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Section 6: Preparation Resources
Early Childhood: PK–3 (292)

The resources listed below may help you prepare for the TExES exam in this field. These preparation resources have been identified by content experts in the field to provide up-to-date information that relates to the field in general. You may wish to use current issues or editions to obtain information on specific topics for study and review.

Learning Standards

  1. Texas Education Code, Chapter 235. Classroom Teacher Certification Standards, Subchapter B. Elementary School Certificate Standards, Division 1. Early Childhood: Prekindergarten–Grade 3
  2. §235.11. Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Standards, Early Childhood: Prekindergarten–Grade 3 Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines, §235.13. Content Standards, Early Childhood: Prekindergarten–Grade 3, and §235.21. Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Standards, Early Childhood–Grade 6
  3. Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), Texas Education Agency (TEA)
  4. Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines, Texas Education Agency (TEA)


  1. Young Children, National Association for the Education of Young Children
  2. Journal of Early Childhood Research, Sage Journals
  3. Early Childhood Education Journal, Springer

Other Resources

  1. Carpenter, T. P., Fennema, E., Franke, M. L., Levi, L., & Empson, S. B. (2015). Children's Mathematics: Cognitively Guided Instruction (2nd ed.). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  2. Cohen, D. H., Stern, V., Balaban, N., & Gropper, N. (2016). Observing and Recording the Behavior of Young Children (6th ed.). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
  3. Cohen, L. E., & Waite-Stupiansky, S. (2019). STEM in Early Childhood Education. New York, NY: Routledge.
  4. Craig, S. E., & Stevens, J. E. (2016). Trauma-Sensitive Schools: Learning Communities Transforming Children's Lives, K–5. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
  5. Follari, L. M. (2011). Foundations and Best Practices in Early Childhood Education (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  6. Galinsky, E. (2010). Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs (1st ed.). New York: NY: HarperCollins.
  7. Gartrell, D. (2012). Education for a Civil Society: How Guidance Teaches Young Children Democratic Life Skills (1st ed.). Washington, D.C. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
  8. Gay, G. (2018). Culturally Responsive Teaching: Theory, Research, and Practice (Multicultural Education Series). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
  9. Honigsfeld, A. (2019). Growing Language and Literacy: Strategies for English Learners. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  10. Lange, A. A., Brenneman, K., & Mano, H. (2019). Teaching STEM in the Preschool Classroom: Exploring Big Ideas with 3- to 5-Year Olds (Early Childhood Education Series). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
  11. Lemov, D. (2015). Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Wiley.
  12. Lent, R. (2012). Overcoming Textbook Fatigue (1st ed.). Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
  13. Marion, M. (2019). Guidance of Young Children (10th ed.). Hudson, NY: Pearson.
  14. Moss, C. M., & Brookhart, S. M. (2012). Learning Targets: Helping Students Aim for Understanding in Today's Lesson (1st ed.). Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
  15. Ruggiano-Schmidt, P., & Lazar, A. M. (2011). Practicing What We Teach: How Culturally Responsive Classrooms Make a Difference (1st ed.). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
  16. Searle, M. (2013). Causes and Cures in the Classroom: Getting to the Root of Academic and Behavior Problems (1st ed.). Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
  17. Siegel, D. J., & Bryson, T. P. (2011). The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Proven Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind (1st ed.). New York, NY: Delacorte Press.
  18. Souto-Manning, M. (2013). Multicultural Teaching in the Early Childhood Classroom (1st ed.). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
  19. TESOL International Association (TESOL). (2018). The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners: Grades K–12. Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press.
  20. Tomlinson, C. A. (2017). How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms (3rd ed.). Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
  21. Tomlinson, C. A., & Moon, T. R. (2013). Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroom (1st ed.). Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
  22. Turnbull, A., Turnbull, H. R., Wehmeyer, M. L., & Shogren, K. A. (2019). Exceptional Lives: Practice, Progress, and Dignity in Today's Schools (9th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
  23. Wright, W. (2019). Foundations for Teaching English Language Learners: Research, Policy, and Practice (3rd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Caslon, Inc.

Online Resources

  1. Act Early Texas!—
  2. Early Childhood Outcomes and PreK guidelines alignment document—
  3. Teach Like a Champion—
  4. Teaching Tolerance (digital magazine)—
  5. TEKS-aligned resources—
  6. The Children's Learning Institute—

Professional Organizations

  1. Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Division for Early Childhood (DEC)—
  2. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—

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