Approved Educator Standards

The State Board for Educator Certification creates standards for beginning educators. These standards are focused upon the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, the required statewide public school curriculum. They reflect current research on the developmental stages and needs of children from Early Childhood (EC) through Grade 12. 

Additionally, the Commissioner of TEA has adopted new rules pertaining to Texas teaching standards:

Texas Teaching Standards Adopted in Chapter 149

The Classroom Teaching Certificate standards below are for all classroom teaching certificates.

Elementary Certificate Standards

Early Childhood-Grade 3 standards include:

 EC-3 Standards

 Content EC-3

Science of Teaching Reading

 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-3

 

Core Subjects EC-6 standards include: 

 Core Subjects EC-6 Standards    

 Art EC-6

 Physical Education EC-6

English Language Arts and Reading EC-6  

 Music EC-6

 Health EC-6

 Science EC-6

 Mathematics EC-6

 Social Studies EC-6

 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-6

 

Middle School Certificate Standards

Core Subjects (Grades 4-8) standards include: 

 Core Subjects 4-8 Standards 

English Language Arts and Reading 4-8

 Science 4-8

 Mathematics 4-8  

 Social Studies 4-8

 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 4-8 

English Language Arts and Reading (Grades 4-8): The standards include English Language Arts and Reading (Grades 4-8) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 4-8 

English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies (Grades 4-8): The standards include English Language Arts and Reading (Grades 4-8)Social Studies (4-8), and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 4-8 

Mathematics (Grades 4-8): The standards include Mathematics (Grades 4-8) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 4-8 

Mathematics/Science (Grades 4-8): The standards include Mathematics(Grades 4-8), Science (Grades 4-8) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 4-8 

Science (Grades 4-8): The standards include Science (Grades 4-8) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 4-8 

Social Studies (Grades 4-8): The standards include Social Studies (Grades 4-8) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 4-8 

Secondary Certificate Standards

The standards for secondary certificates are found below:

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (Grades -12): The standards include Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (Grades 6-12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 7-12

Business and Finance (Grades 6-12): The standards include Business and Finance (Grades 6-12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 7-12

Chemistry (Grades 7-12): The standards include Chemistry (Grades 7-12) scientific inquiry and processes, matter and energy, chemical reactions, science learning, and instruction and assessment domains and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 7-12

Computer Science (Grades 8-12): The standards include Computer Science (Grades 8-12) PDF sections 1-7, 8, 9, 11, and 14 and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 7-12

Dance (Grades 6-12): The standards include Dance (Grades 8-12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 7-12

English Language Arts and Reading (Grades 7-12): The standards include English Language Arts and Reading (Grades 7-12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 7-12

Family and Consumer Sciences (Grades 6-12): The standards include Family and Consumer Sciences (Grades 6-12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 7-12

Health Science (Grades 6-12): The standards include Health Science (Grades 6-12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 7-12

History (Grades 7-12): The standards include History (Grades 7-12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 7-12

Hospitality, Nutrition, and Food Sciences (Grades 6-12): The standards include Family Consumer Sciences Composite (6-12) sections I, IV, and V and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 7-12

Human Development and Family Studies (Grades 8-12): The standards include Family and Consumer Sciences Composite (6-12) sections I, II, and III and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 7-12

Journalism (Grades 7-12): The standards include Journalism (Grades 7-12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 7-12

Life Sciences (Grades 7-12): The standards include Life Science (Grades 7-12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 7-12

Marketing (Grades 6-12): The standards include Marketing (Grades 6-12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 7-12

Mathematics (Grades 7-12): The standards include Mathematics (Grades 7-12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 7-12

Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering (Grades 6-12): The standards include Mathematics (Grades 7-12), Physical Science (Grades 6-12), Engineering (Grades 8-12), and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 7-12

Mathematics/Physics (Grades 7-12): The standards include Mathematics (Grades 7-12), the Physics portion of Physical Science (Grades 6-12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 7-12

Physical Science (Grades 6-12): The standards include Physical Science (Grades 6-12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 7-12

Science (Grades 7-12): The standards include Science (Grades 7-12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 7-12

Social Studies (Grades 7-12): The standards include Social Studies (Grades 7-12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 7-12

Speech (Grades 7-12): The standards include Speech (Grades 7-12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 7-12

Technology Education (Grades 6-12): The standards include Technology Education (Grades 6-12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 7-12

Trade and Industrial Education: The standards include Trade and Industrial Education: Professional Responsibilities (Grades 6-12)

All-level Certificate Standards

The standards for all-level certificates are found below:

American Sign Language - written (Grades EC-12): The standards include American Sign Language - written (Grades EC-12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (EC-Grade 12)

Art (EC-Grade 12): The standards include Art (EC-Grade 12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (EC-Grade 12)

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (EC-Grade 12): The standards include Deaf and Hard of Hearing (EC-Grade 12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (EC-Grade 12)

Health (EC-Grade 12): The standards include Health (EC-Grade 12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (EC-Grade 12)

Languages other than English (EC-Grade 12): The standards include Languages other than English (EC-Grade 12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (EC-Grade 12)

Music (Grades EC-12): The standards include Music (Grades EC-12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (EC-Grade 12)

Physical Education (Grades EC-12): The standards include Physical Education (Grades EC-12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (EC-Grade 12)

Special Education (EC-Grade 12): The standards include Special Education (EC-Grade 12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (EC-Grade 12)

Technology Applications (EC-Grade 12): The standards include Technology Applications (EC-Grade 12) PDF sections 1-7, 10, 12, and 13 and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (EC-Grade 12)

Theatre (EC-Grade-12): The standards include Theatre (EC-Grade 12) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (EC-Grade 12)

Supplemental Certificate Standards

The standards for supplemental certificates are found below:

Bilingual Education

Bilingual Target Language Proficiency

English as a Second Language  

Gifted and Talented (Supplemental)

Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments Supplemental (includes Braille) (Grades EC-12)

Standards for All Teachers

All teachers must meet the following standards:

Technology Applications (All Beginning Teachers, PDF) The first seven standards of the Technology Applications EC-12 Standards are expected of all beginning teachers and are incorporated in to the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) test.

Administrative Certificate Standards

The standards for administrative certificates are found below:

Principal (§241.15)

Superintendent(§242.15)

Student Services Certificate Standards

The standards for student services certificates are found below:

Educational Diagnostician (§239.83)

Reading Specialist (EC-Grade 12)

School Counselor (§239.15)

School Librarian (§239.55)

Master Teacher Certificate Standards

The standards for Master Teacher certificates are found below:

Master Mathematics Teacher

Master Reading Teacher

Master Science Teacher

Master Technology Teacher