Texas Certification Test

Use Our Resources to Prepare for State Exams

Test Selection & Approval

The Texas Education Agency requires each teacher candidate to pass a subject-specific certification exam. Our Program Advisors play an important role in helping you select the certification area(s) which complement your skills and interests to give you the best chance to get hired. Passing a certification exam, in the subject area you are pursuing, demonstrates your Subject Matter Knowledge.

Beginning on September 1, 2018, TExES tests will be administered through Pearson. Click here for more details.

Certification Areas

Test Preparation

Texas Teachers offers online exam preparation modules to help prepare for most certification area exams.

When preparing for an exam, familiarize yourself with the material, as well as format of the test. The Resources page provides information on where to find free preparation manuals, tests at-a-glance, test familiarization videos, and interactive practice tests.

Our Online Study Community is a forum where candidates share their study tips and test feedback.

There are also several reputable private test preparation companies who provide study guides and in-person classes; see our Resources page for our recommendations.

As of September 1, 2018, the majority of certification exams are computer-administered through a vendor, Pearson. Click here for more details.

Follow our step-by-step guide to register for necessary exams.

New STR Exam!

As of January 1, 2021, all teachers in the state of Texas are required to pass the Science of Teaching Reading (STR) exam if you are seeking certification in one or multiple of the following subject areas listed below. Texas Teachers will provide you immediate access to our comprehensive online STR review coursework, once you enroll in the program.

Candidates pursuing certification in the following must take the STR exam:

  • Core Subjects 4-8,
  • Core Subjects EC-6,
  • English Language Arts and Reading 4-8; and/or
  • English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies 4-8.

The Pedagogy and Professional
Responsibilities Exam

All teachers in the state of Texas are required to pass the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam to receive a Standard Certificate. Texas Teachers will give you access to the online PPR review coursework, once you begin teaching on the Intern Certificate. After passing the review, you will be approved to register for the exam.

PPR Exam
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