Certification/Testing Requirements

Texas law requires every person seeking educator certification to perform satisfactorily on comprehensive examinations. The purpose of these examinations is to ensure that each educator has the necessary content and professional knowledge to perform in Texas public schools. The Examination for the Certification of Educators in Texas (ExCET) program now replaced by the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) exam was developed for this purpose. Every individual seeking certification as an educator in Texas is required by law to pass the ExCET or TExES exam.

The tests are criterion-referenced multiple-choice tests designed to measure a candidate's knowledge in relation to an established standard of competence (criterion) rather than the performance of other candidates. Some tests may have additional assessment modes (e.g., a written response).

Test retakes are permitted until a passing score is obtained. Examinees who fail a test and wish to retake it may do so at any regularly scheduled test administration by submitting a NEW registration form and payment. You may not register to take the same test more than once on the same day.

You are eligible to take the ExCET or TExES if you meet one of the following guidelines:

  • You have completed the program requirements of an approved certification program in a Texas college or university.
  • You are enrolled in your last semester of an educator preparation program in a Texas college or university on the date of the administration for which you have registered.
  • You are in the spring semester prior to summer completion of program requirements in a Texas college or university on the date of the administration for which you have registered.
  • You are in the second semester of a one-year internship of an alternative certification educator preparation program.
  • You are fully certified by a state other than Texas and will be seeking a Texas teacher and/or administrator certificate. You must have also applied for and received a review of your credentials by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).
  • You hold a current Texas one-year certificate issued by SBEC.


  • You hold a valid Texas classroom certificate and are seeking an additional certification or endorsement.

For information about Texas educator certification and exam preparation materials please access the Texas Education Agency website and choose the Educator Certification link .

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