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How to Apply for Certification

TEA has implemented a new login called TEAL, which ECOS will use going forward.   Please open the full instructions or use the summary of steps below to create a new account.

TEAL Quick Reference for Access to the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS)  OR  Full Instructional Presentation from TEA Website

Setting up your TEAL account and profile. 

For help, refer to the contact phone numbers listed on this page.  We are in ESC 11.

1.Go to 2.Click on Educator Login (upper right)
3.Click on Create new TEAL account
4.Enter your information exactly as it appears on your driver’s license/state identification.
5.Select your Organization Type.
a.Select Educator from the Organization Type dropdown.
b.Enter your Social Security Number (SSN) or, if you do not have an SSN, your previously assigned file number (beginning with a P).
6.Complete the form and click Submit.

Logging into TEAL for the First Time

Once you submit your TEAL registration, you receive an email that provides your new username and a temporary password. When logging onto TEAL for the first time:

1. In the Username field, enter the username included in the email.
2. In the Password field, enter the password included in the email.
3. Click Submit. A new page is displayed indicating your password has expired.
4. On the Expired Password page:
a. Enter your username in the Username field.
b. Enter the password that was included in the email in the Current Password field.
c. Enter a new password in the New Password field (follow the password guidelines displayed on the page)
d. Enter the new password again in the Confirm New Password field.
5. Click Submit.
6. Click I Agree on the Statement for Assurance page.
7. Select and answer three security questions. These questions must be answered to verify your identity if you ever forget your password and must be answered the same. For example, if you answer: In what city did you meet your spouse/significant other? and type: "Ft. Worth", then the system will not accept "Fort Worth" as a valid answer.
8. Click Save Changes. The TEAL Applications page is displayed.

After you have successfully gained access as an Educator, log back into your TEAL account.  On the main screen you should see a link called ‘Educator’.  If not, click on ‘Refresh Links’.  Click on ‘Educator’ and it will take you to the Educator Certification Online System ECOS  (blue background).  You should be able to follow the instructions on how to apply for certification from this point.  This also gets you into your account so that you can check on an application status or view your certificates.

For help, refer to the contact phone numbers listed on this page.  We are in ESC 11.