Out-of-State Test Exemption FAQ's

This page answers questions about test exemption requirements for individuals certified outside of Texas. These rules are effective May 3, 2018, TAC Chapter§152.1001.

Eligible Educators

1. How do these new rules affect my review of credentials application?  

  •  Applications submitted April 1, 2018 and beyond will be reviewed for test exemption as part of the standard review of credentials process.
  •  Educators that want to be considered for test exemption under the new rule that applied and had a review completed before April 1, 2018 are required to submit a new review of credentials application and pay the $164 application fee.
2. Am I automatically considered for test exemption?

No. You must submit the required test exemption documents to be considered.
 
3. What teaching areas are eligible for test exemption under this new rule?
All classroom area certificates issued by SBEC/TEA are eligible for test exemption.

4. Are certified Principals and Superintendents eligible for test exemption?

Yes. Certified Principals and Superintendents must submit the review of credentials application, documents for review, the appropriate fee, and required test exemption documents.
 
5. Are student services certificates eligible for test exemption?
Yes. Educators certified in a student services area (i.e. School Counselor, School Librarian, Educational Diagnostician, and Reading Specialist) are eligible for test exemption. Educators holding a student services certificate must submit the review of credentials application, documents for the review, the appropriate fee, and required test exemption documents.
 
6. If I submit a new review of credentials application, do I need to resubmit my teaching certificate and transcripts?
No. However, if you have added new certificate areas or received a new degree since your last review of credentials, you must send these new documents for an updated review of credentials.
 
7. Am I eligible for a refund of a review of credentials application that I submitted prior to 04/01/2018?
No. As stated in the application, the review of credentials application is non-refundable. Fees for the One-Year and Standard certificates, that have not issued, may be refunded.

Required Test Exemption Documentation

1. What if I cannot provide one or more of the required documents for test exemption?

If you are unable to submit all required documents for test exemption, you must take and pass the appropriate TExES tests for certification. Your required TExES tests will be identified through your completed review of credentials.

2. What if my state or country did not require certification exams to obtain a teacher certificate?
If your state or country did not require certification tests, separate from degree requirements, then you are not eligible for test exemption under the new rule.
 
3. I have a copy of my official test scores. Can I send them to TEA?
TEA will not accept scores from educators. Official verification of test scores must be sent from the state board where you received your certificate.
 
4. Will TEA accept other documents in lieu of certification exams or a standard teaching certificate?
No. Other documents will not be reviewed for test exemption.
 
5. What if my country does not issue teacher certificates?
If your country does not issue teacher certificates signed by an authorized department of education, you will not be eligible for test exemption. You must take and pass the appropriate TExES tests for certification. Your required TExES tests will be identified through your completed review of credentials.

Work Experience Requirements

1. What if I do not have the required work experience to be considered for test exemption? 

Teachers: Test exemption for classroom teachers cannot be granted without verification of 1 academic year of full-time, wage-earning experience. If you do not have this experience, you may obtain the One-Year certificate, after the review of credentials is complete, so that you can work for one year in Texas. The service record should be submitted once the year of experience is completed.

Teachers that also hold administrative/student services certificates: Test exemption for holders of an administrative or student services certificate cannot be granted without verification of 2 academic years of full-time, wage-earning experience in the role where the exemption is sought. If you have one-year of experience in the role, you may obtain the second year while working on a One-Year certificate. If you do not have any experience in the role, you will be unable to earn the 2 years of experience during the One-Year certificate period and must take the TExES test.

Educators hold a stand-alone administrative or student service certificate: Individuals that do not hold a teaching certificate and hold only an administrative or student services certificate must have 2 academic years of full-time, wage-earning experience in the role to be eligible for reciprocity in Texas. The 2 years of experience that qualify the educator for a Texas certificate can also be used to qualify for test exemption.

    2. I earned my experience in a Texas public school. Do they have to create a new service record for test exemption?

    Your employing Texas public school may send a copy of your service record to TEA for review to determine if it meets test exemption requirements.

    3. I took tests, have a year of experience, but do not have a standard teaching certificate from outside the state of Texas. What are my options?
    If you are unable to provide all required documents for the credentials review including a standard certificate issued by a state department of education or your country's licensing agency, you are not eligible to apply as an out-of-state or out-of-country certified applicant. You will need to enroll in a Texas approved educator preparation program and will be required to take TExES tests for certification.
     
    4. My school refuses to fill out your service record form. What can I do?
    If your school uses their own service record or a similar form with the same information in a year-by-year format, it may be submitted for review. TEA has no authority over private schools or public schools outside of Texas.
     
    5. My school will not release my service record while I am still employed. Can you accept a copy of my contract?
    A contract cannot be used in lieu of a service record.