Registering for the TExES State exam for Undergraduates

Requirements for approval to take the TExES State Exam: 

Before Lamar Testing office will approve an undergraduate student to test the following information below must be met: 

  • A TEA # must be provided (If you do not know your TEA number, please call TEA (Texas Education Agency) support at (512) 936-8400).
  • Students must pass the Lamar Proficiency exams before they can apply for approval to take the TExES state exam.
  • Once you pass your Lamar Proficiency Exams or if there is not a Lamar Proficiency Exam available for your content area then you must provide a departmental approval for your content area.
  • Students must meet with faculty for a test review before approval to register for the TExES state exam for more information, please contact the TExES office at texes@lamar.edu
  • Once your test review is completed and verified by the faculty and the texes office the student will receive an email confirmation with the approval and instructions to register for the TExES state exam at the email address the student provided on the application.

To apply for the TExES Exam:                                                       

  • Student must register for TExES state content area exam(s) and EC-12 PPR exam.
  • Complete the Approval to Test for Initial Teacher Application
  • Click Submit
  • Questions regarding application and registration for approval to test for Initial Teacher Application can be directed to texes@lamar.edu

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT the APPLICATION for the TExES Exams until all requirements are met:

Please Note: Because of the high volume of applicants, the TExES exam process can take approximately 2-3 weeks from the time your application is received and all requirements are verified. Please make sure all requirements are followed and met, if not this will delay the process of your TExES application.

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ: “NEW” EC-6 and 4-8 test takers TEA test changes and deadlines

Texas Education Agency (TEA) has implemented “new” certifications and changes to the following certification areas:

 EC-6 Core Subjects (291)

 4-8 Core Subjects (211)

 4-8 ELAR (117) 

All candidates in the certification areas of EC-6 Core Subjects (291), 4-8 Core Subjects (211), 4-8 ELAR (117) and PPR-Professional and Pedagogy Responsibilities exam (160) must pass the required exams and apply with both Lamar University and TEA to be recommended for certification by 12/30/2020.

If candidates do not meet the testing and certification requirements prior to 12/30/2020 the (293) Science of Teaching Reading (STR) exam will be added to the testing requirements. These requirements must be met by 8/31/2021 and candidates must apply with Lamar and TEA to be recommended for certification by 10/30/2021.

To complete the certification and program requirements, candidates must:

  • Pass all required exams
  • Complete all required coursework
  • Degree must be conferred
  • Apply with Lamar University for certification
  • Apply for certification with TEA

Complete fingerprinting and pay fees with TEA 

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ: “NEW” TEA Exams Launch Dates and Changes

The “New” TEA test scheduled launch dates listed could be subject to change at a later date. 

  •  “New” Science of Teaching Reading (293) exam that will launch January 1, 2021.
  •  “New” EC-6 Core Subjects exam (391) exam that will launch January 1, 2021.
  •  “New” 4-8 ELAR (217) exam that will launch January 1, 2022.

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ: “New” TEA Updates for EC-6 Core Test and Certification Extension Deadlines Effective January 2021

The Core Subjects EC–6 #291 exam is being made available through December 31, 2021 to provide additional opportunities to test for candidates whose first attempt was prior to January 01, 2021 but did not pass all subtests.  

A passing score on the TExES #291 exam can be used for certification issuance of the Core Subjects with the Science of Teaching Reading and EC-12 PPR: EC-6 no later than December 30, 2022

Note that the TExES #291 and #391 are separate exams and passing scores on subject exams of one exam cannot be combined with passing scores on subject exams of the other exam.

IMPORTANT: Texas Education Agency (TEA) has implemented “New” certifications and changes to the following certification areas: 4-8 ELAR (117) transitioning to  4-8 ELAR (217). Candidates must pass 4-8 ELAR (117) by TEA deadline December 31, 2021.

Texas Education Agency (TEA) has implemented new certifications and changes to the following certification areas: 4-8 ELAR (117) transitioning to 4-8 ELAR (217). Candidates must pass 4-8 ELAR (117) by TEA deadline December 31, 2021.

*If candidates do not meet Lamar University and TEA application deadlines, they will take the “New” 4-8 ELAR (217) exam beginning January 1, 2022.

After passing the required exams 4-8 ELAR (117), Science of Teaching Reading (293) and EC-12 PPR (160), met all course requirements, degree conferred, candidates must apply for the Initial Certification immediately prior to TEA deadline October 30, 2022.

If candidates do not meet the certification deadline requirements prior to the TEA deadline of October 30, 2022 and apply for certification with both Lamar University and TEA you will not be recommended for 4-8 ELAR (117) certification. Students will need to take the “New” 4-8 ELAR (217) exam to added for certification.

In addition, candidates can continue to submit Test Limit Waivers for TExES #291 throughout the operation of the exam.  

Please review additional information pertaining to above exam dates and changes at TEA website

EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2019: Undergraduates and Post-Bac Students will apply for TExES state exam following the instructions below:

Testing Fees — Effective September 1, 2018

Pending SBEC approval, test fees effective September 1, 2018 will be $116 for most TExES exams, and $58 for individual Core Subjects exams (#801-809). The Texas.gov fee will continue to be assessed. Please refer to the Registration Bulletins posted on the Pearson website.

Educator Certification Examination Retake Limit Change:

Texas Education Code §21.048 limits candidates to four attempts to retake any educator certification examination. This means that candidates are limited to a total of five attempts to pass a certification examination. The five attempts include the first attempt to pass the examination and four retakes. A subsection of the law, which currently counts all attempts of the same examination taken before September 1, 2015 as only one attempt, is set to expire. Beginning September 1, 2018, all attempts of the same examination will count toward the five-attempt testing limit regardless of when the examination was first attempted.

Note: Candidates who did not test before 09/01/2015 are not impacted by the change. All attempts have always been included in the attempt count for these candidates. For more information, please see the Educator Certification Examination Retake Limit FAQs website.

How do candidates apply for a waiver?

Candidates who reach the 5-time testing limit may apply for a test-limit waiver to attempt the examination again. Candidates must pay an application fee of $164 and complete all required components, including analysis of prior test results and completion of educational activities directly related to the candidate’s test for which he/she is applying, before test approval will be granted.

Please visit Test Waiver Information website for additional information regarding this process.

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