Qualification and Testing

What does highly qualified mean?

Under the No Child Left Behind law, a candidate must be defined as "highly qualified" in order to be eligible to be hired in most cases. To meet this requirement a candidate must satisfy one of the following :



NCLB Qualification Requirements by Area of Certification

Elementary Generalist EC-6
ESL Generalist EC-6
Bilingual Generalist EC-6

  • Must hold Bachelor´s degree with a minimum gpa of 2.5
  • Pass Generalist EC-6 TExES exam

Generalist grades 4-8
ESL Generalist grades 4-8
Bilingual Generalist grades 4-8

  • Must hold Bachelor´s degree with a minimum gpa of 2.5
  • Pass Generalist 4-8 TExES exam

Special Education EC-12

  • Must hold Bachelor´s degree with a minimum gpa of 2.5
  • Pass Generalist EC-4 TExES exam or pass Generalist 4-8 TExES exam
  • Pass the Special Education EC-12
  • For more information about Special education call an ECAP consultant at our main office number

Specialized Area grades 4-8

  • Must hold Bachelor´s degree with a minimum gpa of 2.5
  • Have 24 college hours (12 upper level) in specified area with a core gpa of 2.75 or pass a TExES content exam that includes area of specialization for grades 4-8
  • See this article before applying for a specialized 4-8 area

Specialized Area grades 8-12

  • Must hold Bachelor´s degree with a minimum gpa of 2.5
  • Have 24 college hours (12 upper level) in specified area or pass a TExES content exam that includes area of specialization for grades 8-12

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