Teacher Certification and Testing – Texas

The Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) assess a prospective teacher’s knowledge in his or her subject area.

The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) is the main part of the TExES tests.

All of theTExES tests have multiple-choice questions. Some tests also have open-ended or short-reponse style questions.

Educator Preparation Program (EPP) Applicants: Approval is required in order to take a certification examination from your EPP.

Further information about the tests can be found on the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website:

Official Texas Education Agency (TEA) Website

Teacher Training Programs:

  • University Initial – a bachelors degree program with a student teaching component
  • University Post Baccalaureate – a program that you can take after earning a bacherlor’s degree in order to become certified
  • Alternative Certification Program – a nontraditional Educator Preparation Program which may include additional course work, professional development, and/or mentoring and supervision

Your Educator Preparation Program will give you approval to take your certification test.

Out-of-State/Out-of-Country Applicants:

If you are a certified teacher in another state or country and want to be certified in the same subject area, the TEA must review your teaching credentials.

To begin the review process, go to the TEA website and create a profile.  Then prepapre the application online and submit the supporting documents by postal mail to TEA.

When your credentials have been reviewed, you will be sent information telling you which tests you need to take and how to register.

Certification-by-Exam Candidates:

If you have a bachelor’s degree and a Texas teaching certificate, you can add certification areas in different subjects by successfully taking the examination for the area you wish to add.

Further information about Educator Preparation Program and Certification Alternatives is available on the TEA website at the link above.

The TExES exams are a trademark of ETS.  Please visit the official ETS TExES website at the link below:

Official ETS TExES Website