State Assessments for Educator Certification

Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES)

The Texas Education Agency (TEA), together with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) has developed exams for each educator certificate, called Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES).  

  Certification Areas Available at UHCL
  • Art (Grades EC-12)  
  • Bilingual Education Supplemental-Spanish (Grades NA)  
  • Core Subjects (Grades 4-8)  
  • Core Subjects (Grades EC-6)  
  • English Language Arts and Reading (Grades 4-8)  
  • English Language Arts and Reading (Grades 7-12)  
  • English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies (Grades 4-8)  
  • English as a Second Language Supplemental (Grades NA)  
  • Gifted and Talented Supplemental (Grades NA)  
  • History (Grades 7-12)  
  • Life Science (Grades 7-12)  
  • Master Math Teacher (4-8) (Grades 4-8)  
  • Master Math Teacher (8-12) (Grades 8-12)  
  • Master Math Teacher (EC-4) (Grades EC-4)  
  • Master Reading Teacher (Grades EC-12)  
  • Master Technology Teacher (Grades EC-12)  
  • Mathematics (Grades 4-8)  
  • Mathematics (Grades 7-12)  
  • Physical Education (Grades EC-12)  
  • Physical Science (Grades 6-12)  
  • Principal (Grades EC-12)  
  • Principal as Instructional Leader (Grades EC-12)  
  • Reading Specialist (Grades EC-12)  
  • School Counselor (Grades EC-12)  
  • School Librarian (Grades EC-12)  
  • Science (Grades 4-8)  
  • Social Studies (Grades 4-8)  
  • Social Studies (Grades 7-12)  
  • Special Education (Grades EC-12)  
  • Special Education Supplemental (Grades NA)  
  • Superintendent (Grades EC-12)  
  Certification Requirements and Candidate Type

Undergraduate Initial Teacher Certification candidates must:

  • Have an approved, signed degree plan on file in the College of Education that matches the state assessments for which they are registering.

  • Successfully complete and earn credit (CR) in TCED 4100  (Core Subjects EC-6 and Core Subjects 4-8 Teacher Seminar) or TCED 4102 (Middle- and High School Level Content Seminar).

  • Read and complete UHCL Policy Governing the TExES Exams.

  • Pass all required paper-based practice exams with a score of at least 80%.

  • Pass at least two state exams - a content and a pedagogy exam.

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification candidates must:

  • Have an approved, signed certification plan on file in the College of Education.

  • Read and complete UHCL Policy Governing the TExES Exams.

  • Take their content state exam as a Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) before being admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP).  Visit the Texas Education Agency for more information. 

  • Must take the Pedagogy & Professional Responsibilities (PPR) state exam after being admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

Professional Educator (Graduate Level) Certification candidates must:

  • Have an approved signed degree/certification plan on file in the College of Education that matches the state assessments for which they are registering.

  • Read and follow the UHCL Educator Certification Test Taking Policy for Graduate-Level Certification Candidates.
  • Successfully complete certain courses before obtaining approval to take a state exam.

  • Pass the respective paper-based practice exam with a score of at least 85%.

  • Pass one state exam (e.g. Principal, Reading Specialist, School Counselor, School Librarian, Master Teacher or Superintendent).

Steps to Certification

Reference: Texas Educator Certification Examination Program (
All students should become familiar with and refer to the policies governing the TExES exams throughout their course of study.

GPA Requirement: At least 2.75 for undergraduates and 3.0 for graduates

Accomodation: If you require an accomodation to participate in the certification process, visit the Disability Services office and follow their procedure for registering for services 

  Step 1: Course Pre-requisites
  • Undergraduates complete EDUC 4310, INST 3313 and SILC 4315, which includes ELPS.

  • Be enrolled in or have completed in TCED 4100 or 4102 (undergraduate) or ADSU course (graduate).  
  Step 2: Personal Study Plan (PSP) 
  Step 3: TExES Practice Tests 

Undergraduate passing grade: 80%
Graduate passing grade: 85%

To determine which state assessments are required for your certificate, check your degree or certification plan, or ask a College of Education adviser.

A paper-based practice test for every certification area offered at UHCL. Testing is offered multiple times by the Office of State Assessments.

  1. View/print the practice test schedule.

  2. Register for a practice exam.

  3. Take the practice exam(s) until you receive a passing score.

    At this point, students who have UHCL approval and an approved PSP may optionally register for and take the TExES Certification exam.
  Step 4: Take the TExES Test
  1. Register for the TExES State Exam  (
    Reference:  Creating a Testing Account, Registering and Scheduling your Exam (pdf)

  2.  Undergraduates must first complete other Teacher Education courses (e.g., Methods) and register for the TExES Exam while enrolled Intern I 4378.
    If you have questions about your courses, please contact your adviser.

  3. Report score to

  4. If passed, students check their degree plans for the next steps. Undergraduates complete Intern II 4978.

  5. If failed, score requirement increases by 5%. Students must submit another PSP and retake Practice Exams.

TExES Preparation Resources

There are many preparation resources for every certification exam.  Select test preparation links specific to your certification.

  Neumann Library Study Aids

Visit UHCL’s Neumann Library for state educator certification exam test preparation resources, links to applications and resources and grade-specific textbooks on various subjects in the curriculum library:

  • TExES preparation books and ebooks:
    • Most are traditional study guides (e.g., Barrons, Research & Education Association).
    • Some support the study of a content area such as "A Young Person’s History of the United States" or "Everything You Need to Know about English Homework."
    • Print books are on reserve behind the circulation desk and may be checked out by currently enrolled UHCL students for 3 weeks.
  • Learning Express Library - Free for UHCL students

    Create an account in Learning Express to access practice exams:
    • PPR EC-12
    • Core Subjects (EC-6): Social Studies
    • Core Subjects (EC-6): Mathematics
    • Core Subjects (EC-6): Science
    • Core Subjects (EC-6): Fine Arts, Health, and Physical Education
    • Core Subjects (EC-6): English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) & the Science of Teaching Reading
  • Multicultural/Bilingual links:
  Review Sessions
  Check your UHCL email for upcoming review sessions, which occur periodically.
  Professional Preparation Seminars
  • ADSU 5010 for Educational Management/Principal
  • LLLS 5010 for Reading Specialist
  • LLLS 5012 for School Librarian
  • COUN 5010 for School Counselor
  • TCED 5010 for Technology Applications EC-12
  • EDLS 7010 for Educational Leadership/Superintendent

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