Certification Testing Overview

All candidates must meet testing prerequisites prior to registering for TExES exams. Once you have completed all requirements for certification (including exams listed below), you will need to apply for your certificate online through the Texas Education Agency (TEA). If you are already a certified teacher, you may add new content/teaching field areas to your existing teaching credential through a method called Certification by Examination.

Required TExES Exams by Certification Area

Many of the TExES exams are offered continuously via computer-administered testing (CAT) while others are only offered on specific 4-day test windows (Limited-Administration CAT):

Traditional Teacher Education Program
Certificate Content Exam (Exam Number) PPR Exam (Exam Number) Supplemental Exam (Exam Number)
EC-6 Core Subjects w/ESL EC-6 Core Subjects (291) EC-12 PPR (160) ESL Supplemental (154)
EC-6 Core Subjects w/Sp Ed & ESL EC-6 Core Subjects (291) EC-12 PPR (160) EC-12 Special Education (161) & ESL Supplemental (154)
EC-6 Core Subjects w/Bilingual EC-6 Core Subjects (291) EC-12 PPR (160) Bilingual Supplemental & BTLPT (190)
4-8 Core Subjects w/ESL 4-8 Core Subjects (211) EC-12 PPR (160) ESL Supplemental (154)
4-8 Content Areas w/ESL 4-8 Content Exam1 EC-12 PPR (160) ESL Supplemental (154)
6-12, 7-12 & 8-12 Content Areas 6-12, 7-12 & 8-12 Content Exam1 EC-12 PPR (160) N/A
EC-12 (All-level) Content Areas EC-12 Content Exam1 EC-12 PPR (160) N/A

Graduate/ Professional Programs
Certificate TExES Exam (Exam Number)
Principal Principal TExES (068)
Superintendent Superintendent TExES (195)
School Counselor School Counselor TExES (152)
Educational Diagnostician Educational Diagnostician TExES (153)
Reading Specialist Reading Specialist TExES (151)

Paper-based TExES exams are no longer being offered.

Certification by Examination

The State of Texas makes available to certified teachers the option of adding new content/teaching field areas to their existing teaching credential through a method called Certification by Examination. Although many currently certified teachers prefer to have formal preparation prior to attempting a TExES exam in another content area, the State will allow individuals to challenge the content area TExES exams without any formal preparation. 

Adding a non-professional level certification in this way does not require approval from an educator preparation program since the program did not prepare the individual for the content area being added. If you have an initial standard certificate and would like to add another certification by exam only, you can register online at the ETS website and do not need to gain approval through Tarleton to do so.

Note: Professional certificates cannot be added by simply taking an exam. Professional certificates require preparation through an approved program. Professional certificates include Educational Diagnostician, Principal, Reading Specialist, School Counselor, and Superintendent.