ESL Certification Requirements and Reimbursement in Manor ISD
4 out of 10 students in Manor ISD are English learners (ELs)! In a district in which 38% of the student population are English learners, it is essential that our teaching staff is equipped to meet the diverse needs of our students. Elementary teachers who are not bilingually certified but who serve ELs in MISD are required to be ESL certified. All secondary ELA teachers in MISD are required to be ESL Certified.
For grades Pre K-8, all teachers who serve ELLs in a content-based model must be ESL certified. For an ESL Pull Out model, the ELA or Language Arts teacher must be ESL Certified to meet the linguistic needs of the ELLs. Other teachers may be sheltered instruction trained.
In grades 9-12, ELLs may be served by ESL certified teachers or sheltered instruction trained teachers. ESOL I and ESOL II must be taught by teachers who have an English or English Language Arts Certification plus an ESL certification.
Teachers new to MISD or teachers who have changed assignments, for whom ESL certification is required, have until October 15 of the fall semester to become ESL certified.
MISD offers a two-day ESL Academy to prepare teachers to take the ESL TExES Supplemental Exam #154, an endorsement which confers ESL certification. After taking the ESL Academy, teachers should register to take the TExES ESL Supplemental Exam #154.
To register for the TExES Exam: http://www.tx.nesinc.com/
Please note that there are not many Saturday test dates available. Computer-based testing is available. The test frameworks for test preparation are located here: http://www.tx.nesinc.com/Content/Docs/154PrepManual.pdf
Manor ISD Bilingual/ESL will reimburse elementary and secondary content-area teachers who serve English learners for the exam if they pass and have the endorsement added to their certificates. The process will be as follows:
Teachers register and pay for the ESL exam themselves. Teachers make a copy of the registration receipt.
Upon passing the test, teachers will need to pay the $77 fee to have the endorsement added to their certificates. Directions for adding the ESL Endorsement to existing certifications may be found here: https://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Certification/Additional_Certifications/Additional_Certification_by_Exam_Information/
After the endorsement has been added to the certificate, teachers submit a copy of their certificates plus a registration receipt for the exam to the Bil/ESL department.
Teachers will be reimbursed for the cost of the exam only --not the fee to add the endorsement.
Teachers may send a copy of their teaching certificate with the added ESL endorsement along with the receipt for the cost of the exam to Natalie Hinojosa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your commitment to our English learners and your willingness to expand your learning and licensure in order to meet the needs of our students and program. Having the certification is just the first step. Our department is committed to helping to support you as you serve our students. Please let us know if you need anything.