Probationary Certificate Requirements
During your internship, you will be required to teach on a Probationary Certificate, issued by the State Board for Educator Certification. To be eligible for a probationary certificate, you must meet full admission requirements and the definition of NCLB “highly qualified” in the area that you are teaching as outlined on your certification plan. A probationary certificate is valid for one year from the date of issue.
The state allows an individual to teach on a probationary certificate for a total of three years with each year requiring an application and payment of fees. In conjunction with the application for the Probationary Certificate, a fingerprinting and criminal records search is conducted. The Probationary Certificate is not the same as emergency certification.
Because of the NCLB legislation, we no longer issue deficiency plans for emergency permits for initial teacher certification. If you are recommended, but not approved for a Probationary Certificate by SBEC, you will be dismissed from the Teacher Education Program at Texas A&M-Commerce.