Educator Certification Testing
Educators are required by law to pass appropriate tests to get certified. The required examinations for each certificate may be found on the Required Tests chart. The development of certification examinations is based on SBEC-approved certification standards for each field.
Drafts for Public Comment
Prior to being developed into assessments, each set of proposed test frameworks is posted for thirty days for public comment. Submit comments to email@example.com.
- No test frameworks are posted for public comment at this time.
Currently, TEA is looking for Standards Development committees in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources and Health Science. Applications are due April 22nd.
NOTE: Passing a certification examination does not automatically result in an educator certificate or an additional area on a current certificate. You must apply for the certificate or area through your TEA account. If you are participating in an educator preparation program (EPP), you should not apply until you have fulfilled all of the requirements of that EPP.
PPR Test Update: Tests #110 (Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 4-8), #130 (Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 8-12), and #194 (Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-6) were offered for the last time August 31, 2011. They can be used in certification applications which are submitted and recommended by October 30, 2014, with certificate requirements completed by August 31, 2014.
Update for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments: Per Senate Bill 54, passed by the 82nd Texas Legislature in 2011, candidates interested in this certification must now complete an Educator Preparation Program in this field. Therefore the Visually Impaired and Braille examinations (TExES #182 and #183) are no longer available through the "certification by examination" route. For a list of entities approved to certify Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, search Approved Programs.
Testing for Basic Skills
Some educator preparation programs may require candidates to take the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) exam (basic skills exam in Reading, Writing and Mathematics) for admission to their teacher education program. Register for the Texas Higher Education Assessment (outside source).
Page last modified on 4/9/2013.