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For significant changes in the TExES Principal Certification Exam #068, please see the information found at this page.

Educator Testing Transition. The Texas Educator Certification Examination Program has transitioned to a new vendor, Pearson VUE, effective September 1, 2018 for the TExES exams. Registration details are now available along with many additional helpful links and information thoroughly explaining testing processes and procedures with this new company. Information concerning the vendor change can be found at this location.  A PDF file that includes instructions to set up a testing account with Pearson VUE and how to Register for and Schedule an exam can be located by clicking this link.

Changes to the 5 attempt limit have now taken effect. View more about the changes effecting retakes for any educator certification examination.

Effective Fall 2019, TExES Testing Requirements Prior to Clinical Teaching Policy for Traditional Undergraduate Teacher Education Candidates will change. View the amended prerequisites for the TExES exam.

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

To learn basic information about required teacher certification examinations, please view the following PowerPoint presentation. This will also be part of  your Professional Development I requirements. The presentation is best viewed on a PC in slide show mode (press F5). Staff from Educator Preparation Services will visit EDUC 3320/3321 classes to introduce ourselves and answer any initial questions students may have concerning the application and testing process.

Required TExES Exams by Certification Area

Most of the TExES exams are offered continuously via computer-administered testing (CAT) while two select exams (BTLPT and LOTE-Spanish) are only offered during specific test date windows (Limited-Administration CAT). Candidates applying for EC-6 certification after December 2020 will also be required to take and pass the Science of Teaching Reading exam to be eligible for their teaching certificate.

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 #160 & Fall 2020 - Science of Teaching Reading #293
EC-6 Core Subjects w/SPEC ED & ESL EC-6 Core Subjects #291 EC-12 PPR #160 EC-12 Special Education #161 & ESL Supplemental #154 & Fall 2020 - Science of Teaching Reading #293
EC-6 Core Subjects w/Bilingual EC-6 Core Subjects #291 EC-12 PPR #160 Bilingual Supplemental #164 & BTLPT #190 & Fall 2020 - Science of Teaching Reading #293
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 #268 and PASL
Superintendent Superintendent TExES #195
School Counselor School Counselor TExES #152
Educational Diagnostician Educational Diagnostician TExES #153 (a new exam is currently being developed)
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 teachers who have been awarded their initial standard certification 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. Tarleton does not approve candidates to take any content exam(s) other than those related to the certification field under which they were admitted to the Teacher Education Program. 

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 Pearson VUE website and do not need to gain approval through Tarleton to do so. Those wishing to add additional content certifications will register for exams directly through the testing company and once passed, will be required to apply to TEA to have the content area added to their teaching certificate. 

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.