Privacy Policy

Effective Date: May 20, 2013

At Texas Teachers, we value and respect your privacy. We recognize that personal privacy is important and that you've placed trust in our responsibility to protect your privacy. As a part of our commitment to you, we've outlined how we use your personal information on our web site below.

Information we collect and how we use it

Texas Teachers collects personal information provided by you when you complete an online application, when you register an account, when you request more information from us, submitting payment online, and when you submit documentation to us, such as the "I Got a Job" form. Texas Teachers may combine information about you with information we receive from the State of Texas, Texas Education Agency (TEA), State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC), and Texas state-approved testing vendors.

When you submit an application to us, we ask for information such as your name, e-mail address, birth date, ZIP code, employment history, gender, ethnicity, Social Security number, personal interests, educational background, and phone numbers. This information is used solely to determine your eligibility for our Alternative Certification Program (ACP), to provide required demographic information to the Texas Education Agency, and to maintain our records should you be admitted to the ACP.

Texas Teachers automatically recognizes and stores information from your web browsing session including the domain name, aggregate non-personal information on what pages you visit or access, information volunteered by you, such as preferences, survey information, and our online application. When you are registered on our web site and are signed into your account, you are not anonymous to us.

The information we collect is used to improve the experience on our web site, to customize the content and layout of pages you visit, and to contact you for purposes related to our ACP or in response to a request for contact.

In addition, visitors to this web site are tracked through Google Analytics, a service provided by Google, Inc. to analyze aggregate usage data. This data is used to improve and optimize our web site and is not used for marketing purposes and is subject to Google's Privacy Policies.

Choices for personal information

When you complete our online application or registration, we ask you to provide personal information. You may decline to submit personal information, in which case we will not be able to enroll you in our ACP and/or utilize the services we provide. You may alter your web browser's settings to restrict cookie use; however certain features and services on our web site may no longer function if cookies are disabled.

Information sharing and disclosure

Your personal information may be shared with agents or contractors who assist in providing support for our internal operations, disclosed when legally required to do so at the request of governmental authorities to verify or enforce compliance with the policies governing our web site and applicable laws, and to protect against misuse or unauthorized use of our web site. We share information with the Texas State Board of Education (SBEC) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as required through §229.7(b) of the Texas Administrative Code and §21.045(b) of the Texas Education Code. Texas Teachers may share your information with our sister company, Texas Educators Association, Inc., in order to enhance our services to further your educational and professional goals. Texas Teachers does not share your information with other organizations for commercial purposes.

Texas Teachers may also share your personal information with TEA-approved schools and districts requesting candidates for employment should you meet the criteria specified and are eligible for hire.

We may share aggregated, non-personal information with others; however such information does not identify you individually.

Should Texas Teachers be acquired by or merged with another company, we will transfer information about you. Texas Teachers will notify you before any information about you is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

Cookies

When you visit the Texas Teachers web site, we send and retrieve one or more cookies (a small file containing a special string of characters) to you that are stored on your computer and uniquely identify your web browser. In addition, we allow Google to set and access cookies on your computer for the purpose of maintaining aggregate usage data through their Google Analytics service.

We, and third-party vendors, including Google, use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookie) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) together to inform, optimize, and serve ads based on your past visits to our web site.

Display Advertising

Texas Teachers on occasion will use display advertising on other web sites you may visit through third-party advertising, including Google Display Advertising. In part, we use the Remarketing feature of Google Analytics to better tailor your our advertising to you on third-party web sites via Google Display Advertising. You may opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize your Google Display Network ads using Google's Ads Preferences Manager.

Information integrity and security

We rely on you to maintain an accurate, complete, and current record of your personal information with us; however we may receive updated information from your employer as an intern in our ACP. You have the ability to update inaccuracies in your personal information at any time by contacting us, or through your account on our web site.

Any personally identifiable or sensitive information collected through our web site is done through a secure, SSL encrypted connection. We take appropriate security measures to protect against the unauthorized use, alteration, disclosure, and destruction of data. We routinely conduct internal reviews of our operational practices and security measures, including physical security measures associated with systems that store your personal information.

We limit access to your personal information to Texas Teachers employees, contractors, and agents who we believe reasonably need contact with that information in the course of providing you with services, products, or to do their jobs. These individuals are bound by confidentiality agreements and are not permitted to disclose your information without prior consent.

Personal information will only be used for the purposes for which it has been collected without prior consent from you.

Enforcement

Texas Teachers conducts regular reviews of its practices and procedures to ensure compliance with this Privacy Policy. It is our policy to contact any individuals submitting a formal complaint at the address below.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about our Privacy Policy, please feel free to contact us through our web site or write to us at:

Texas Teachers
Attn: Privacy Enforcement
5599 San Felipe Street, Suite 1425
Houston, Texas 77056

Changes to this privacy policy

From time to time, we may use your personal information in new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in this Privacy Policy. As a part of its review and auditing process, Texas Teachers may update this Privacy Policy as needed. Any changes will be posted to our web site for your review and we encourage you to check back often.