The Texas Education Agency actively supports early childhood educators via professional development, resource provision, and on-demand support.
Professional Development Webinars
The Early Childhood Education regularly provides webinars to support professionals in the field. For upcoming webinars and recordings of previous webinars, please visit the Webinar Page.
To teach in Prekindergarten:
To teach in public prekindergarten, you need the same qualifications as to teach in a K-12 classroom. To learn more visit http://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Certification/
Commissioner’s List of Approved Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Assessment Instruments
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has posted a new list of Commissioner Approved Prekindergarten (PreK, accessible version) and Kindergarten
(Kindergarten, accessible version) (Updated 7/12/17) Assessment Instruments for use during the 2017-2021 school years in
accordance with Texas Education Code (TEC), §29.169 and §28.006.
Commissioner’s Lists of Approved Prekindergarten and Kindergarten
Assessment Instruments are comprehensive and ensure school districts and
charter schools select instruments that are based on valid and reliable
scientific research, thoroughly measure each domain of development, and
are user friendly.
The following five primary domains of development may be assessed using the instruments on the lists:
- Emergent literacy - Reading
- Emergent literacy - Writing
- Language and Communication
- Health and Wellness
Prekindergarten: In accordance with Rider
78, school districts and charter schools are strongly encouraged to
adopt a multidimensional prekindergarten student progress monitoring
instrument from the Commissioner’s List of Approved Prekindergarten
Assessment Instruments and administer it for all 4 year-old students in
Kindergarten: School districts and
charter schools are required to administer a Kindergarten assessment
instrument for all students enrolled in Kindergarten. A district may
meet this requirement with use of a reading or multidimensional
assessment included on the 2017-2021 Commissioner’s Approved List of
Kindergarten Assessment Instruments. (§28.006 (c)). The district shall
administer the reading instrument in accordance with the commissioner's
recommendations. Use of an assessment instrument from the Commissioner’s
list is highly recommended.
Document Appendix for Commissioner's Lists
Assessment Instrument Review Final Report
B. Standards Alignment
C. State of Assessments
E. Rubric and Glossary
F. Master Scoring Sheet
G. Administrative Features Tool
H. Final List PreK Recommendations
I. Final List Kindergarten Recommendations (Updated 7/12/17)
Accessible Versions of the Lists (Prekindergarten and Kindergarten)
Approved Prekindergarten Curriculum
Please see the Currently Adopted Instructional Materials (Curriculum) for PreK Learning Systems
adopted by the State Board of Education (SBOE). The SBOE sets policies and standards for Texas public schools. The primary
responsibilities of the SBOE include:
- Setting curriculum standards
- Reviewing and adopting instructional materials
- Establishing graduation requirements
- Overseeing the Texas Permanent School Fund
- Appointing board members to military reservation and special school
- Providing final review of rules proposed by the State Board for
- Reviewing the commissioner's proposed award of new charter schools,
with authority to veto a recommended applicant
Updated Prekindergarten Guidelines
In fall 2015, TEA established a 13-member
review committee consisting of classroom teachers and administrators
from early childhood programs in public schools, higher education
faculty, and early learning experts from across the state to
participate in the revision of the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines.
The revised prekindergarten guidelines are aligned with the
Kindergarten Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), sequenced to
follow child development and give teaching strategies for each of the
guidelines. The new guidelines offer educators the information and
support to prepare all children for success in school.
Children’s Learning Institute Engage
CLI Engage is
a comprehensive e-learning platform housing TSR Online professional
development, child progress monitoring tools, and classroom observation
tools - available for free to Texas public schools, Head Start programs,
and Texas Rising Star Certified Providers
Texas School Ready
Texas School Ready
(TSR) is a comprehensive preschool teacher training program that
combines a research-based, state-adopted curriculum with ongoing
professional development and progress monitoring tools to help children
be more prepared for kindergarten and beyond. TSR will be implemented
across the state through three delivery models that vary by support
level of intensity: TSR Online, TSR Online+, and TSR Comprehensive. Our
foundational model, TSR Online, is available to all public school
districts, public charter schools, Texas Rising Star certified
providers, former Texas School Ready participants, and Head Start
grantees in Texas at no cost.
eCIRCLE online Professional Development
eCIRCLE Professional Development provides
online courses featuring extensive video-based demonstrations of
effective instructional practices, application-based assignments, and
CIRCLE Child Development Associates (CDA)
The Child Development Associate (CDA) CredentialTM is
based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early
education and care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified
teachers of young children. To qualify, early childhood teachers must
have a strong knowledge base (education and professional development)
and demonstrated practice (experience in the classroom).
Note: CDAs are also offered through many ESCs and community colleges throughout the state
Assessment and Evaluation Tools
CIRCLE Prekindergarten Student Progress Monitoring Tool
The CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System is
a user-friendly, technology-driven tool that enables teachers to assess
a child’s progress in a particular skill area almost instantly. This
simplistic yet reliable data collection prompts teachers to focus on
lessons that target their students’ least developed skill areas.
CIRCLE – Classroom Observation Tool
The Classroom Observation Tool captures
snapshots of a teacher’s behavior and instruction during classroom
observation visits that can be used to develop improvement plans and
track a teacher’s progress over time. The system is well aligned with
the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines and can be used by teachers, school
leaders, and intervention specialists to promote effective teaching.
The Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA)
is a comprehensive assessment that can be reliably administered by
kindergarten teachers and is a valid predictor of academic success.
Free Developmental Screening Tool
Act Early Texas!
provides parents and early childhood professionals with information
designed to determine if a child is developing similarly to other
children his or her age. The tool is designed to answer the question,
"Is this child's development like other children of the same age?“
Developing Talkers/Hablemos Juntos
Developing Talkers and
its Spanish counterpart, Hablemos Juntos, are curriculum supplements
that were created by researchers at the Children’s Learning Institute to
support young children’s language and literacy skills, focusing on
three domains of early language: vocabulary, comprehension, and speaking
The Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System
TECPDS is a statewide program designed to meet the professional development needs of those working in the early childhood field.
Engaging TEKS aligned online resources for your classroom.
Developmental Guidelines - 0-5 years old
Published in 2013, the Texas Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines describe
expectations about what children should know and be able to do across
developmental domains of learning during specific age ranges, as well as
what steps caregivers should take to support healthy development.