Content Exam Registration

Upper-level students enroll in methods coursework the semester prior to their clinical teaching experience As students enter into their last semester prior to clinical teaching, the College of Education and Human Development has implemented a policy whereby students must, PASS their primary content certification exam(s) during the semester, in order to be admitted to student teaching. If a student does not pass their content exam(s), they will not be admitted to clinical teaching. Prior to or during the clinical teaching semester, students will be required to attempt the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) examination.  Passing both content exams AND PPR exams are requirements for certificaiton.  

The State of Texas and Texas Education Agency have a 5 test limit on all TExES exams.  Failure to pass content exams in 5 attempts will result in ineligibility for certificaiton in the content area.  Failure to pass the PPR will result in ineligibility to teach in the State of Texas.  

 

Steps for Content Exam Approval:

  • After obtaining a TEA ID, complete the Content Exam Information Form
    • The following information must match what is listed in your TEAL account:
      • Name
      • Social Security number
      • email.tamu.edu email address
    • Within 48 hours of submission, the Certification Office will upload exam approval(s) to TEA
  • Register for approved content TExES exam(s)
     

Core Subjects EC-6 Exam and No Child Left Behind Requirements

The U.S. Department of Education recently issued a “reinterpretation” of the “highly qualified” provisions for certain elementary (defined in Texas as EC-6 teachers new to the profession after 2009-2010) that requires those holding subject-specific certification, or Special Education EC-12 certification, to take and pass an additional Core Subjects certification exam in order to be “highly qualified”. Affected teachers include those holding certification in Math/Science 4-8, ELAR/Social Studies 4-8, ELAR 4-8 and Special Education EC-12. According to TEA, passing the TExES Core Subjects EC-6 will meet this requirement.

Although we have received special permission to give affected Middle Grades students approval for the Core Subjects EC-6 exam , we are unable to recommend affected students for the Core Subjects EC-6 certificate at the same time that they receive the Middle Grades certificate(s). Certication rules state that we are only allowed to recommend you for teaching certificates that are tied to your specific content area concentration.

Approval for the ESL Supplemental Exam

Students pursuing the Generalist EC-6, Special Education EC-12 and English, Language Arts & Reading/Social Studies 4-8 certificates will automatically receive approval for the ESL Supplemental exam. If a student is in the Mathematics/Science 4-8 program, and believes they should also receive approval for the ESL Supplemental exam, please contact an Academic Advisor to make sure that they have completed the necessary coursework for this approval. If they have completed the necessary coursework, please have the advisor contact me so that I may grant approval for the exam.

Approved Content Certification Exams

Content Area Concentration

Approved Certification Exam(s)

Core Subjects EC-6

Core Subjects EC-6
ESL Supplemental

Mathematics/Science 4-8

Mathematics Science 4-8
Core Subjects EC-6 (for NCLB purposes)
ESL Supplemental (if eligible)

English, Language Arts, Reading/Social Studies 4-8

English, Language Arts, Reading/Social Studies 4-8
ESL Supplemental
Core Subjects EC-6 (for NCLB purposes)

Special Education EC-12

Special Education EC-12
Core Subjects EC-6
ESL Supplemental 

Bilingual Generalist EC-6

Core Subjects EC-6
Bilingual Education Supplemental
Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT)

Physical Education EC-12

Physical Education EC-12

Health EC-12

Health EC-12

Secondary Content Areas

Mathematics 7-12
Ag Science & Technology 6-12
Science 7-12
History 7-12
LOTE - Spanish EC-12, etc.

English, Language Arts, Reading 4-8

English, Language Arts, Reading 4-8
Core Subjects EC-6 (for NCLB purposes)