What is Happening?
The 291 Core Subjects EC-6 exam is being updated to include increased content pedagogy and will be replaced with the 391 Core Subjects EC-6 exam. The last available date to take the 291 Core Subjects EC-6 exam is December 31, 2021. In preparation for change, Texas Teachers has only provided new approvals for candidates to take the exam on a case-by-case basis since January 1, 2021. If you have already taken but not passed the 291 Core Subjects EC-6 exam, we encourage you to contact us or refer to our exam preparation page.
Why is this happening?
The Texas Education Agency ensures that all certification exams are up to date with the most relevant information and testing measurements. Exams are updated to reflect current information to ensure educators are provided with the most accurate knowledge to achieve success in the classroom. For candidates who attempted but did not pass all subtests before January 1, 2021, the 291 Core Subjects EC-6 exam has been made available until the end of 2021.
When is this happening?
The 391 Core Subjects EC-6 exam was made available on January 1, 2021. The last available date to take the 291 Core Subjects EC-6 exam is December 31, 2021. Beginning January 1, 2022, ONLY the 391 Core Subjects EC-6 exam will be available for testing. However, a passing score on the TExES 291 Core Subjects EC-6 exam can only be used for certification issuance of the Core Subjects with the Science of Teaching Reading and EC-12 PPR: EC-6 through December 30, 2022. So, be sure to register and schedule testing times before your window of opportunity closes to become eligible for hire!
How does this affect me?
The replacement of 291 Core Subjects EC-6 primarily affects candidates who have passed the exam but remain unhired and candidates who have taken the exam and not passed. If a candidate has not completed all requirements for certification by December 30, 2022, the new 391 Core Subjects EC-6 exam will need to be taken to gain certification or become eligible for hire even if the candidate originally took the 291 Core Subjects EC-6. With that in mind, if you do not pass your attempt before the deadline, it does not mean you are out of luck. If a candidate is unable to pass the 291 Core Subjects EC-6 five times, they are still eligible to take the 391 Core Subjects EC-6 five more times.
Are you ready?
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Can I mix and match sections of the 291 and 391 exams?
No, you must either have all of the 291 exam passed, or all of the 391 exam passed.
Am I still eligible for hire if I have passed the 291 exam and NOT the 391?
Yes! You are eligible for hire up until December 30, 2022, with the 291 exam. After that date, you must pass the 391 exam to become eligible for hire.
Does the 391 require the Science of Teaching Reading (STR) exam?
Yes! You are required to pass the STR exam with any Core Subjects exam.
Am I required to take the new 391 exam if I am currently hired in Core Subjects EC-6 and have passed the 291 exam?
No, you do not need to take a 391 exam if you have passed your 291 exam and have been hired.
Where do I register for the 391 exam?
You will register for the 391 exam through the Pearson website, linked here.
Where can I find test preparation materials?
You can find test preparation materials on our test preparation page. We offer discounts through The Learning Liaisons with 25% off when you use promo code: TTTX25. The state preparation materials can be found on the Pearson website, here.