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Step 3: Certificates + Required Exams

Testing (Certification Exams)

Step 3: Certificates + Required Exams

Content Exam: The subject you want to teach. 

PPR: Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility. This exam is a required assessment for all Texas teachers; it is not a certification area in and of itself.

Supplemental Exam(s): Exams such as the English as Second Language (ESL), Bilingual Supplemental, and Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Exam (BTLPT).

  • EC-6 certification: ESL or Bilingual Supplemental and BLTPT exams are required, in addition to the EC-6 exam and PPR, depending on your declared certification area.
  • Special Education certification: EC-6 and ESL exams are both required, in addition to the Special Education exam and PPR.

Two Certification Areas: If you declare two certification areas, you must pass both content exams to be eligible for either certificate.


Certificate Required Exams
Elementary (EC-6)  
Early Childhood - 6th Grade/ESL (Generalist/ESL) #160 PPR, #291 Core Subjects EC-6, #154 ESL
Early Childhood-6th Grade/Bilingual-Spanish (Generalist/Bilingual) #160 PPR, #291 Core Subjects EC-6, #164 Bilingual Supplemental, #190 Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT)
Middle School (4-8)  
Core Subjects (Grades 4-8)(Generalist 4-8) #160 PPR, #211 Core Subjects 4-8
English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies (Grades 4-8) #160 PPR, #113 ELAR/SS
Mathematics (Grades 4-8) #160 PPR, #115 Math 4-8
Mathematics/Science (Grades 4-8) #160 PPR, #114 Math/Science 4-8
Science (Grades 4-8) #160 PPR, #116 Science 4-8
High School (6-12, 7-12, 8-12)  
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (Grades 6-12) #160 PPR, #272 Ag, Food & Natural Resources
Chemistry (Grades 7-12) #160 PPR, #240 Chemistry
Dance(Grades 6-12) #160 PPR, #279 Dance
English Language Arts and Reading (Grades 7-12) #160 PPR, #231 ELAR
Family and Consumer Science (Grades 6-12) #160 PPR, #200 AAFCS exam
History (Grades 7-12) #160 PPR, #233 History
Journalism (Grades 7-12) #160 PPR, #256 Journalism
Life Science (Grades 7-12) #160 PPR, #238 Life Science
Mathematics (Grades 7-12) #160 PPR, #235 Math
Physical Science (Grades 6-12) #160 PPR, #237 Physical Science
Physics/Mathematics (Grades 7-12) #160 PPR, #243 Physics/Math
Science (Grades 7-12) #160 PPR, #236 Science
Social Studies (Grades 7-12) #160 PPR, #232 Social Studies
Speech (Grades 7-12) #160 PPR, #129 Speech
Technology Education (Grades 6-12) #160 PPR, #171 Technology Education
All-Level: Early Childhood - 12th Grade (EC-12)  
Art EC-12 #160, #178 Art
French EC-12 #160 PPR, #610 French
German EC-12 #160 PPR, #611German
Health EC-12 #160 PPR, #157 Health
Music EC-12 #160 PPR, #177 Music
Physical Education EC-12 #160 PPR, #158 PE
Spanish EC-12 #160 PPR, #613 Spanish
Special Education EC-12 #160 PPR, #161 Special Education, #291 Core Subjects EC-6, #154 ESL
Theatre EC-12 #160 PPR, #180 Theatre
Professional Certificates  
Principal #160 PPR, #068 Principal
Superintendent #160 PPR, #195 Superintendent
Reading Specialist #160 PPR, #151 Reading Specialist
School Counselor #160 PPR, #152 School Counselor
Master Math Teacher #160 PPR, #087 Master Math Teacher
Master Reading Teacher #160 PPR, #085 Master Reading Teacher