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). All initial teacher certification candidates must pass at least two state exams—a content and a pedagogy exam. Candidates seeking a professional educator certificate, such as Principal, Reading Specialist, School Counselor, School Librarian, Master Teacher, or Superintendent, must pass one state exam. To determine which state assessments are required for a certificate, candidates should check their degree or certification plan, or ask a College of Education adviser.
Registering for a TExES
Registration for a state exam is done online through the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
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.
- Must 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).
- Must pass all required paper-based practice exams with a score of at least 85%.
Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Candidates:
- Must have an approved, signed certification plan on file in the College of Education.
- Must 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.
- Must successfully complete certain courses before obtaining approval to take a state exam.
- Must pass the respective paper-based practice exam with a score of at least 85%.
Preparing for the TExES
There are many preparation resources for every certification exam. Click the links below for the test preparation resources specific to your certification.
- Core Subjects EC-6 and Core Subjects 4-8
- Secondary (4-8 and 7-12) Single Content
- Pedagogy & Professional Responsibilities (PPR) EC-12
- ESL Supplemental, BTLPT, Bilingual Education Supplemental, Special Education EC-12
- Professional Educator
- Social Studies Content Review Session
- Personal Study Plan For Eligibility To Take A Practice Test Or State Exam
UHCL’s Neumann Library has many state educator certification exam test preparation resources. The curriculum library contains many grade specific textbooks on various subjects.
Various review sessions and workshops are held from time to time. Check your UHCL e-mail for announcements of the reviews.
The College of Education has purchased a paper-based practice test for every certification area that is offered here. These practice tests are administered several times a month by the Office of State Assessments. These practice tests are only available to those who are seeking a certification through the College of Education. Initial certification students must qualify to take these practice exams by successfully completing TCED 4100 or TCED 4102.
Professional Preparation Seminars
Professional preparation seminars are courses for graduate-level candidates to help them be successful on their state exams. They are ADSU 5010 for Educational Management/Principal candidates; LLLS 5010 for Reading Specialist candidates; LLLS 5012 for School Librarian candidates; COUN 5010 for School Counselor candidates; TCED 5010 for Technology Applications EC-12 candidates; and EDLS 7010 for Educational Leadership/Superintendent candidates.