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Katy ISD Teacher Certification in Texas
Graduates of a Texas university who have completed all requirements for teacher certification should contact their university for instructions on applying for a Texas teaching certificate.
Persons holding an out-of-state certificate can be hired by a Texas school district. Apply online at www.tea.state.tx.us and click on "Texas Educators", then "Certification." Complete an online application for a review of credentials, request a one-year Texas teaching certificate, and request a fingerprint card. You must also submit a copy of the out-of-state certificate and official transcripts from all colleges attended, along with the applicable fee to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). TEA will inform the teacher which Texas exams to take. The teacher must take the required exams and apply for a Texas certificate before the end of the school year.
Persons who have an out-of-country certificate must meet the requirements in the above paragraph. In addition, the applicant's foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a TEA-approved evaluation service. Out-of-country certificate holders must have U.S. work authorization before TEA will complete a review.
Individuals not certified may be considered for employment in Katy ISD if they pass the content TExES exam and are enrolled in one of the certificate routes listed below.
University-based programs in Texas
These programs are usually delivered as a part of a baccalaureate degree program. They must include general education, academic specialization and a teacher education component. The latter requires actual experience in public school classrooms. These programs are offered by more than 70 colleges and Texas universities. Most universities have programs designed to certify people who already hold a bachelor's degree and want to obtain teacher certification. These programs may vary by institution.
Alternative Certification Program
Some institutions of higher education and large school districts have been approved by TEA to operate alternative programs of preparation for teachers and administrators. These programs may involve university coursework, or other professional development experiences, as well as intense mentoring and supervision during the candidate's first year in the role of an educator.
For additional information on available programs, please visit www.tea.state.tx.us and select "Becoming a Texas Teacher."
Persons already holding Texas teacher certificates may add additional certificate areas by successfully completing the appropriate TExES (and, if needed, TOPT or TASC) exams. Contact TEA at www.tea.state.tx.us for testing information.
All applications and reviews by TEA require fees between $52.00 and $299.00.
TEA certificate applications and reviews require official transcripts (with an official seal or signature) from all colleges/universities attended. The transcripts do not have to come directly from the college/university but do have to be official documents. You may want to order three or four copies now so you will have them as needed.
Professional and Paraprofessional Employee Benefits:
Katy ISD will deduct amounts as requested by the employee for savings accounts, loan repayments, etc., that are to be paid to Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union. Contact the credit union to arrange for this service. Their address and telephone number are: P.O. Box 676, Katy, TX 77492-0676, 281-391-2149.
Professional Organization Dues
It is possible to pay membership dues through payroll deduction. Check with the organization treasurer for available options.
All new employees, by law, must participate in Medicare.
Katy ISD offers many health insurance plan options for every benefit-eligible employee. Employees must pay the premium for any coverage desired for family members and a portion of the premium for self-coverage. An employee on leave of absence may keep insurance programs in force through the district by the regular monthly payment of premiums.
Katy ISD also provides, at no cost to eligible employees, group life, accidental death and dismemberment coverage in these amounts: administrators $30,000; teacher, librarians, nurses, diagnosticians, $20,000; and paraprofessionals, $20,000.
Additional amounts of life insurance may be purchased through payroll deduction in increments of $10,000, up to a total additional amount of $300,000, with premiums adjusted to the employee's age.
Life insurance for dependents can be purchased through payroll deduction. An employee on leave of absence may retain life insurance programs in force through the district for a limited period of time by the regular monthly payment of premiums.
Unemployment Compensation Insurance
In accordance with federal law, each employee of Katy ISD is covered by unemployment insurance. School employees are not eligible for benefits during the time between two successive academic years, terms or during an established customary vacation period. Employees that sign a "reasonable letter of assurance" for the next academic year, and do not return to work as scheduled, are not eligible for unemployment insurance payments.
Worker's Compensation Insurance
The Texas Department of Insurance – Division of Workers' Compensation requires Texas school employees to be covered by workers' compensation insurance. This law will provide medical and/or partial salary replacement for any Katy ISD employee that has been injured or disabled by an occupational disease in the course and scope of their regular employment duties.
