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This section of the web portal provides information and resources that are relevant, accessible, and impactful for teachers working with English learners and pursuing professional development.


What are some ideas for the recruitment and retention of Bilingual/ESL Educators? Adult class and teachers

View this document Building Bilingual and English as a Second Language Programs Opens a new window to learn how school districts can build language programs to best serve English Learners and to eliminate the need for bilingual education exceptions and/or ESL waivers. This resource also includes ideas for recruitment and retention efforts.


Do you have a question regarding certification?

Speaker in a conference Please contact the division of Educator Certification regarding certification issues at 512-936-8400.
For information regarding educator certification click on the 29.061 - Bilingual Education and Special Language Program TeacherOpens a new window web page. To learn about obtaining a Texas educator certificate, click on Educator TestingOpens a new window web page.
To learn about alternative certification programs that offer a nontraditional route to certification, visit Becoming a Certified Texas Educator Through an Alternative Certification ProgramOpens a new window. High school students, paraprofessionals and teachers who are considering pursuing certification, visit Grow Your Own GrantOpens a new window.

How do I know if I need to file an ESL Waiver and/or a Bilingual Education Exception? And what resources are available to help me minimize the number of Waivers and/ or Exceptions I need to file?

The ESL Certification Calculators are resources to support school districts, including Charters and Districts of Innovation, in planning for providing appropriate ESL program models, per ESL certification requirements as noted in TAC 89.1210 (d). Additionally, these resources serve to facilitate calculation of potential ESL waivers and for proper PEIMS coding entry related to ESL programming.
The ESL Certification Calculator Explanation and Navigation Video (approx. 47:00 min) is provided alongside the ESL Certification Calculator resources for Elementary and Secondary Levels in order to provide instructions and clarity on utilizing these resources. The first half of the video addresses elementary and intermediate levels, and the section on secondary levels begins at 20:30. A pdf of the ESL Certification Waiver Scenarios PowerPoint that is presented in the video is also provided as a resource
The ESL Program Waiver Scenarios is a resource that serves as a tandem tool with the ESL Certification Calculators to provide extended clarity for ESL waiver submission requirements and appropriate PEIMS coding.
The English as a Second Language (ESL) Waiver Scenario Chain is a resource that serves as a tandem tool with the ESL Certification Calculators to provide extended clarity for ESL waiver submission requirements and appropriate PEIMS coding. .

What are the requirements for filing a Bilingual Education (BE) Exception and/or an ESL Waiver to meet the needs of the state’s English Learners?

School districts, including Charters and Districts of Innovation, that apply for a bilingual education (BE) exception and/or an ESL waiver must develop a comprehensive professional development (PD) plan targeting the competencies needed to serve the needs of English learners.
(D) is an assurance that a school district will implement a comprehensive professional development plan that:
(i) is ongoing and targets the development of the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to serve the needs of English learners;
(ii) includes the teachers who are not certified or not appropriately certified who are assigned to implement the proposed alternative program; and
(iii) may include additional teachers who work with English learners.
School districts, including Charters and Districts of Innovation, applying for a bilingual education exception and/or ESL waiver must assure that they will use a minimum of 10% of their BE allotment (BEA) funds for PD provided through the comprehensive PD plan. Click on this document to learn more about Allowable Use of Bilingual Education Allotment (BEA) Funds for Comprehensive PD plan.


What supplemental staffing can be funded to support the implementation of instruction and/or support program services?
Texas provides Bilingual Education Allotment (State Funding) to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) that serve English learners. As per state statute, these funds must be used to provide services to English learners through bilingual Education and/or English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. Some allowable use of funds included salaries for bilingual/ESL teacher aides/paraprofessionals and consulting fees for ESC coaches to provide ongoing professional development.
Note: Title III, Part A funds cannot be used to meet the state requirements for serving English learners. Title III, Part A funds are supplemental to all other funds, including, local, state and other federal funds.
Title III, Part A – ELA funds allows supplemental staffing to improve the education of English learners by assisting the children to learn English and meet the challenging State academic standards. School districts/Charter schools will indicate in their ESSA Consolidated Federal Application under BS6101 – Payroll Costs the position type.
Note: Title III, Part A – ELA statute limits the amount of funds that may be budgeted to administer the program, including direct administrative costs, to no more than 2% of the total grant awarded for any fiscal year.