks or more to complete.
  • Certification transfer should be completed within first year of employment.
  • Click HERE to learn more about the TEA Review of Credentials process.
  • Depending on the grade level and content you will be teaching, you may be required to become ESL certified. Uplift provides necessary training in order to prepare for the test.

Texas Certified

Congratulations on completing your certification! Uplift is a place where you can continue to grow even after you’ve completed certification training.

  • If your teaching assignment is not in your current certification area, you are required to take appropriate TExES content exam in order to become HQ.
  • Additionally, you will be required to go through the Additional Certification by Exam process to become certified in the area you’re teaching.
  • Click HERE to learn more about the Additional Certification by Exam process.
  • If you are already currently Texas certified in the area you will be teaching in, then no further action is required.
  • Depending on the grade level and content you will be teaching, you may be required to become ESL certified. Uplift provides necessary training in order to prepare for the test.