ILTexas Educator Prep Program (ILTexas EPP)






1) Bilingual Education Supplemental

2) Core Subjects EC-6th Grades

3) Core Subjects 4th-8th Grades

4) English as a Second Language Supplemental



Admissions Requirements


1) Hired as an ILTexas Teacher 

2) Complete ILTexas EPP Application

3) Professional Resume

4) In-Person or Virtual Interview

5) Background Check & Fingerprinting 

§249.16. Eligibility of Persons with Criminal History for a Certificate under Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 53, and Texas Education Code, Chapter 21.

(a)  Pursuant to the Texas Occupations Code (TOC), Chapter 53, and the Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 21, Subchapter B, the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) may suspend or revoke an existing valid certificate, deny an applicant a certificate, bar a person from being assessed or examined for a certificate, or take other disciplinary action because of a person's conviction of a felony or misdemeanor or certain other criminal history.

(b)  Disciplinary action under the TOC, §53.021, does not apply to a person convicted only of an offense punishable as a Class C misdemeanor unless the person is an applicant for or the holder of a license that authorizes the person to possess a firearm and the person was convicted of the misdemeanor offense of domestic violence as defined by 18 United States Code, §921.

(c)  When statute or SBEC rule codified in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 7, requires an offense to directly relate to the duties and responsibilities of the education profession, an offense is considered to directly relate if the offense indicates a threat to the health, safety, or welfare of a student or minor, parent of a student, fellow employee, or professional colleague; interferes with the orderly, efficient, or safe operation of a school district, campus, or activity; or indicates impaired ability or misrepresentation of qualifications to perform the functions of an educator. Offenses considered to relate directly to the duties and responsibilities of the education profession include, but are not limited to:

(1)  offenses involving moral turpitude;

(2)  offenses involving any form of sexual or physical abuse or neglect of a student or minor or other illegal conduct with a student or minor;

(3)  offenses involving any felony possession or conspiracy to possess, or any misdemeanor or felony transfer, sale, distribution, or conspiracy to transfer, sell, or distribute any controlled substance defined in the Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 481;

(4)  offenses involving school property or funds;

(5)  offenses involving any attempt by fraudulent or unauthorized means to obtain or alter any certificate or permit that would entitle any person to hold or obtain a position as an educator;

(6)  offenses occurring wholly or in part on school property or at a school-sponsored activity; or

(7)  felony offenses involving driving while intoxicated (DWI).

(d)  Except as provided in subsection (f) of this section, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff, pursuant to the TOC, Chapter 53, and the requirements of this chapter, shall notify the applicant or certificate holder in writing of the TEA staff's intent to seek disciplinary action, including denial or revocation, and the reasons for the proposed action. The applicant or certificate holder shall have the opportunity to be heard according to the procedures set forth in this chapter.

(e)  The grounds for revoking or suspending a certificate provided by this section and the TOC, Chapter 53, are cumulative of the other grounds and remedies provided by the TEC, §21.060, and this chapter.

(f)  The TEC, §21.058, shall control actions pursued under that section.

Statutory Authority: The provisions of this §249.16 issued under the Texas Education Code, §§21.041(b)(1), (7), and (8), 21.058(a) and (b), and 21.060; and Texas Occupations Code, §53.021 and §53.025.

Source: The provisions of this §249.16 adopted to be effective March 31, 1999, 24 TexReg 2304; amended to be effective June 21, 2009, 34 TexReg 3944; amended to be effective May 18, 2014, 39 TexReg 3710 ; amended to be effective December 28, 2014, 3


6) Official Transcript (Undergraduate & Graduate - If applicable) 

7) 2.5 GPA or higher (on 4 point scale) 

8) 2 Professional References


Background Check Information


All prospective candidates for ILTexas Educator Preparation Program may complete a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation (PCHE).  The PCHE is an evaluation of eligibility for a Texas educator certificate based on your self-reported criminal history.  TEA staff may perform this service for a non-refundable fee of $50.00.  If you are convicted of an offense during your internship, you may become ineligible for the issuance of certification upon completion of the program.  



Program Completion


As an approved educator preparation program, ILTexas EPP is responsible for following all of the TEA TAC code in order to provide candidates with the highest quality of teacher preparation.  Therefore, candidates must satisfactorily complete the following requirements prior to being recommended for a standard teacher certificate:


300 Training Hours (completed in the summer prior to start of internship teaching) 


Passing of Content Area Exam & Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) Exam


30 Hours of Field Based Experience with a minimum of 15 Hours in an actual school setting


Program Benchmark Meetings with EPP Staff in order to assess Candidate's progress throughout the program


Successful Completion of Internship Teaching 


Recommendation for Certification from Field Supervisor and Campus Principal



What criteria will the ILTexas Educator Preparation Program use as their Five-Year Performance Rating?​​

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Military Service, Training, or Education


The criteria and policy for accepting military service, training, or education will include verifying if those experiences are directly related to the certificate being sought.  As of right now, none of the certificate areas being offered through the ILTexas EPP will warrant any military service, training or education to be reviewed as credited service.  This information is provided on the ILTexas EPP website for review.  


For more information please refer to the following website:

Non-Military Service, Training, or Education


The criteria for accepting service, training or education for not military service members or military veterans to substitute prior or ongoing service, training, or education will include a review process of transcripts and/or work experiences.  In order for this process to begin, the education or experience must be directly related to the certificate being sought, as well as within the past five years.  If criteria are met, the certification officers will conduct a review of transcript to determine the coursework and credit hours that the candidate has earned and if it is applicable to their certification area.  As for ongoing service or training, the certification department will review the related experiences in regard to roles and responsibilities in order to determine its applicability to the sought certification.