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Official Notice: Science of Teaching Reading Exam

Teacher certification candidates who have completed all educator preparation program requirements are encouraged to apply for their standard certificate before they will be required to take the new Science of Teaching Reading exam. This exam begins on January 1, 2021. If you are a past graduate and still need to pass your required content exam and/or the PPR exam, please reach out to our office for information on how to register for your exam. Certificates listed below must be issued before December 31, 2020 in order to avoid this new required exam.

  • · Core Subjects Early Childhood–Grade 6
  • · Core Subjects Grades 4–8 
  • · English Language Arts and Reading Grades 4–8​ 
  • · English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies Grades 4–8​  

Additional information about the Science of Teaching Reading exam can be found on the TEA website:

Beginning Fall, 2018

Educator Testing Transition

The Texas Educator Certification Examination Program will transition to a new vendor, Pearson, beginning September 1, 2018, for the following tests: TExES, TExMaT, TASC, and TASC-ASL. ETS will administer the new Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) when it becomes effective in fall 2019.

Educator Certification Examination Retake Limit Change *NEW*

Candidates are limited to a total of 5 attempts to pass a certification examination under Texas Education Code §21.048. A subsection of the law, which currently counts all attempts of the same examination taken before September 1, 2015 as only one attempt, is set to expire. Beginning September 1, 2018, all attempts of the same examination will count toward the 5-attempt testing limit regardless of when the examination was first attempted. 

Candidates, educators, and others who took certification examinations before September 1, 2015 and have not yet passed those examinations will find more information in the candidate guidance document. Testers impacted by the change must take their examination(s) by August 31, 2018 if the new test attempt counting method will make them ineligible on September 1, 2018. Candidates who reach the 5-time testing limit must apply for a test-limit waiver to retest.

Note: Individuals who did not test before September 1, 2015 are not affected by the change since all examination attempts have always been included in the attempt count for these testers.

Beginning Summer, 2016

Beginning the summer of 2016 in order to register for any AMTRAC course work you must receive authorization from the AC program.  In order to be eligible to register and receive authorization for course work you must be admitted into the AMTRAC program.  See Admission Requirements for details.  You must also be admitted to the Graduate School in order to register for any course work. 


Fee Increase for TExES tests — Effective September 1, 2015

At the August 7, 2015 Board meeting, the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) approved a test and ancillary fee increase. Test fees will increase $11, going from $120 to $131 per test. The test fee for the Core Subjects individual Subject Tests (test codes 801–809) will go from $60 to $65. Ancillary fees, e.g., late registration and score review fees, will increase by $5. The test cancellation fee will increase to $65 for all tests with the exception of the Core Subjects individual Subject Tests which will increase to $32. This fee increase goes into effect on September 1, 2015. For a complete listing of all test and ancillary fees, please refer to the Registration Bulletins posted on the ETS-TExES website at

NOTE: There will also be a $3.00 vendor fee on all test applications. 

Educator Certification Examination Retake Policy Change — Effective September 1, 2015

Beginning September 1, 2015 candidates will be limited to five attempts to take a certification test. The five attempts include the first attempt to pass the examination and four retakes. The five attempts include any of the test approval methods (PACT, EPP, out of state, charter, and CBE). The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is implementing this change to Texas Education Code §21.048 in response to HB 2205, 84th Texas Legislature, 2015. For more information, please see the FAQ document posted on the ETS-TExES website at