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Tue, October 22, 2019

State Exam Registration

The Texas Education Agency is planning major changes to the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) and Core Subjects tests. Candidates certified after January 1, 2021 will have to take an additional certification test on the Science of Teaching Reading. The PPR multiple choice test may be replaced by a performance-based assessment. These changes will require extra expense and effort. You may be best served to pass these tests sooner rather than later.

State Approval to Test

All students seeking certification through UTSA are required to have approval to test each time they register for a state exam. This includes exams for teacher certification, professional certification and individuals re-taking an exam.

Practice tests and Review sessions may be completed in any order. It is the student's responsibility to plan in advance and determine the best time to attend Review sessions and Practice exams, when applicable. The Core Subjects review is applicable to both EC-6 and 4-8 candidates, and it is available as an open course in Blackboard. The Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities review is provided live quarterly.

Links to the UTSA Review and Practice exam schedules are located on the right hand navigation.

Exam Approval

  1. Complete all UTSA eligibility requirements for the exam.
  2. If you are asking to take a TExES test for the first time, submit the UTSA TExES Eligibility Form – First Attempt form to the Teacher Education Services Office MB 3.310 or email to michael.vriesenga@utsa.edu. If you are asking to retake a TExES test, submit the UTSA TExES Eligibility Form – Retake form as described above. You can find the forms in the Teacher Education Services Office or through the link to the right.
  3. Update Your Educator Profile: Log into your TEAL account and ensure your current identification documents match your information in the Educator Certification Online System.
  4. Allow 2 business days for exam approval to be completed.

    UTSA will not notify students when they have been approved.

  5. Go to the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website to register for the state exam: http://www.tx.nesinc.com/. Be sure to have your TEA ID# available when registering with the testing vendor.

Exam Registration

Register for computer-administered test (CAT) online with the testing vendor. If registration problems exist, call the testing vendor at (800) 877-4599 for assistance.

All test availability by location for CAT exams will be displayed when you register with the testing vendor.

  1. The vendor provides Step-by-Step guidance on the website. This information can be very helpful to you.
  2. Use your TEA ID number each time you register for an exam.
  3. UTSA students may only register for exams that correspond to their area of certification.

Taking Additional Certification Exams

UTSA will only approve you for tests related to the certification area for which you were admitted. Teachers often find that additional certifications, such as the English as a Second Language Supplemental and Special Education Supplemental can be helpful in obtaining a job. Similarly, related certifications, such as Social Studies 7-12 or ELAR/Social Studies 4-8 can also help. After you obtain your initial certification, you are able to Certification by Exam for many content areas. This is something you will do after you get your certificate.