Educational Aide Program

If you are currently employed in a TEA accredited school as an Educational Aide, you may complete your certification through the Educational Aide Program. The degree plan is revised to accommodate a daytime work schedule with evening, online and/or summer course offerings.

Note:  It is at the discretion of the school district to allow an educational aide to complete student teaching and meet requirements as mandated by TEA, while maintaining employment status as an educational aide.

The student teaching (job) placement must be approved by the Office of Educator Certification and Academic Services and must meet the requirements as outlined by the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) for clinical student teachers:

  1. Match the grade level and specialization/teaching field in which the candidate is seeking certification.
  2. Be assigned a mentor teacher in an authentic classroom setting.
  3. Complete clinical student teaching for 16 weeks.

For information and advising regarding the Field-Based Educational Aide Program and completing student teaching as an educational aide contact the following:

  1. EC-6 and 4-8 education students contact Mitzi Hughes at
  2. Secondary Education students contact Mitzi Hughes at
  3. All Level Special Education students contact the COEHS Mentor Center - Education North Rm 204, or Contact (903)-468-3144 for advising. Once you have sought advisement from the Mentor Center, you may contact Mitzi Hughes for information on the student teaching process.

Note: For information on your respective degree/major, you must contact your Academic/Major advisor in your respective academic department. Staff in the Educator Certification Office do not advise on a student's degree/major - only on the certification process.