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Test Approval

Test-takers must be approved to register for exams. For exams administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), approval is determined from the educators TEA account. American Association for family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) requires bar codes.

Pre-Admission Content Testing (PACT)  

A person who holds a bachelor’s degree or greater from an accredited university, and who has never been admitted to an SBEC-approved Educator Preparation Program, may take a Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) to demonstrate content mastery.

Candidates in Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs)

Candidates enrolled in educator preparation programs are given approval from their EPP to test.

Additional Certification by Exam Candidates  

A teacher who holds a valid Texas classroom teaching certificate and a bachelor's degree may add classroom certification areas by successfully completing the appropriate certification test(s).  

Out of State and Out of Country Testing  

Candidates who hold teaching credentials from another state or country will need to apply for a review of credentials for information on obtaining Texas certification. TEA may determine that tests taken in another State may be comparable to Texas certification tests. If TEA determines that it is necessary to take more examinations, TEA will give the candidate approval for those examinations.

Charter School Testing

To fulfill the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) federal requirement to be highly qualified, charter school teachers must demonstrate content mastery in their assignment.

  • Available tests through this route are limited to those defined as core content areas by NCLB 
  • Passing a TExES test does not qualify charter school teachers for a Texas educator certificate.
  • No Child Left Behind Division

Page last modified on 10/10/2011 11:08:24 AM.