Texas Educator Certification

This page is for currently enrolled students or alumni of an education certification program at Concordia University, including initial teacher certification, reading specialist certification, principal certification or superintendent certification.

If you are a prospective student who would like more information about the College of Education, please contact admissions@concordia.edu

Concordia Educator Preparation Program Contacts:

State Testing

Please be aware that there was a recent change to the state testing policy. Beginning September 1, 2015, candidates are allowed only 4 retakes per test. For more information regarding this new policy, please refer to the Educator Testing page on the TEA website.  After August 31, 2018, all attempts will be counted seperately, including attempts before September 1, 2015.

Core Subjects (211 291) Exams: Please make sure you are fully aware of the retest policy and not use up all your attempts by taking individual subtests (800-level tests).

Even though the Pearson system may allow you to sign up for the 800-level subtests after you take the whole Core Subjects test, you should NOT do so unless you are down to only 1 test left to pass.

If you have already taken a section and passed, you may skip through the section(s) by clicking next, next, next, and so on until you get to the sections that you still need to pass. You do not need to answer a single question in the sections that you have already passed.

Again, the only time you should sign up for an individual subtest is when that is the last test needed to pass. If you have inadvertently registered for individual subtests, contact Pearson to reschedule those exams into the appropriate Core Subjects exam.

CTX Contact Information

If you completed all requirements to be released for a state exam and have already received an email confirming your test approval, please see the directions below. If you need to be released again, please contact your program coordinator.

Login and Registration Information

TEA changed the log-in process for ECOS (formerly SBEC) to TEAL. If you have already created a TEAL log-in, please do not create a new one.

How to log-in to TEAL

TEA has also changed testing vendors from ETS to Pearson.  Starting September 1, 2018, you will need to create a new account with Pearson.  You will also now need to register for your exam AND schedule a test appointment. 

Account creation & Registration instructions

Pearson Registration page

  • Make sure to read all registration and testing policies carefully. 
  • You will now be required to bring to the exam administration two pieces of original (no photocopies or digital ID) and valid (unexpired) identification, printed in English in the exact name in which you registered.
  • Your identification must contain your name, a recent recognizable photograph, and your signature.  
  • The first and last names on your ID must exactly match your name on your test registration. If your ID does not match your test registration, you will not be permitted to test, and you will not be eligible for a refund.  
  • At the test center you will be required to provide a digital signature, have your photograph taken and provide a palm vein scan.

If you have problems logging into TEAL or ECOS, you will need to contact TEA.

If you have problems with test registration, you will need to contact Pearson.

Standard Certification

Certification Requirements

Initial Teacher Certification

    • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and successfully complete the Teacher Education Preparation Program at Concordia University. Degrees are awarded and the program is considered successfully completed once the Registrar has determined that all requirements have been met and final grades and degrees have been certified.
    • Pass both the Content and Pedagogy Professional Responsibilities (PPR) state exams.
    • Complete Fingerprinting.
    • Submit a state application. (See application instructions below.)

Reading Specialist Certification

    • Hold a master's degree from an accredited college or university and successfully complete the Advanced Literacy with Reading Specialist Preparation Program at Concordia University. Degrees are awarded and the program is considered successfully completed once the Registrar has determined that all requirements have been met and final grades and degrees have been certified.
    • Have at least two years of experience as a teacher in a public or accredited private school and submit service records or proof of service during LTC 5336.
    • Pass the Reading Specialist exam.
    • Submit a state application. (See application instructions below.)

Principal Certification

    • Hold a master's degree from an accredited college or university and successfully complete the Educational Administration Principal Certification Preparation Program at Concordia University. Degrees are awarded and the program is considered successfully completed once the Registrar has determined that all requirements have been met and final grades and degrees have been certified.
    • Hold a valid classroom teaching certificate.
    • Have at least two years of experience as a teacher in a public or accredited private school and submit service records or proof of service during EDAD 5154.
    • Pass the state Principal (068) exam.
    • Submit a state application. (See application instructions below.)

