A colleague recently shared the following announcement that affects Texas educators:
Effective today, March 1, 2013, the Educator Certification Online System has changed. This is the website that houses all certification information, including certificate renewals. When you access the educator certification login through the TEA website, a new web page will appear with step by step directions on how to update your personal information and transfer (migrate) your certification information from the previous system.
At your convenience, please access the website and follow the steps to update your information in the new system. The web address is http://www.tea.state.tx.us/ and the Educator Login button is located at the upper right hand corner of the webpage.
Here’s what that process looks like:
Step 1 – Go to the TEA Web Site and click on the EDUCATOR LOGIN in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
Step 2 – Read the information that appears on the following screen then click on FOLLOW THIS LINK TO CREATE A NEW TEAL USER ACCOUNT.
Step 3 – Fill in the information on the User and Access Management page. You’ll need your social security number, home address, etc.
Once you’ve filled out that information, you’ll submit it and click DONE. If successful, you’ll see the following:
Step 4 – Read the first of two emails. The first appears below:
TEA Application Access RequestYour access request for the ECOS for Educators Application has been processed.
Log on at: https://pryor.tea.state.tx.us/Application Assistance: Additional information about the application is available from the following link:
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/webappaccess/AppRef.htmIf you have questions about this change, please send email to TEA Computer Access email@example.com.
A second email will arrive containing your unique information:
**PLEASE READ CAREFULLY***TEAL Access
Your request for a user account to access TEA online applications has been processed. You must use the username and password provided below to log on to TEAL. You will also receive additional email message(s) when access is provided to the specific TEA application(s) you request.
After entering the password for the first time, the system will prompt you to change it.
* Your password must be 8-30 characters; must contain the following character types: letters, numbers, and special characters (for example – #, *, $, or @); must not include your name or your username; must not contain variations of the word “password”; must not contain a character repeated more than 2 times; and must not be the same as your previous ten passwords.
* The system will prompt you to complete your Challenge and Response selection. You must select three security questions and provide answers. These questions are required and will be used to recover your password if you forget or lose it. The answers are confidential and will not be used for any other purpose. Later, if you forget your password, click the ‘Forgot your password?’ link on the TEAL Login page. The system will allow you to reset your password when you correctly answer the challenge questions that you previously set up. Remember: The answers to your challenge questions are also case sensitive.
* Do not save your password in any browser. If a box comes up asking if you want to save your password, check NO. You are responsible for any use of your login and password, even if it has been saved in your browser and someone else uses it.
NOTE: You will need both your username and your password to access any applications. Do not delete this email without committing your username to memory.
Your username is: Firstname.lastname
Your password is: [password removed]
Log on at: https://pryor.tea.state.tx.us/
If you have questions about this change, please send email to TEA Computer Access at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 5 – Login to the TEAL system using the information sent to you via email. Note that you’ll be prompted to change your password.
Once you have changed your password, you’ll be expected to adhere to the following instructions:
Then, you’ll have to set up some questions so you can identify who you really are:
After filling these out, you will be re-directed to the main TEAL portal.
Click on Educator in the middle of the screen (right panel) and you’ll be able to see more information. When you verify it, then you will be taken (FINALLY!) to the View Certifications page.
At that point, you can click on View Certificates and see what you are certified as!
Whew! I hope that this tutorial is helpful.