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How do I apply for military fee exemption for certification?

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You must apply for the military exemption before completing an application. To submit your request securely, please visit the Help Desk and upload the following documents for review.

  • A written request for the exemption, including your TEA ID or the last four digits of your social security number
  • Current email address and daytime phone number
  • Active duty service members – military ID (front and back) and current state ID
  • Veterans – Current state ID and DD-214 (member-4) that shows release or separation from active duty was under honorable conditions
  • Military spouses of active duty service members – spouse's current state and military ID (front and back), active duty service member’s current state and military ID (front and back), and a copy of the marriage license.

Fees that are waived for active duty service members and veterans:

  • Educational Aide certificate
  • Intern certificate
  • Probationary certificate
  • Standard certificate requiring completion of an educator preparation program
  • Review of credentials
  • One-Year certificate
  • Standard certificates for subject areas approved in a review of credentials
  • $11 of the registration fee for certification examinations administered by Pearson, this does not include registration fees for tests taken for certification by exam only
  • Test-Limit Waiver (this does not include waivers for tests taken for certification by exam only)

Fees that are waived for Military spouses of active duty service members:

  • Review of Credentials
  • One-Year Certificate
  • Standard certificates for subject areas approved in your review of credentials
  • $11 of the registration fee for certification examinations administered by Pearson, this does not include registration fees for tests taken for certification by exam only
  • Test-Limit Waiver for examinations approved in your review of credentials

Fees that are not waived for eligible members of the military community:

  • Fingerprint fee
  • Preliminary criminal history evaluation fees
  • Renewal fees including late and reactivation fees
  • Reinstatement fees 
  • Certificates earned through exam only
  • Registration fees for tests taken for certification by exam only
  • Registration fees for certification examinations administrated by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  • Test-Limit Waiver for tests taken for certification by examination

After the military documents have been reviewed, you will be notified by email with instructions.

Have more questions? Submit a request.

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