This article appeared in the 2017 summer issue of The Classroom Teacher.

Ten certification examinations will no longer be offered as of Sept. 1, 2017, according to the Texas Education Agency.

TEA periodically replaces current certificates with ones in which the standards have been updated. TEA does this via a phase-out period to give educators currently pursuing certificates that are scheduled to be eliminated enough time to acquire the certificate before TEA stops issuing the certificate. Even though these certificates will not be issued after Aug. 31, 2017, they are still maintained by TEA as valid certificates for the same teaching assignments. Teachers currently holding them can continue to teach in those assignments and are not affected by this change.

Per the TEA notice, educators who intend to add one of the certificates scheduled for elimination via certification by exam must log in and apply to add it by Oct. 30, 2017, through the Educator Certification Online System. If you do not apply by the deadline, the new test will be required. For more information about certification requirements, click here to visit TEA's certification page.

Educator candidates enrolled in an educator preparation program who are pursuing a certificate scheduled for elimination must complete all requirements by Aug. 31, 2017, apply, and be recommended by their educator preparation program by Oct. 30, 2017. If you have questions about these deadlines you must contact your EPP for information. If you do not qualify by the deadlines, at a minimum, the new test will be required.

TEA's Required Certification Tests chart provides information about tests required to obtain specific certificates, including deadlines.  

Generalist certificates and exams being eliminated Sept. 1, 2017:

  • Generalist EC-6 (TExES 191)
  • Bilingual-Generalist EC-6 (TExES 192)
  • English as a Second Language-Generalist EC-6 (TExES 193)
  • Generalist 4-8 (TExES 111)
  • Bilingual-Generalist 4-8 (TExES 119)
  • English as a Second Language-Generalist 4-8 (TExES 120)

Career and Technical Education certificates and exams being eliminated Sept. 1, 2017:

  • Agricultural Science and Technology: Grades 6-12 (TExES 172)
  • Business Education: Grades 6-12 (TExES 176)
  • Health Science Technology: Grades 8-12 (TExES 173)
  • Marketing Education: Grades 8-12 (TExES 175)

For more information about certification requirements, click here to visit TEA's website.