Professional Development

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According to Federal Statute under ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), entities providing effective professional development for Texas educators who serve English learners shall offer professional development that is...

  1. designed to improve the instruction and assessment of English learners;
  2. designed to enhance the ability of such teachers, principals, and other school leaders to understand and implement curricula, assessment practices and measures, and instructional strategies for English learners;
  3. effective in increasing children’s English language proficiency or substantially increasing the subject matter knowledge, teaching knowledge, and teaching skills of such teachers; and
  4. of sucient intensity and duration to have a positive and lasting impact on the teachers’ performance in the classroom.


Learning From Each Other Video Series

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This will be a collection of videos highlighting various strategies from teachers across Texas who work with English learners. Check back often to see new videos.

If you would like to submit a video, please fill out the form link (PDF) to find out next steps.



Reading strategies



Writing strategies



Listening strategies



Speaking strategies



Building strategies



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Building relationships



Virtual strategies



Technology intgegration



Building background



Peer learning



Informal assessment



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Higher Order


Higher order thinking



Best practices

Professional Development Resources

Educator Certification

For information on teacher certification requirements for bilingual education and English as a second language (ESL) programs, see the scenario chains below:

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Additional details on teacher certification requirements can be found in the English Learner – LPAC FAQ (PDF) (English Learner Services section) and the Bilingual Education Exception and ESL Waiver FAQ (PDF).

Preparing to get ESL certified?
Register for our new, free ESL Certification Training online course at! Check out this video and flyer (PDF) for more information.

This course accompanies our TExES English as a Second Language (ESL) Supplemental #154 Preparation Manual (PDF). These resources are intended to equip Texas educators who desire to increase capacity in their districts and to enhance their existing ESL programs beyond minimum state requirements.

Do You Have A Question Regarding Certification?

Please contact the division of Educator Certification regarding certification issues at 512-936-8400 or via their help desk.

LPAC Web-based Training

Visit the LPAC Training Resources page for more information for those individuals who will be serving as LPAC Members.

Web Page Resources


Resources and training for Texas English Language Proficiency Standards for educators.

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Engagement resources to support LEAs in offering parent, family, and community engagement activities to families of English learners/immigrant students.


Framework for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) process includes clarification of the legal requirements for the LPAC and provides suggested forms to facilitate the training of LPAC members.


Guidance and resources outlining the responsibilities that LEAs have in providing equitable Title III, Part A services to eligible PNP school's English learners/immigrant students, their teachers, and other educational personnel.

Instructional Resources

The Curriculum Division provides state level support, information and non-regulatory guidance to school administrators, teachers, counselors, parents, and students regarding general curriculum laws and rules, particularly with respect to TEKS- and ELPS-based instruction, graduation requirements, options for offering courses, and award of credit.

The division is also responsible for supporting development and implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in the foundation and enrichment curriculum.

Early Childhood
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CLI Engage is the comprehensive professional development platform for public school pre-k and Head Start teachers in Texas, providing free access to Texas School Ready! tools and resources.

Understand how to design early childhood instruction to meet the needs of young English learners' (ELs) language development and examine the critical areas of academic success.

Title III Early Childhood Education for English Learners.

Download the companion tool to the Title III Early Childhood Education for English Learners

For resources and trainings available, visit the TEA Early Childhood Education Educator Resources web page.

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This booklet serves as a resource for classroom teachers in Texas who work with the English learner population. Words included were selected from the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), with the aim of identifying vocabulary that will help students learn content and skills represented on statewide assessments.

TEKS for elementary ( English, Spanish)

A critical component of the Spanish Language Arts and Reading standards, in Spanish.

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State Graduation Requirements - This site provides information regarding the Texas high school graduation requirements.

TEKS for secondary ( English, Spanish)


In accordance with TEC §28.0051 and TAC §74.12(b)(5)(F), a student may satisfy one credit of the two LOTE credits required for graduation by successfully completing a dual language immersion program at elementary school. To successfully complete a dual language immersion program, a student must satisfy the following three requirements

  1. The student must have participated in a dual language immersion program for at least five consecutive school years.
  2. The student must achieve high levels of academic competence as demonstrated by performance of meets or masters grade level on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) in English and Spanish, as applicable.
  3. The student must achieve proficiency in both English and a language other than English as demonstrated by scores of proficient or higher in the reading and speaking domains on language proficiency or achievement tests in both languages.

Award of credit for completion of the dual language immersion program at an elementary school
The award of credit must be clearly indicated on the student’s academic achievement record (AAR) using the appropriate high school course PEIMS code. The second credit of LOTE must be in the same language as the successfully completed dual language immersion program.

Seal of Biliteracy
Texas does not award a Seal of Biliteracy, but a student may earn a performance acknowledgement on the student's transcript for outstanding performance in bilingualism and biliteracy in accordance with TAC §74.14(b).

Education Service Center Professional Development Opportunities

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Hover over your region to access information on professional development opportunities offered at your Education Service Center.

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TEALearn is a content management and delivery system operated by the Texas Education Agency. Educators can find TEKS-aligned resources to use for instruction, intervention, acceleration, or additional practice. To view TEALearn, visit

The following online courses are available in the Gateway for teachers who serve English learners and immigrant students:

Online Courses

  • Title III, Part A: Strengthening and Increasing Parental Outreach (3 CPE hours)
  • Title III, Part A Services for Non-Prot Schools (3 CPE hours)
  • Title III, Enhancing Instructional Opportunities for Immigrant Students (6 CPE hours)
  • Title III, Early Childhood Education for English Learners (6 CPE hours)

ELPS Academy (4 CPE hours)

Implementing the ELPS

LEAs should contact their designated ESC for specific training opportunities related to English learners and immigrant students.

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