Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institute Registration

Secondary teachers of Advanced Placement classes can register now for College Board-approved professional development courses, conveniently located at UT Dallas.

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Certification Tests

Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES)

All students seeking teacher certification in Texas must pass the following TExES exams:

  • Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) test for grades EC-12
  • Content specialization at the grade level for the certification sought (e.g., 4-8 or EC-6 Generalist, 7-12 Mathematics, etc.)

Students must be officially admitted to the Teacher Development Program to be eligible to take a TExES exam.

First, prepare for the TExES Exams

Practice Exams and Review Workshops

Contact the TDC to schedule a practice TExES and content PPR EC-12 exam, or for more information about review workshops.

PPR Preparation Workshops
Fall 2017:  9/16 and 11/04

Spring 2018:  1/27 and 3/31

Summer 2018:  6/09

CORE Subjects Preparation Workshops
Fall 2017:  9/30 and 11/11

Spring 2018:  2/10 and 3/24

Summer 2018:  6/16

Workshops are offered each semester.

In addition to coursework, TExES preparation manuals are available on the ETS website.

TExES Review Videos

English, Language Arts and Reading
Fine Arts
Math: Part 1 and Part 2
Science
Social Studies

Next, register for the TExES Exams

Suggested testing timeline

  • The PPR exam should be taken during or immediately after completing the classroom management course.
  • The content specialization exam should be taken after completing content (subject area) courses.

Registration

  • Visit the Education Testing Service website for additional information about TExES examinations.
  • Obtain permission from the TDC to take a TExES exam.
  • Contact the TDC to complete “approval to test” paperwork with a TDC advisor.
  • Create a Texas Education Agency (TEA) account on the TEA website.
  • After registering, students will receive a TEA identification number, which must be reported to the TDC office.
  • Register online with ETS for your TExES exams.

TExES exams are $131 per test.

Finally, apply for certification

After the University field supervisors have completed the final student teacher observations, students who have successfully fulfilled all requirements for Texas teacher certification (GPA, course work,  ACT, SAT, GRE and TExES examinations and student teaching) should apply for certification on the TEA website.  Click on “Educator Certification,” select “Certification Information,” then click on “Apply for Certification.” (Current fees: $77 application fee and $49.00 background check.)

When the graduation date is posted on a student’s UT Dallas transcript, the certification officer will access the student’s online application, and upon verification of all certification requirements, will recommend the student for Texas certification. The student will receive an automated email message from the certifying agency when he or she has been recommended. When the TEA posts the certificate online, it can be viewed and printed.

Note: Students will need to retain their TEA ID numbers to retrieve copies of their certificates. Certificates may be printed on paper suitable for framing; however, the online certificate is the official teaching credential.

Additional requirements for teacher certification

  • Professional education coursework taken at UT Dallas.
  • Online educational technology course, ED 4372.
  • Appropriate documentation of effective public speaking.
  • 12 semester hours of English with no grade lower than a C.
  • 40 clock hours of early field experience.
  • Grade of A or B in Student/Clinical Teaching.