Before you can take certification exams, you must be recommended by your university. The TAMUCC system for submitting this request is called TAR (TExES Approval/Request).
Before TAMUCC will grant approval through TAR, you must meet several requirements. Undergraduate students must be admitted to Teacher Education, and graduate students must be admitted to the graduate program. (Contact Rose Zuniga for details.) Students who have completed their certification program will not be required to meet prerequisites.
To be more marketable and to meet the NCLB definition of "highly qualified," plan to pass all required certification exams before completing your certification program.
To take a content exam, be sure you have met all prerequisites before requesting to test. Contact your content area program coordinator for information.
To take a Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities exam, you must completed the PPR pretest and analysis, then submit your request to test via TAR.
Steps to testing
If you have TAR questions not answered within this site, please contact Rose Zuniga at 361-825-3074. If you have questions about the registration process contact ETS at 1-800-205-2626.
Each time you wish to test, you must notify TAMUCC via our electronic request system at tar.tamucc.edu. TAR request deadlines occur earlier than ETS regular registration deadlines. TAR shuts down at noon on the day before the regular registration deadline (or earlier on holidays) to process all existing requests. TAR does not operate during holidays or spring break. The request process takes time as transcripts must be evaluated. Please plan accordingly, as late requests may result in additional testing fees.
TAR requires you to register by setting up a password protected account. Fields will prepopulate for future requests. Follow the instructions on the screen to set up your account. Be sure to return to the home page, log on to your new account, then submit your request to test.
Enrolled students must use their islander email address. Check this email frequently. Type your information accurately and read posted definitions carefully. Be aware that using the scroll button will change your responses. Errors will delay the request process. Content required approvals will be generated via TAR. You will receive two emails from TAR; one when you have submitted your request, and one when you have been approved and your information has been uploaded to TEA. You may proceed to Step #2 when you receive the email informing you that your information has been uploaded to TEA.
NOTE: You will not see your tests listed on the ETS website until TAMUCC has uploaded your information.
Get a TEA ID number
Get your ID number by setting up an Educator account at this link. If you have an account, update your information. (NOTE: do not register at the TEA site as this is where you apply for your initial certification.)
Set up an ETS account
Using your TEA ID number, visit the ETS testing account site to set up your ETS account. Important: Information in your TEA Educator account and your ETS account must match exactly, or you will not be able to register.
Register to test with ETS
You can register online or by phone. Visit the TExES How to Register page.
During the registration process, you will see the test(s) you have been approved to take, the dates of the test, the location of the test, and the time of the test.
If no tests are listed, you have not been approved by TAMUCC to test and your information has not been uploaded to TEA. Refer to TAR step 1 above.
Print your ticket
Within 24 hours before testing, print your admission ticket from your account on the ETS site.