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: http://cms.texes-ets.org/files/6014/4103/2751/RetakeFAQ_08.31.15.pdf.  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 ETS system will 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, you may call ETS at (800) 205-2626 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 the appropriate program chair:

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

How to register for a state exam

Please take time to read through the TExES Registration Bulletin: http://cms.texes-ets.org/registrationbulletin/, especially the section On The Day Of The Test. Watches, cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed inside the testing facilities.

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

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

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 must be a full year regardless of graduation or state exam status and cannot be issued later than 30 days into a semester.

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

  • Be in good standing with the university;
  • Pass the corresponding subject practice test through Certify Teacher with a 285 or better at least twice;
  • For probationary Teacher Certification applicants: 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 5154, EDAD 5354, 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; and
  2. Maintain a 3.0 GPA with the university.
Test Preparation Resources

TExES Test Preparation Resources

Educational Testing Service (ETS) offers a range of test preparation resources (http://cms.texes-ets.org/texes/prepmaterials):

  • 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.
  • 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 and LOTE Spanish.
  • eBooks offer preparation and practice and may be purchased for download from the ETS online store.
  • Other resources available on the ETS website: Tests at a Glance, Strategy and Tips, Developing a Study Plan, Test Familiarization Videos, Tutorials, and Supplemental Guides for the BTLPT Spanish and the LOTE French, Latin, German and Spanish tests.
  • Additionally, test Registration Bulletins provide a variety of testing information regarding test registration, test day requirements (what to bring, testing rules, ID requirements, etc.), test results and score reporting, and test dates.

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:

  • Contact Texas Education Agency at www.tea.state.tx.us , complaints or mail to Correspondence Management, Texas Education Agency, 1701 N. Congress, Austin, TX 78701
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