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.


For initial certification, this will include a content area exam which is taken through the PACT (Pre Admission Content Test) route/option prior to applying to the Alternative Certification 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.


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.

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 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