The TExES Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Exam is a certification examination that is designed to determine whether or not an individual possesses the skills and knowledge necessary to teach students that are deaf or hard-of-hearing in the Texas public school system. This exam assesses the individual’s knowledge of the needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing students, methods of communication that can be used to teach students that are deaf or hard-of-hearing, and teaching methods that can be used to effectively teach deaf and hard-of-hearing students English language arts, reading, and a variety of other subjects. This exam is required in order for an individual to become certified to teach courses for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in the state of Texas. The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions that are related to the following areas:
- Understanding Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing (Approximately 27 questions)
- Promoting Student Learning and Development (Approximately 33 questions)
- Promoting Achievement in English Language Arts and Reading (Approximately 20 questions)
- Understanding the Professional Environment (Approximately 20 questions)
The exam-taker will have five hours to complete the exam and the exam will be scored on a scale of 100 – 300 with 240 set as the minimum score considered as passing for the exam. The Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Exam is taken on a computer and the registration fee for the exam is $131. However, there may be other exams and fees that are required in addition to this exam in order to become certified as a teacher for deaf and hard-of-hearing students within the state of Texas.