TExES Testing Requirements Prior to Clinical Teaching or Year-long Residency for Traditional Undergraduate Teacher Education Candidates have changed as of the Spring 2021 semester. Refer to your Certification Testing Handbook or contact the Coordinator of Certification Testing for detailed information. Testing Requirements are subject to change without advanced notice.
 Elementary Education students with concentrations in EC-6 and 4-8 Core Subjects, 4-8 English, Language Arts and Reading, or 4-8 English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies will be required to take and pass the new Science of Teaching Reading (Exam #293) if being recommended for teacher certification after 12/31/2020. Additional information is included in this notice provided by TEA. It will be necessary for all program completers to apply for certification early enough to meet the recommendation deadline. An informational brochure for candidates clinical teaching Fall 2020, and for those effected prior completers can be found by clicking here. The last possible date to be awarded a standard certificate using the #291 exam in conjunction with the #293 STR exam is 12/30/22.

Registration Process Overview

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Traditional Teacher Education students receive basic certification testing information when enrolled in EDUC 3320/3321 (Block I). The Coordinator for Certification Testing shares a more detailed presentation of testing information, including the registration process, with students at the mandatory Clinical Teaching Application and Certification Testing meetings scheduled to take place while enrolled in EDUC 3331/EDSP 4361 (Block II). Testing approval will be granted toward the end of the Block II semester once preparation requirements have been completed and fulfilled.

The Pearson VUE website is set up to assist you with the certification testing process, including registration information, exam preparation, testing locations, test results, and score reporting. However, we provide detailed information for Tarleton students, including

The complete Handbooks for Fall 2021 Block II students can be found on the Testing Overview page. Be sure to select the correct handbook that fits your clinical experience. Testing information is constantly subject to change and candidates must be responsible for keeping abreast of any changes due to delaying clinical teaching for any reason. Testing requirements are subject to change and it’s crucial candidates who are unable to maintain sequential coursework keep in contact with Educator Preparation Services to stay on top of those changes.

Testing Prerequisites

In accordance with state law, only candidates who have received official notification and replied with formal acceptance of program admission are eligible to be approved to take TExES examinations. Tarleton will only approve candidates to take the examinations directly associated with their admission certification area(s).

Per the TEA Educator Certification Examination Retake Limit, candidates are limited to five attempt approvals by Tarleton to take any one certification exam. A state waiver to continue to test is available through TEA past 5 attempts should that become necessary.

If you have graduated and completed all program requirements for certification through Tarleton State University, but have not taken and passed all required exams, you must continue to register for exams through Tarleton.

Candidates who have not taken and passed certification exams and/or applied for certification through TEA within a timely manner of program completion run the risk of losing passed exams and certification ability due to unpredictable changes in state law and rules. Candidates may be required to repeat or complete additional coursework, pass practice exams and/or engage the services of an outside test preparation program, especially if the State replaces an expired exam with a new replacement exam, and/or changes certification standards. It is the responsibility of candidates who have not completed certification requirements at the time of program completion to stay abreast and informed of any testing and certification changes that are implemented at the state level by reviewing the TEA and EPS websites.

Candidates who have already been awarded initial standard certification and want to add another area to their certificate by challenging an exam are not require to register or seek approval through Tarleton. Read more about Certification by Exam.

View the prerequisites for each candidate type:

Traditional Undergraduate Program Candidates

Traditional Undergraduates must meet all program prerequisites in order to be eligible to take the state certification examinations (TExES).

Beginning with Spring 2021 Clinical Teachers, candidates in the traditional Teacher Education Program must have ALL of the appropriate Content(s), EC-12 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities, any Supplemental (ESL or Bilingual) and the Science of Teaching Reading (if applicable) exams taken and passed by August 1st for the fall clinical teaching semester and December 15th for the spring clinical teaching semester. (Previous requirements only included the PPR and Content area exams.)

Candidates are required to complete paid test preparation/review programs for each exam area to help determine test readiness before approval to registration for the TExES exams will be granted.

To familiarize yourself, please review the required exams by certification area.

It is important for candidates who have completed their certification program requirements to immediately apply for teacher certification to avoid any changes implemented or adopted by TEA. Failure to obtain certification in a timely manner may result in candidates being required to complete additional coursework and/or test approval requirements. Candidates must still abide by all Tarleton testing policies.

Professional / Graduate Candidates

Candidates seeking certification in one of the professional areas listed below must submit the TExES Test Approval Request Form a minimum of one month prior to the desired testing date. Candidates should check with their appropriate program coordinator prior to submitting the form to ensure all prerequisites for testing have been met. Once the request has been received and program eligibility has been confirmed, an email will be sent by the Testing Coordinator indicating registration approval. The candidate is then responsible for going online and registering thru Pearson VUE.

  • Educational Diagnostician (offered continuously by computer – CAT)
  • Principal Exams (have specific testing windows for both the #268 PAIL and #268 PASL)
  • Reading Specialist (offered continuously by computer – CAT)
  • School Counselor (offered continuously by computer – CAT) 
  • Superintendent (offered continuously by computer – CAT)

Please review the required exams by certification area before registering for an exam.

It is important for candidates who have completed their certification program requirements (undergraduate, graduate, or TMATE candidates) to immediately apply for certification to avoid any changes to requirements implemented or adopted by TEA. Failure to obtain certification in a timely manner may result in candidates being required to complete additional coursework and/or exam approval requirements and preparation. Candidates must still abide by all Tarleton testing policies.

TMATE (Accelerated Alternative Certification Route) Candidates

The PACT Testing (Pre-Admission Content Exam) must be passed before application can be made to the TMATE program.

A candidate must meet the following requirements to be eligible to take an exam by PACT:

  • Must hold, or be scheduled to receive, a bachelor’s degree. You must be currently completing degree requirements.
  • You cannot PACT test if you were previously admitted into a Texas approved teacher educator program.

Register for a PACT test at the TExES website. Please refer to the Information for Candidates Regarding PACT for instructions and the Required Exams Chart.

Candidates must follow the testing sequence as directed by the TMATE office and submit the required TExES Test Approval Request Form to the TMATE office in a timely manner. Please contact the TMATE office to obtain the test request form.

The TMATE office will forward all forms to the Testing Coordinator for processing. An email confirmation will be sent by the Testing Coordinator once approval to test has been verified and designated in the online registration system. It will then be the student’s responsibility to go online and register by the Pearson registration deadline.

All test preparation must be completed prior to taking the require TExES exams. This may include, but is not limited to, the taking and reviewing of the practice test, enrollment in or completion of coursework, attendance at workshops, or successful completion of require remediation.

Please visit the TMATE website for a more thorough explanation of policies and procedures.