On-the-job injuries/illnesses must be reported within 24 hours to the employee's immediate supervisor. Failure to timely report (within 30 calendar days) the injury/illness could cause the claim to be denied.
The first seven calendar days that an injured employee misses work are considered a "waiting period" by the Texas Department of Insurance. In order to be paid for these days, the employee may use any available sick leave time, vacation days, and/or compensation days. After the waiting period, the employee will be paid TIBs (Temporary Income Benefits) for additional lost time at a rate not to exceed 70 percent (if income is more than $8.50 per hour) or 75 percent (if income is less than $8.50 per hour) of the employee's average weekly earned salary, not to exceed $750.00 per week. Employees are not allowed to receive compensation in excess of their regular salary. Katy ISD is an off-set district which means you can use a portion of your sick leave days to buy up to, but not to exceed, 100 percent of your average weekly wage.
The district's commitment to teachers new to Katy ISD, and to teachers new to the teaching profession is evident in multiple programs:
To ensure a smooth transition into the classroom and the district, the New Teacher Academy provides the foundation for the refinement of instructional skills, coupled with practical application processes and educational practices. Courses offered through the New Teacher Academy include: classroom management; instructional methodologies and strategies for teaching and learning.
Working with the New Teacher Academy, the district's Mentoring Program brings the on-going guidance and counsel of master teachers to new teachers.
Teachers use Eduphoria Forethought to access curriculum and complete lesson plans. Planning engaging lessons for students across the district is the primary focus of teachers in Katy ISD and Forethought is the tool teachers use when planning for learning.
Teacher Retirement System of Texas Securing Your Future
All Texas public school employees are automatically enrolled in the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) of Texas. The TRS program is based on an employee's participation of 6.7 percent of his/her gross salary, with the state adding a slightly smaller sum. A deduction of 0.65 percent of gross salary is also required for TRS-Care, the medical insurance plan administered by TRS.
Membership in TRS is a condition of employment for all full-time, and most part-time, employees of Katy ISD. All active members' accounts are credited with approximately five percent interest each August 31 on the average balance in the account for the year. Members who permanently terminate their Texas public school employment may withdraw all payroll deposits with interest. TRS care contributions are not refundable and do not draw interest. Forms for withdrawal of deposits are available from the Payroll Department.
Each fall, TRS members are provided with a statement of account showing deposits for the year ending August 31, and the total amount in the account. These statements are mailed directly from Austin; therefore, it is imperative that the employee's address be kept current. You may also access your account information on the TRS Web site (www.trs.state.tx.us).
An employee approaching retirement must create an application with the Teacher Retirement System of Texas and follow the procedure accordingly. Additional information and a TRS Handbook can be downloaded from the TRS Web site (www.trs.state.tx.us).
Teacher Retirement offers more than just an annuity for retirement years; it goes to work immediately to offer the employee the following provisions:
• Death benefits for the family should the employee die before retirement.
• Disability retirement should the employee become permanently disabled.
• Guaranteed return on deposits, with interest, even if an employee permanently terminates employment.
• A history of continuing benefit increases shows improvements in the retirement formula, which increases benefits for retired members and numerous other benefit improvements.
There are several options for retirement benefits and for death and survivor benefits. For answers to specific questions regarding benefits, contact TRS at 1-800-223-8778.
Optional Retirement Savings
All employees of Katy ISD are eligible to participate in optional retirement savings programs to supplement their retirement. Under federal laws, contributions to the plans are not taxable until withdrawn, usually at retirement, and the employee enjoys a tax-deferred savings plan.
Employee Recognition and Awards
Service awards are presented for service on the basis of 5, 10, 20, and 30 years. Awards are presented at a special program held at the end of the second semester of the school term. Upon an employee's retirement through TRS, due recognition is given by the district. For those employees with a minimum of five years of service, a special gift is awarded upon retirement through TRS.
Many optional benefits including dental, vision, cancer, disability and personal legal are available. Information on these benefits is available online at www.katybenefits.org or you may call 1-866-222-KISD.
P.O. Box 159
Katy, Texas 77492-0159