Teacher Certification Redesign

Content Pedagogy Assessments

The following content assessments will be updated to include increased content pedagogy to be assessed through both multiple choice and constructed response questions.  The dates below represent the current target date.  Any amendments will be made on this site.  The dates listed are the scheduled launch dates - could be subject to change to a later date.

All new assessments will have test frameworks released about 12-18 months before the scheduled launch date on this website.

There are upcoming opportunities for Texas educators to participate in exam development committees. Committee members receive Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits for their participation in these exam development activities.  

Visit our recruitment website for information about the development process, the types of meetings conducted, and how to get involved.

January 1, 2021

September 6, 2021

January 1, 2022

  • 4-8 ELAR - 217
    • exam #117 was available until December 31, 2021, and can be used for certification through October 30, 2022. 
    • new #217 first administration was on January 1, 2022, with scores reporting on January 21, 2022
    • New ELAR 4-8 (217) informational one-pager is available to address timelines and other frequently asked questions related to the exam launch, program requirements, and candidate preparation resources. 

September 4, 2023

  • 7-12 ELAR - 331
    • exam #231 will be available until September 3, 2023, and can be used for certification through September 3, 2024. 
    • new #331 first administration will be on September 4, 2023, with scores reporting on September 29, 2023. 
    • New ELAR 7-12 (331) informational one-pager will be available soon to address timelines and other frequently asked questions related to the exam launch, program requirements, and candidate preparation resources. 
  • EC-12 Physical Education - 258
    • exam #158 will be available until September 3, 2023, and can be used for certification through September 3, 2024. 
    • new #258 first administration will be on September 4, 2023. The estimated score reporting date will be available soon.  
    • New Physical Education EC-12 (258) informational one-pager will be available soon to address timelines and other frequently asked questions related to the exam launch, program requirements, and candidate preparation resources. 

No earlier than September 2023

Exact dates to be determined. Approved new or updated exam frameworks will be posted online as soon as they become available. 

  • AAFCS - American Association for Family Consumer Sciences
    • Family and Consumer Sciences Composite
    • Hospitality, Nutrition, and Food Science
    • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Health EC-12

 

New Certificate Field Addition  

  • Early Childhood-Grade 3 Certificate  
    • Please e-mail your assigned program specialist for information, materials, and updated alignment charts.

edTPA  

Forty of Texas’ educator preparation programs are participating in Year 3 of Texas’ edTPA pilot. Teacher candidates completing clinical teaching or internship in a Texas school district may be completing an edTPA portfolio as edTPA is an approved certification exam for standard certification. Additional information can be found on the Texas edTPA Pilot webpage. 

PACT (Pre-Admission Content Test)

Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) candidates will take a new series of exams beginning January 27, 2020. Registration and appointment scheduling for these new TX PACT exams is available with Pearson. Applicants enrolling in a preparation program that requires a PACT exam must complete a passing score on the appropriate new content certification examination that corresponds with each certificate area.

Intensive Pre-Service

Texas Educator Preparation Programs can apply to offer intensive pre-service that must provide specific programmatic requirements for a candidate prior to issuing an intern certificate. Please e-mail your assigned program specialist for information regarding §228.33. Intensive Pre-Service.