Superintendent Certification

    • Hold a master's degree from an accredited college or university and successfully complete the Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Superintendent Certification Program at Concordia University. Degrees are awarded and the program is considered successfully completed once the Registrar has determined that all requirements have been met and final grades and degrees have been certified.
    • Hold valid principal certification or complete the superintendent certification applicationbeen approved by the TEA to substitute managerial experience in lieu of a principal certificate and submitted proof of TEA approval to the Certification Office.
    • Have at lease 3 creditable years of managerial experience in a public school district
    • Pass the state Superintendent exam.
    • Submit a state application. (See application instructions below.)

Application Instructions

  • Log-in to the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS) through TEAL.
  • Make sure it says Educator Certification Online System at the top of the page.
  • Choose Application from the left side links.
  • Choose Standard Certificate Texas Program.
  • Follow the prompts.
      • Concordia University is a university-based program.
      • You will need to write in the certification you are seeking (Core Subjects EC-6, Math 7-12, Principal, Reading Specialist, etc.)
Probationary Certification

Probationary certificates cannot be issued later than 30 days into a semester and must coincide with a semester.

In order to apply for a probationary certificate through Concordia University Texas:

  • Be in good standing with the university;
  • Pass the corresponding state subject exam;
  • For probationary Principal Certification applicants: Submit your service record with at least two years of teaching experience to the Certification Office;
  • Be enrolled in EDAD 5155, EDAD 5156, MED 5307, or EDU 5145;
  • Have an appropriate position;
  • Return the completed eligibility form (to obtain an eligibility form, contact your program director) to the Certification Office; and
  • Complete the application through the Education Certification Online System (ECOS).

During the probationary certification period, you must:

  1. Be enrolled in a supervisory course (EDAD 5254, EDAD 5145, MED 5307, EDU 5145 or LTC 5336) during the probationary year and complete these courses with a B or better; 
  2. Maintain a 3.0 GPA with the university;
  3. Meet all due dates for observations and documentation, including submitting all documents on time to the practicum course in Blackboard Learn;
  4. Pass all current coursework with a C or better.
Test Preparation Resources

TExES Test Preparation Resources

There are a range of test preparation resources offered through Pearson:

  • Study Tips: Preparing for a Texas Educator Certification Exam replaces the ETS Registration bulletin with study tips and day of test information.
  • Student Profile Worksheet is designed to gather information that may help you prepare for the exams. 
  • Interactive Practice Tests are full-length practice tests that include correct answers, explanations for correct answers and an automatic score summary report. Interactive practice tests are available for the PPR EC-12, Math 7-12, Science 7-12, BTLPT Spanish, LOTE Spanish and Principal as Instructional Leader (268).
  • Preparation Manuals familiarize you with the competencies to be tested, test questions formats and pertinent study resources. There is a Preparation Manual available for each of the TExES tests.

West Texas A&M's Educational Services administers TExES practice exams for the PPR, most content-area exams and the principal exam. (https://apps.wtamu.edu/forms/texes_practice.php)

TExES Certification Exam Review for Teachers (T-CERToffers low cost test preparation accessible to anyone with a TEA ID#. Test prep modules are available for the PPR EC-12 and several high-need/high-volume areas, including principal certification. (https://pact.tarleton.edu/TCERT/)

Some free test preparation resources are available for specific content areas:

Commercial Test Prep Companies offer the purchase of test preparation materials. The following list is for your information; however, it is not an endorsement of the companies or their products:

Other resources are also available to review specific content:

  • A glossary of reading terms is available on SEDL's website and is helpful for those taking the Core Subjects exams.
  • The TEA STAAR released exams are available on the TEA website and can be used for review in a given content/grade level area.
  • West Texas A&M's Virtual Math Lab is not specifically a certification preparation website; however, candidates may use it to review college algebra, intermediate algebra, beginning algebra or math for the sciences and other mathematical concepts in preparation for the core areas or math TExES exams. The math lab is accessible to anyone, not just West Texas A&M students.
  • The Education Service Center in your region may offer review sessions for various TExES tests. Check the website for your Education Service Center for more information.

Should issues or complaints arise about the Concordia University Educator Preparation Program or any of its components, please follow this procedure toward resolution:

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