Testing

Admission Exam

All teacher candidates must pass the appropriate teacher admission exam call TX PACT for the subject/content and grade level they wish to teach. For students with a foreign transcript, they may have to prove English proficiency.

TExES Content Certification Exam

After a student completes EDCI 514, EDCI 517 and RDG 516 they will be approved to take a content area exam.  You may access more information and prep material for the TExES test at http://www.tx.nesinc.com/ This test must be passed before a student does a 16-week unpaid student teaching or a 1-year paid internship. 

PEDAGOGY AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES TEST (PPR)

Once you have completed EDCI 514 and three (3) additional alternative certification classes, you will be qualified to take the PPR TExES exam. Registration for the PPR should be prior to the internship/clinical student teaching assignment.  The teacher candidate will need approval from our program staff prior to test registration for the PPR.This test must be passed before a student will be considered for a Texas teaching certificate.

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.

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY

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  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).

Contact Information:

Deborah Alford

Teacher Certification Exam Administrator

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Deborah.Alford@tamuc.edu

903-468-3082