Certification Testing Guidelines for Bilingual & ESL StudentsRequired Tests:
By state law, students who are seeking their first teacher certificate must pass two (ESL students) or three (bilingual students) kinds of certification tests: 1) Content tests, 2) the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities test, and a Spanish proficiency test (bilingual only).
1. ALL students must take one or more TExES Content tests, which vary by the certificate(s) they are seeking.
- Measures knowledge of how to teach the various subjects (math, science, social studies, language arts) and/or specialized areas (bilingual, ESL, special education)
- Taken during your next to last semester (internship)
- Students seeking 4-8 ESL certificates will need to take two tests, their appropriate 4-8 subject area (math or science) test and Test 154, ESL Supplemental.
- Students seeking EC-6 certificates may fulfill this requirement in two ways:
By passing one combined test,
Test 192, EC-6 Bilingual Generalist OR Test 193, EC-6 ESL Generalist
- 180 items in 5 hours
- OR by passing two tests (can be taken on the same day or on 2 separate days)
Test 191, EC-6 Generalist
- 90 items in 5 hours AND
Test164, Bilingual Supplemental OR Test 154, ESL Supplemental
- 70 items in 2 ½ hours
NOTICE THAT TAKING THE TESTS AS ONE COMBINED TEST INSTEAD OF TWO TESTS WILL REQUIRE YOU TO RESPOND TO OVER TWICE AS MANY ITEMS IN LESS TIME. We recommend, therefore, even though it may be more expensive, that you take your Content tests as two tests as it may save you time, money, and stress in the long run.
2. BILINGUAL (but not ESL) STUDENTS also take Test 190, the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT).
- This tests can be taken after you have completed your required Spanish hours (6 hours of 300 level courses) with grades of C or higher. Usually this is during your internship.
- The BTLPT is a test of Spanish oral and written proficiency (listening, speaking, reading and writing). It takes approximately 5 hours and is taken via computer.
3. ALL students must pass the appropriate level of the TExES PPR (Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities) Test:
Test 194 for EC-6 OR Test 110 for 4-8
- Measures knowledge of general educational theories and principles
- Taken during your final semester (residency).
- 90 items in 5 hours
Test Eligibility and Scheduling:
Graduates (Alternative Certification Program):
Students admitted to the alternative certification program take the appropriate Content test(s) and the BTLPT (bilingual only) upon entering the program. After having passed these two, they take the PPR.
Students should have fulfilled all requirements necessary for admission to their internship (second to last) semester before taking the TExES tests. This would include an overall GPA of 2.5, an interdisciplinary GPA of 2.5, and a TASP/THEA Reading Score of 250. Students should also have already passed all required pre-intern courses including the bilingual/ESL education specialization strand (Eng 457; BLED 401, 402/412 and 403/413; Spa 331/333 and 332/334). Spanish courses need to be passed with Cs before taking the BTLPT.
We suggest the following schedule:
1. Content Test(s) and BTLPT During internship
2. PPR During residency
Test Registration Procedures:
If you are an undergraduate, at least two months prior to taking a test, contact the ExCET Coordination Office to obtain approval. They will check your transcripts and consult with the appropriate professors (Center directors or Bilingual/ESL Education) to verify your eligibility. You can:
1) stop by their office, located at Education North 205, in person or
2) call them at 903-468-3082 or 903-886-5886.
3) email Deborah Alford at Deborah.Alford@tamuc.edu
More information is available at Educator Certification & Acadamic Services Additional information such as how and when to register for TExES tests is on the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) website at:
For a nominal fee, the Student Assessment Office (located in the new One Stop Shop) can administer practice TExES tests to you and provide you with an analysis of your strengths and weaknesses. Call 903-886-5122, email TestingOffice@tamuc.edu or visit Testing Office for further information.
Online Preparation Manuals:
You can find links to the manuals for all of your required certification tests athttp://texes.ets.org/prepMaterials/
Additional Course Work:
If bilingual students fail the BTLPT, additional Spanish course work may be required. Experience in an immersion program abroad may also be useful for those who fail the BTLPT.
Dr. Chris Green, /Director of Bilingual/ESL Programs