New TEA Rules for Teacher Certification Starting January 2020

TEA (Texas Education Agency) has proposed new rules to admission criteria for candidates applying to Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs)The proposed changes are to be implemented on January 1, 2020. You can view the proposed changes  here

Current Rule States that anyone who is not enrolled in an EPP can take the TExES exam through the PACT route prior enrolling in an EPP.*

Starting January 27, 2020

Instead of taking one exam to qualify to enroll in an EPP and to begin looking for a teaching position, candidates may be required to take 2 exams prior to teaching, aside from the PPR EC-12 exam.(Please refer to the tab section below)

Educator preparation programs may have local policies that require a candidate to pass a TX PACT exam as a requirement for admission, but those policies are local decisions. SoTex – ACP  requires for candidates to take/pass the TX PACT** content exam prior to enrollment. (Please refer to the tab section below)

If a candidate wishes to take a content exam that is NOT the Special Education and Core EC-6 and does not have 12-15+ college credit hours on a specific content area(click HERE to see if you do), the  candidate must take and pass the TX PACT content exam FIRST prior to enrolling South Texas Transition to Teaching-EPP. Once enrolled, the candidate will also need to take and pass the TExES*** content-specific pedagogy exam by EPP approval prior to internship. Upon completion of the required exams and the coursework training/observation hours, a candidate can start applying for a teaching position and obtain an Intern or Probationary certificate. (Please refer to the tab section below)

Since Special Education does not lend itself to a specific test subject matter, and due to broad content knowledge required for elementary education(Core Subjects EC-6), a basic skills assessment will be used in place for these 2 content areas for candidates to take through the TX PACT** route prior to enrolling in an EPP . Once enrolled, candidates will also be required to take the TExES*** Special Education EC-12 and/or the Core Subject EC-6 exams. Candidates mus comply with the EPP’s Testing Policy to obtain access to register for any exam. Once all required exams are passed and the coursework training/observation hours are completed, a candidate can start applying for a teaching position and obtain an Intern or Probationary certificate. (Please refer to the tab section below)

-Candidates testing before January 27, 2020 must select a TExES exam when registering for an exam-

*Current examination process: Candidates must pass the TExES exams  prior to enrolling in an EPP program (Example: TExES Special Education EC-12, TExES Core Subjects EC-6, TExES ELA&R 4-8)

**TX PACT exam – Exam required to take prior to enrolling in an EPP by January 27

***TExES exam – Exam that may be required to take AFTER enrolling in an EPP upon determination of approval. 

5 time limit is still in place for all exams.

Select the boxes below to view which exam(s) you will need to pass prior to enrolling into our program based on your desired certification field with the January 27, 2020 deadline.

Registration for the new TX PACT exams will open on January 21, 2020 to test on or after January 27, 2020.

Special Education Early Childhood - 12

Before January 27 – Exam Code 161 TExES Special Education EC-12

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Starting on January 27 Candidates must take/pass the following exam before enrolling in the EPP:

This exam includes three subtests:

  • TX PACT: Essential Academic Skills (Subtest I: Reading) (701)
  • TX PACT: Essential Academic Skills (Subtest II: Writing) (702)
  • TX PACT: Essential Academic Skills (Subtest III: Mathematics) (703)
Exam Fee
$56 for one subtest in a single session
$106 for all three subtests in a single session
Additional fees may apply.
After enrolling in EPP candidates must also take/pass:
TExES 161 Special Education EC-12

Core Subjects Early Childhood - 6

Before January 27 – Exam Code 291 TExES Core Subjects EC-6

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Starting on January 27 Candidates must take/pass the following exam before enrolling in the EPP:

This exam includes three subtests:

  • TX PACT: Essential Academic Skills (Subtest I: Reading) (701)
  • TX PACT: Essential Academic Skills (Subtest II: Writing) (702)
  • TX PACT: Essential Academic Skills (Subtest III: Mathematics) (703)
Exam Fee
$56 for one subtest in a single session
$106 for all three subtests in a single session
Additional fees may apply.
After enrolling in EPP candidates must also take/pass:
TExES Core Subjects EC-6 291

Bilingual Certification

Before January 27 – Exam Code TExES 164 Bilingual Supplemental and Exam Code TExES 190 BTLPT

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Starting on January 27:

Bilingual Supplemental and the BTLPT will no longer be offered through the PACT route. Candidates interested in adding the Bilingual Certification Route to the Core Subjects EC-6 will need access from an EPP  to take the exams.

