Certifications that Require More than One Content Exam

There are a number of educator certifications that require more than one content certification examination in order for an individual to become certified in the state of Texas. Some of the exams that must be taken with another TExES content certification examination or another exam other than a TExES exam includes the following:

  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Bilingual Education Supplemental
  • Braille
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Gifted and Talented Supplemental
  • Special Education EC – 12
  • Special Education Supplemental
  • Visually Impaired

In order for an individual to become certified to teach American Sign Language in the Texas public school system, the individual must pass the TExES American Sign Language Exam and the Texas Assessment of Sign Communication – American Sign Language (TASC – ASL) Exam. In order for an individual to become certified to teach in a bilingual education program, the individual must pass a Bilingual Generalist Exam and a Texas Oral Proficiency Test (TOPT) for the language the individual will be teaching in or the Bilingual Education Supplemental Exam, a Generalist Exam, and a Texas Oral Proficiency Test for the appropriate language. An individual that is pursuing certification to teach visually impaired students must take and pass the TExES Braille Exam and the TExES Visually Impaired Exam in addition to the content certification exam for the specific subject area that the individual will be teaching. An individual that is pursuing certification to teach deaf and hard of hearing students must take and pass the TExES Deaf and Hard of Hearing Exam and the Texas Assessment of Sign Communication (TASC) in addition to the content certification exam for the specific subject area that the individual will be teaching. Individuals that are pursuing careers teaching gifted students will have to take the Gifted and Talented Supplemental Exam and a content certification exam for the specific subject area that the individual will be teaching. Individuals that are pursuing a career teaching students with special needs will have to take the Special Education EC – 12 Exam or the Special Education Supplemental Exam and the Generalist Exam for the appropriate grade level. All of these exams must be passed in addition to the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Exam that corresponds to the grade level that the individual will be teaching.

Teacher Certification Options by State