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Teacher Certification

Brian Renteria
Certification Officer
Dan Waggoner Hall Office 204
Office: 817-531-4953
Fax: 817-531-4814


Are you wondering what it takes to become a certified teacher? We have everything you need to know about what tests to take, what to study, where to sign up and more. Start preparing for your certification test today.

About the certification exam

Certification exams are provided by the State of Texas through the Texas Education Agency. All students wanting to get their initial certification must pass two or more certification exams to be certified to teach in the state of Texas.

In order to qualify to sit for the state certification exams called Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES), you have to meet the requirements through coursework, review processes and practice exams as detailed in the Student Handbook.

You must pass both content and PPR (Professional Practices and Responsibilities) exams before clinical teaching. We'll give you the information and resources you need to help you with the TExES exams.


What exams can I take?

See what exams you can take to get certified in different areas.

Certifications available

All-Level Certification

EC-12 Music EC-12 Physical Education (Pending TEA approval)
EC-12 Spanish - Language Other Than English (LOTE)  

Secondary Certification 7-12

English & Language Arts History
Mathematics Life Science

Secondary All

TExES 160 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (EC-12)

Secondary & All-Level Content Area Specialty

TExES 116 Science (4-8) TExES 117 English, Language Arts & Reading (4-8)
TExES 118 Social Science (4-8) TExES 177 Music (EC-12)
TExES 231 English, Language Arts & Reading (7-12) TExES 238 Life Science (7-12)
TExES 233 History (7-12) TExES 235 Mathematics (7-12)


TExES 613 LOTE Spanish


How do I sign up?

The University's certification officer will approve you to sit for the state exam. The certification exam costs $131 plus a $5 administration fee each time you take the test. Keep in mind that the current fees are subject to change.

For more information on how to sign up contact Brian Renteria, certification officer, at or 817-531-4953. Or, you can visit the Texas Education Agency website.