Testing

Certification Exam(s) - All teacher candidates must pass the appropriate teacher certification exam(s) called TExES for the subject/content and grade level they wish to teach plus a PPR.  For students with a foreign transcript they may have to prove English proficiency by taking a TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language).

TExES Content (teaching field & grade level)

For initial certification, this will include a content area exam which is taken through the PACT (Pre Admission Content Test) route/option prior to making application to the PBTC program.  You may access more information and prep material for the TExES test at http://www.tx.nesinc.com/.

NOTE: the TExES exam can also be used for admission into the Graduate School for the master's and teacher certification combined programs.

PPR (Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities)

Once you have completed the required course work you will take a PPR (Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility) TExES exam. This is done towards the end of the program requirements.  The teacher candidate will need authorization from our program staff prior to test registration for the PPR.

NOTE: Once a teacher candidate is Texas certified they may take additional content area certification exams "by exam" without any additional training or EPP approval to add to their initial certification.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

English language proficiency requirements have been amended, including new score requirements for the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

Educators who apply for certification after October 22, 2017 are required to demonstrate English language proficiency by fulfilling one of the following requirements: 
• Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States, not including US Territories.
• Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States approved by the State for Educator Certification (SBEC).
• Verification of minimum scaled scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT).
         • Speaking 24
         • Listening 22
         • Reading 22
         • Writing 21