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About the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program

The TExES™ Program

Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §230.21(a) opens in a new window requires every person seeking educator certification in Texas to perform satisfactorily on comprehensive examinations. The purpose of these examinations is to ensure that each educator has the prerequisite content and professional knowledge necessary for an entry-level position in Texas public schools. The Texas Examinations of Educator Standards™ (TExES™) program was developed for this purpose.

The TExES Educator Standards, based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), form the foundation for the TExES exams. Developing the exams was a collaborative process involving classroom teachers and other educators from public and charter schools, university and Educator Preparation Program (EPP) faculty, representatives from professional educator organizations, content experts, and members of the community.

The TExES exams are criterion-referenced examinations designed to measure a candidate's knowledge in relation to an established criterion rather than to the performance of other candidates. All of the exams in the TExES program contain selected-response questions. Some exams also have additional types of questions (e.g., open-ended written or oral responses). For more information about individual tests and exam composition, see the information about each exam in the Exams section of this website.

The TExMaT™ Program

The Texas Examinations for Master Teachers™ (TExMaT™) program offers the following exams:

  • Master Mathematics Teacher EC–4 (087)
  • Master Mathematics Teacher 4–8 (088)
  • Master Mathematics Teacher 8–12 (089)
  • Master Reading Teacher (085)
  • Master Science Teacher EC–4 (090)
  • Master Science Teacher 4–8 (091)
  • Master Science Teacher 8–12 (092)
  • Master Technology Teacher EC–12 (086)

The purpose of these exams is to ensure that each educator certified has the prerequisite content and professional knowledge necessary to perform satisfactorily in the Texas public schools as a master teacher.

More information about the TExMaT program, including test dates and registration deadlines, is available on the Exams section of this website.

The TASC and TASC–ASL™ Programs

These programs are extensions of the TExES program for certification in specific areas.

  • The Texas Assessment of Sign Communication™ (TASC™) is for candidates who plan to teach students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The TASC assesses sign communication proficiency in one or more of several sign communication systems used in Texas classrooms.
  • The Texas Assessment of Sign Communication–American Sign Language™ (TASC–ASL™) is for candidates who plan to teach ASL as a Language other than English. The TASC–ASL assesses proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) exclusively.
  • Both the TASC and TASC–ASL tests use an interview format.
  • Persons who are seeking the Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing certificate are not required to pass the TASC for certification, but may be required to pass the TASC or TASC–ASL to be assigned to relevant classrooms.
  • Persons who are seeking the Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing certificate to teach in a classroom in which another communication method is predominantly used, such as oral/aural or cued speech, are not required to pass the TASC or the TASC–ASL. These candidates will have their communication proficiency assessed by their EPPs.

More information about the TASC and TASC–ASL programs is available on the Exams section of this website.

Nondiscrimination Statement

The Texas Education Agency and Pearson do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in the administration of the testing program or the provision of related services.