Educator Certification Office

Educator Certification Office

Prepare for your TExES Certification Exams!

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Educator Preparation Program- Consumer Information

Per HB 1508 effective September 1, 2017, all applicants to teacher preparation should be aware of the following:

An individual who has been convicted of an offense may be ineligible for issuance of an occupational license upon completion of an educational program. A person may request a criminal history evaluation letter regarding the personal eligibility for a license issued by the licensing authority.

To request a preliminary evaluation of teacher certificate eligibility, please review additional information and application instructions here.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The educator preparation program is fully accredited by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), based on the combined performance of all our candidates on the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES).

Approved educator preparation programs (EPPs) annually provide the Texas Education Agency and State Board for Educator Certification information about their programs as mandated in Texas Education Code Section 21.0452. Texas A&M-Kingsville has received accredited status from SBEC for each year that the Texas system has been in effect.

Consumer Information- Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Consumer Information- Texas A&M University-Kingsville


List of Approved Certification Programs

For more details about undergraduate traditional teacher certification preparation programs, related degree plans, and coursework information, please refer to the College of Education and Human Performance 2016-2017 Undergraduate Course Catalog beginning on page 264.

Program information for Superintendent, Principal, School Counselor, Educational Diagnostician, and Reading Specialist preparation programs can be found on the respective programs’ websites (links provided on List of Approved Programs).

TAMUK Educator Preparation Program Policies

Fingerprint and Background Check

Pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §22.083, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to employment as an educator; and Pursuant to the TEC, §22.0835, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to clinical teaching.

Passing Scores Required Before Student Teaching

Effective Fall 2015, all candidates accepted into the undergraduate traditional educator preparation program will be required to pass the following PRIOR TO student teaching:

  • The content area certification examination for the certificate field sought
  • the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 examination

Candidates who do not pass these required examinations prior to student teaching may (1) re-test until passing scores are achieved, delaying student teaching until eligibility is met, or (2) forfeit eligibility for teacher certification and graduate with a non-certificate based degree plan.  Candidates choosing this option may pursue teacher certification through a post-baccalaureate program or an alternative certification program.

Passing Scores Required Before Internship

Passing scores are required on TExES exams prior to placement in Superintendent or Principal internship courses. For more information, please click here.

Test Attempt Limit

As of September 1, 2015, candidates for all certification areas will be limited to five (5) total attempts on any certification test.

Texas Educator Certification Resources

Supply and Demand-Educator Workforce

TEA Statewide Search           

Region 2 ESC                      

Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS)

The Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) focuses on providing continuous, timely and formative feedback to educators so they can improve their practice.

Chapter 149: Commissioner’s Rules Concerning Educator Standards

Chapter 247: Educator’s Code of Ethics

Certificate and Exams Deletion

The State Board for Educator Certification periodically reviews exam standards and certificate categories. Click here to review upcoming changes and/or deletions.

TExES Exams Eligibility Requirements Checklist

All students enrolled in the Educator Preparation Program are required to complete a series of test preparation activities leading to exam registration approval. Our staff have worked to develop a recommended timeline designed to help students complete required activities according to student teaching application deadlines.

Click here to review the timeline. A copy is provided upon admission to the program.

Contact Information

Daniella Varela, Ed.D., Certification Coordinator III                                 
Certification Officer                                         
Rhode Hall 112D                                                
Phone: 361-593-2894                                         

Donna I. Deleon
Administrative Associate IV
Rhode Hall 112
Phone: 361-593-4172


This page was last updated on: April 17, 2018