Association of Texas Professional Educators
Association of Texas Professional Educators
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Becoming an Aide

Note: ATPE is not a provider for aide certification 

Educational aides must be employed by a Texas public school district before applying for certification. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) handles educational aide certification. Visit the TEA website to learn more.

Educational Aide I

An applicant for an Educational Aide I Certificate must:

  • Be a high school graduate or hold a General Educational Development (GED) certificate; and
  • Have experience working with students or parents as approved by the employing superintendent. Experience may include work in church-related schools, day camps, youth groups, private schools, licensed daycare centers, or similar experience.
Educational Aide II

An applicant for an Educational Aide II Certificate must:

  • Be a high school graduate or hold a General Educational Development (GED) certificate.
  • Have satisfied one of the following requirements:
    • Have two creditable years of experience as an educational aide I; or
    • Have a minimum of 15 semester hours of college credit with some emphasis on child growth and development or related subject areas; or
    • Have demonstrated proficiency in a specialized skill area as determined by the local school district.
  • Have experience working with students or parents as approved by the employing superintendent.
Education Aide III

An applicant for an Educational Aide III Certificate must:

  • Be a high school graduate or hold a General Educational Development (GED) certificate.
  • Have satisfied one of the following requirements:
    • Have three creditable years of experience as either an educational aide I or II; or
    • Have 30 semester hours of college credit with some emphasis on child growth and development or related subject areas.
  • Have experience working with students or parents as approved by the employing superintendent.