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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.
Initial Teacher Education Program Certification Testing Presentation
Please view the following PowerPoint presentation to learn basic information about required teacher certification examinations. Complete this quiz to fulfill your Professional Development I requirement. The presentation is best viewed on a PC in slide show mode (press F5). An Introduction to Certification Testing Staff from Educator Preparation Services will visit EDUC 3320 classes to introduce ourselves and answer any questions students may have after viewing the presentation.
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):
|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|
|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.