Certification Incentive Program (CIP) Checklist

WeTeach_CS is offering a $1,000 stipend to currently certified Texas educators who add a CS certification to their resume. For complete information about deadlines and requirements, please read and follow all steps of the CIP Checklist below.

 

Don’t Forget Certification Prep

If you’re hoping to get CS certified and collect your $1000 stipend, then give yourself your best chance for success by getting prepared before you take the CS certification exam. To help you prepare, we've created a  four-step certification prep checklist.

 

STEP 1: Verify CIP Eligibility

Candidates must meet all the following conditions to be eligible for the CIP stipend:

  • Be pursuing a TEA certification in Computer Science 8-12.
  • Not already be certified in Computer Science or Computer Information Systems (any level).
  • Be currently certified to teach in Texas or enrolled in an approved teacher certification program for Texas.

 

STEP 2: Decide on When to Take the Test

The TExES CS 8-12 Test is available by appointment, year-round, on a first-come, first served basis. As you gain confidence in your programming skills, decide on a testing window when you plan on taking the test.

We are currently accepting CIP Applications are for the following 2018 Testing Windows:

  • SEPTEMBER 2018
  • OCTOBER 2018
  • NOVEMBER 2018
  • DECEMBER 2018

 

STEP 3: Understand CIP Requirements and Deadlines 

  • You must complete the Certification Incentive Program (CIP) form online (link in Step 4) 
  • You need to provide all of the subsequently requested documentation (listed in Step 5) before testing
  • After passing the CS 241 test, you will have five weeks to provide us with your updated SBEC Texas Educator Certificate.

 

STEP 4: Complete CIP Application Form

Complete the CIP Application Form online. Note that this form will ask you to specify your current teaching status and your Testing Window.

 

STEP 5: Deliver CIP Documentation

The documentation required for the CIP application follows. Please note we will not accept electronic signatures for this documentation. Collect PDFs or printouts of:

  • Driver’s License (front only)
  • TEA Certification Information
  • Completed and signed Payee Information Form (Don’t forget to complete the Part I. B. Citizenship Status)
  • Completed and signed Assurances Form
  • Letter on official letterhead from your school administrator confirming your employment as a teacher or your enrollment in a teacher preparation program. (If you are currently certified, but not working for a school, this item is not required.)

Submit the documentation using one of the following methods:

  • PDFs: Rename each PDF so that the filename includes your name. Create an email and attach the documents listed above. Send the email to CIP.9vc6ddueq0j8ctp2@u.box.com. This email will send the documents to UT Box, a secure system that protects your personal information. There is no need to include text in the email since the system only accepts attachments.
  • Printouts: If you prefer to work with printouts, you can send using mail or FedEx. Please keep a copy of the documentation. We are not responsible for forms lost or delayed in transit. Please see the Alternate delivery methods for CIP documentation section at the bottom of this page.

You will be notified by email upon acceptance to the program. If your decision to take the test is contingent on being accepted by the CIP Program, we suggest you wait to hear back from us before you register for the CS 8-12 Test.

 

STEP 6: Register for the CS 241 Test

Test appointments are available on a first-come, first served basis by appointment, year-round at several locations near you.

To register, please visit: http://www.tx.nesinc.com

For additional information about the CS 8-12 (241) exam, visit the test details page: http://www.tx.nesinc.com/TestView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/TX241_TestPage.html

Please email your actual test date to nathalie.b@utexas.edu after you have registered.

 

STEP 7: Take the Test

When you arrive at the CS 8-12 test day, we would like to say “Congratulations!” for what you have accomplished so far. Taking on a new teaching field takes significant commitment and determination. Taking on CS is challenging. We hope it will be even more rewarding. Good luck on the test!

 

STEP 8: Apply for the TEA Certification

After you receive your passing test score (Score Report Dates PDF), you may need to wait a few days for systems to update before logging in to TEA to request a certification update using these steps:

  1. From a browser, go to the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS).
  2. Log in using your TEAL (TEA Login) username and password.
  3. Choose the blue, italic “Educator” link on the left side of the screen.
  4. Choose “Applications” on the left side menu.
  5. Choose the “Additional Certification by Examination” sub-menu item.
  6. Choose the “Apply for Certification” blue button.
  7. Complete the Applicant’s Affidavit, then choose “Apply.”
  8. Pay the appropriate fees and submit.

 

STEP 9: Finalize the Stipend

Almost there!

  1. Email a copy of your Teacher Certification Info now listing your Computer Science 8-12 certification to Nathalie Beausoleil at nathalie.b@utexas.edu.
  2. After we receive your certificate, you will be instructed to create a profile in the STEM Center’s DataCenter.
  3. We will then send you (1) an Independent Contractor Checklist and (2) an Invoice for you to sign and upload to finalize the $1,000 stipend payment which you will receive within six weeks.

 

Finding a CS Teaching Job

To begin looking for a CS teaching job, enter your resume on the CSTA Job Board. This will help get you connected with a school looking for a CS teacher.

 

Alternate delivery methods for CIP documentation:

USPS Mail
Nathalie Beausoleil
Center for STEM Education
The University of Texas at Austin
George I Sanchez Building, Room 340
1912 Speedway STOP D5500 Austin, TX 78712

UPS/FedEx Mail
Nathalie Beausoleil
Center for STEM Education
The University of Texas at Austin
George I Sanchez Building, Room 340
1912 Speedway Austin, TX 78712