Approval to Test

A TExES test may be taken if one of the following criteria is met:

Educator Preparation Program (EPP) Candidates

If you are fulfilling the requirements in an EPP approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), you must receive approval from your EPP to take a certification test.

There are several types of teacher training programs:

  • University Initial — a program usually delivered as part of a baccalaureate program that includes clinical teaching
  • University Post Baccalaureate — a program that may be offered to an individual who already holds at least a bachelor’s degree and is seeking certification and an additional degree
  • University Alternative Certification Program — an Alternative Certification Program offered by a university
  • Alternative Certification Program — a nontraditional EPP for individuals who hold bachelor’s  degrees or higher that may involve university course work or other professional development experiences as well as intense mentoring and supervision

After you receive approval from your EPP, if you are a first-time testing candidate, you must go to the TEA website (click the TEAL Login on the top toolbar) and create an account. When you create your account you will complete an Educator Profile and obtain a TEA ID number. You will be able to view your approved tests in your Educator Profile under “View Examinations.” NOTE: This does not apply if you are seeking to enter an EPP and need to take a PACT exam.

Once you have viewed your approved exams, go to the ETS online registration system and create an ETS testing account. You will register to test through your ETS testing account.

If you have already taken a Texas Educator Certification Program test and you want to register for a test that you have not previously been approved to take, you must get approval from your EPP to take that test. Once you have approval to test, you can go to your testing account and register to test.

Further information about EPP programs and a list of approved EPPs is available on the TEA website.     

Out-of-State/Out-of-Country Candidates

If you are certified and hold an acceptable teaching credential from another state, a U.S. Territory or another country and are seeking to be certified in the equivalent field(s), you must have your credentials reviewed by TEA.

To have your credentials reviewed, you must go to the TEA website and click on the TEAL Login on the top toolbar to create your TEAL account. Once there, you can create an Educator Profile, then complete an online application for review of credentials and submit the appropriate documents by mail to TEA. After your credentials have been reviewed, you will be emailed information regarding the tests that you are approved to take.

Once you have approval to test, go to the ETS online registration system and create an ETS testing account. (See Creating Your ETS testing account.) You will register to test through your ETS testing account.

Certification-by-Exam Candidates

If you hold a bachelor’s degree and a Texas classroom teaching certificate, you may add classroom certification areas by successfully completing the appropriate examination for the area(s) you are seeking.

If you already have an Educator Profile on the TEA website and a TEA ID number, use your TEA ID number to create an ETS testing account and register for an exam. (See Creating Your ETS testing account.) A list of exams that you are eligible to take will be displayed in your ETS testing account. This is where you will register to test. If you do not know your TEA ID number, go to your Educator Profile on the TEA website to retrieve it.

If your teaching certificate was issued before 2002, you must create a new TEAL account on the TEA website and follow the step-by-step instructions to establish your account. Once completed, you’ll be able to access your Educator Profile to obtain your TEA ID number. (See Creating Your TEA Account.)

Charter School Candidates

If you are a Charter School candidate, you do not need to create an Educator Profile on the TEA website. You will receive your TEA ID number when you create your ETS testing account and register to test. (See Creating Your ETS testing account.) A list of exams that you are eligible to take will be displayed in your ETS testing account. This is where you will register to test

NOTE: Passing a TExES test does not qualify charter school teachers for a Texas educator certificate.

Pre-Admission Content Tests (PACT) Candidates

The Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) route allows individuals to demonstrate content proficiency for possible admission into an EPP in Texas by passing the appropriate certification content test before being admitted into an EPP. Taking PACT does not ensure admittance into a program. EPPs may have additional admission
requirements.

NOTE: If you want or need to take a test via the PACT route, do NOT create a TEA ID through the TEAL/TEA.

With policy updates effective March 7, 2013, individuals who hold a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university or are scheduled to receive a bachelor’s degree before being placed in a classroom, are allowed to take a content test for purposes of admission into the following types of EPPs: alternative certification programs, university alternative certification programs or university post baccalaureate programs (without content courses). An individual may not be placed in a classroom as a teacher of record under this section until receiving a bachelor’s degree.

PACT candidates testing through the TExES program can register through their testing account in the online registration system unless they do not have a Social Security Number (SSN). If that is the case, they need to contact EPPAdmin@ets.org and request that a PACT profile with a “P” SSN be created.

Candidates with Specialized Skill and Experience

The Trade and Industrial Education 6-12, Marketing Education 8–12, Marketing 6–12, Health Science Technology Education 8-12, and Health Science 6-12 certifications require specialized skills and experience in addition to testing. Generally you will need approval from an EPP or a district to take these tests. They will review your qualifications and experience. These requirements are listed in TAC §233.14. Step-by-step instructions for school districts and EPPs are available on the TEA website. When those steps are complete, TEA will add approval for you to register for the appropriate test.

Exemptions for Individuals with Hearing Impairments

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may be exempt from the TExES testing requirements. Texas Education Code §21.048 allows certain individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to be issued a Temporary Exemption Certificate allowing them to teach in Texas public schools. Contact TEA or visit the TEA website for more information.

Please note that if your certification requires the Texas Test of Sign Communication (TASC), the Texas Test of Sign Communication–American Sign Language (TASC–ASL) and/or the TExES American Sign Language (ASL) test(s), you must pass these tests even if you are deaf or hard of hearing.