ESL Certification

ESL Supplemental will no longer be offered through the PACT route. Candidates interested in adding the ESL Certification Route to any secondary content exams will need access from an EPP  to take the exam.

English Language Arts and Reading: Grades 4-8

Before January 27 – Exam Code TExES 117 English Language Arts & Reading 4-8

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Starting on January 27 Candidates must take/pass the following exam before enrolling in the EPP:

After enrolling in EPP, if candidate does not have the 12-15+ college credit hours, based on the EPP approval, candidates must also take/pass:
TExES 117 English Language Arts & REading 4-8

English Language Arts and Reading 7-12

Before January 27 – Exam Code TExES 231 English Language Arts & Reading 7-12

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Starting on January 27 Candidates must take/pass the following exam before enrolling in the EPP:

After enrolling in EPP, if candidate does not have the 12-15+ college credit hours, based on the EPP approval, candidates must also take/pass:
TExES 231 English Language Arts & Reading 7-12

Mathematics Grades 4-8

Before January 27 – Exam Code TExES 115 Mathematics 4-8

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Starting on January 27 Candidates must take/pass the following exam before enrolling in the EPP:

After enrolling in EPP, if candidate does not have the 12-15+ college credit hours, based on the EPP approval, candidates must also take/pass:
TExES 115 Mathematics 4-8

Mathematics 7-12

Before January 27 – Exam Code TExES 235 Mathematics 7-12

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Starting on January 27 Candidates must take/pass the following exam before enrolling in the EPP:

After enrolling in EPP, if candidate does not have the 12-15+ college credit hours, based on the EPP approval, candidates must also take/pass:
TExES 235 Mathematics 7-12

Science Grades 4-8

Before January 27 – Exam Code TExES 116 Science 4-8

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Starting on January 27 Candidates must take/pass the following exam before enrolling in the EPP:

Exam Code  716 – TX PACT: Science: Grades 4–8
After enrolling in EPP, if candidate does not have the 12-15+ college credit hours, based on the EPP approval, candidates must also take/pass:
TExES 116 Science 4-8

Science Grades 7-12

Before January 27 – Exam Code TExES 236 Science 7-12

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Starting on January 27 Candidates must take/pass the following exam before enrolling in the EPP:

After enrolling in EPP, if candidate does not have the 12-15+ college credit hours, based on the EPP approval, candidates must also take/pass:
TExES 236 Science 7-12

Life Science Grades 7-12

Before January 27 – Exam Code TExES 238 Life Science 7-12

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Starting on January 27 Candidates must take/pass the following exam before enrolling in the EPP:

After enrolling in EPP, if candidate does not have the 12-15+ college credit hours, based on the EPP approval, candidates must also take/pass:
TExES 238 Life Science 7-12

Social Studies Grades 4-8

Before January 27 – Exam Code TExES 118 Social Studies 4-8

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Starting on January 27 Candidates must take/pass the following exam before enrolling in the EPP:

After enrolling in EPP, if candidate does not have the 12-15+ college credit hours, based on the EPP approval, candidates must also take/pass:
TExES 118 Social Studies 4-8

Social Studies Grades 7-12

Before January 27 – Exam Code TExES 232 Social Studies 7-12

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Starting on January 27 Candidates must take/pass the following exam before enrolling in the EPP:

After enrolling in EPP, if candidate does not have the 12-15+ college credit hours, based on the EPP approval, candidates must also take/pass:
TExES 232 Social Studies 7-12

English Language Arts and Reading / Social Studies Grades 4-8

Before January 27 – Exam Code TExES 113 English Language Arts & Reading/Social Studies 4-8

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Starting on January 27 Candidates must take/pass the following exams before enrolling in the EPP:

After enrolling in EPP, if candidate does not have the 12-15+ college credit hours, based on the EPP approval, candidates must also take/pass:
TExES 113 English Language Arts & Reading 4-8

 

Mathematics / Science Grades 4-8

Before January 27 – Exam Code TExES 114 Mathematics/Science 4-8

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Starting on January 27 Candidates must take/pass the following exams before enrolling in the EPP:

After enrolling in EPP, if candidate does not have the 12-15+ college credit hours, based on the EPP approval, candidates must also take/pass:
TExES 114 Mathematics/Science 4-8

 

Physical Education Early Childhood - Grade 12

Before January 27 – Exam Code TExES 158 Physical Education EC-12

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Starting on January 27 Candidates must take/pass the following exam before enrolling in the EPP:

After enrolling in EPP, if candidate does not have the 12-15+ college credit hours, based on the EPP approval, candidates must also take/pass:
TExES 158 Physical Education EC-12
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