Revalidating a Lifetime Certificate

The Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) is the current test used to revalidate lifetime certificates. You may also choose to take a Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) content test to revalidate a provisional or professional certificate. House Bill 72, passed by the Texas Legislature in 1984, mandated that all persons issued valid Texas teacher certifications before February 1, 1986, pass a skills assessment test.

Revalidating Using the THEA

You must complete the reading and writing portion of the THEA; the math section is not required. You must register for this exam at the THEA website (outside source). 

You must follow the instructions on the THEA website to have official scores reported to TEA.

Revalidating Using the TExES

You may also revalidate using the TExES in another content area.

  1. Create an educator account to access your TEA ID number.
    • You must have a TEA ID number to register for a test.
  2. Register for a test on the Pearson website.
  3. Contact educator certification once scores are in your TEA account.

We will revalidate your certificate once we have verified your scores. Once your certificate is valid, you may be eligible for a new certificate. To apply for the certificate you must log into your TEAL account, click View My Educator Certification Account, from the main menu click Applications and then Additional Certification by Examination.