Students seeking initial teacher certification need to satisfy several exam requirements:
TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Assessment
Before entering the final phase of a teacher education program, the state requires that you demonstrate your critical thinking and analytical skills. The TSI test is designed to evaluate this. If you have a high score on a previous ACT, SAT, or have completed a Bachelor’s degree, you may not have to take the TSI (contact Certification Officer Rose Zuniga at firstname.lastname@example.org or 361-825-2433).
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There are no TSI “waiver” exemptions for COE Students. Test Score Exemptions include: SAT Total Score: 1070 composed from combined scores in Verbal and Math, 550 or above. ACT: 26 Composite Score composed from scores in English and Math, 22 or above. Other section scores are not included in the acceptable Exempt Scores for TSI
All students must have the required passing TSI scores starting September 1, 2017
More information is available at the TSI web site.
TExES (Texas Examination of Educator Standards)
The state uses these exams (formerly called ExCET) to measure an educator's competency in their specific field and in overall education theory. To become a certified teacher in Texas, you must pass both of these exams.
Registering for the TExES Test
Each time you wish to take a TExES test, you must notify the College of Education and Human Development by submitting your request electronically via the TExES Approval Request (TAR) site. Before registering, make sure you have met all prerequisites (talk with your program coordinator). The system will respond to your request via your Islander email.
For detailed information on using TAR and registering for TExES, please visit the steps for registering site.
Contact State Rose Zuniga at 361-825-3074 for any questions about TExES.
*Plan ahead: the TAR web site shuts down at noon on the day before the regular registration deadline to process all existing requests. If you submit your request late, you will be charged additional testing fees. TAR does not operate on most holidays or on spring break. Some "request to test" deadlines may differ from ETS regular registration deadlines.
For more details, visit the College of Education and Human Development's TExES page.
Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT)
If you are seeking Texas teacher certification in EC-6 Core Subjects (Bilingual), the state also requires that you demonstrate listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish. This is in addition to the three TExES exams.