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.