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1 Certification Information for Methods Students

2 CEHD Content Testing Policy The College of Education has approved a policy whereby all students completing their last semester of coursework prior to student teaching MUST attempt their content exams during this semester in order to be admitted to student teaching. If you do not attempt your content exam(s), you will not be admitted to student teaching. If you attempt your content exam(s), and do not successfully complete an exam, this will NOT prevent you from being admitted to student teaching. During your student teaching semester, you will be required to attempt your Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) examination.

3 How do I register for my Content Exams? Go to mycehd.tamu.edumycehd.tamu.edu Click on Academic Services → Certification Under Certification, click on Methods Block Students

4 How do I register for my Content Exams? 1. Complete the Content Exam Information Form – the information used on this form will be used to upload your information to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and begins the process of creating your Educator Profile with TEA. Please allow at least 24 hours for the Certification Office to upload your information to the TEA website. (If you submit the form between 5 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Monday, your information will not be uploaded until Monday afternoon)Content Exam Information Form

5 How do I register for my Content Exams? 2. After waiting at least 24 hours for your information to upload, create a TEAL account and apply for access to the ECOS for Educators application.create a TEAL account 3. Follow the instructions to create your user account on the ETS website (testing website)instructions 4. Follow the instructions to register for your content certification exam(s)instructions

6 What Content Certification Exams will I receive approval for? You will only receive approval for content exams coinciding with your degree program Content AreaCertification Exams Available Generalist EC-6Generalist EC-6 ESL Supplemental Mathematics/Science 4-8Mathematics Science 4-8 Generalist EC-6 (for NCLB purposes) ESL Supplemental (if eligible) English, Language Arts, Reading/Social Studies 4-8English, Language Arts, Reading/Social Studies 4-8 ESL Supplemental Generalist EC-6 (for NCLB purposes) Bilingual Generalist EC-6 Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) Secondary Content AreasMathematics 8-12 Social Studies 8-12 Science 8-12, etc.

7 What dates are available for me to test? You can visit the ETS website, to find more information regarding test dates.http://texes.ets.org/testdates/ Computer-Administered Tests (CAT) are available on a regular basis throughout the week. Some exams are available as Limited-Administration CAT exams (Math/Science 4-8, ELAR/Social Studies 4-8, BTLPT, etc.), which are only available during scheduled testing windows. Paper-Based Tests (PBT) are only available on scheduled testing dates and have registration deadlines tied to registration. You can view how your specific exam is administered by going to the Test Dates website and clicking on the “Texas Educator Certification Program Tests” link.

8 General Information Test Fee - $120/test 45-day wait window Multiple testing sites available Score Reporting

9 Exam Preparation Resources Certification → Methods FAQ – Tests at a Glance - This new test preparation resource gives you a quick overview of the test and includes: Test name Test code Length of test Number and types of questions Format (CAT, PBT or both) Domains and approximate percentage of the test Domains and competencies – Free Test Preparation Materials on ETS website – T-CERT website – provides free exam preparation materials from content specialists for TExES exams Registration Bulletin available on Methods FAQ website

10 Generalist EC-6 Exam and No Child Left Behind Requirements The U.S. Department of Education recently issued a “reinterpretation” of the “highly qualified” provisions for certain elementary (defined in Texas as EC-6 teachers new to the profession after ) that requires those holding subject-specific certification, or Special Education EC-12 certification, to take and pass an additional Generalist certification exam in order to be “highly qualified”. Affected teachers include those holding certification in Math/Science 4-8, ELAR/Social Studies 4-8, ELAR 4-8 and Special Education EC-12. According to TEA, passing the TExES Generalist EC-6 will meet this requirement. Although we have received special permission to give you approval for the Generalist EC-6 exam, we are unable to recommend you for the Generalist EC-6 certificate at the same time that you receive your Middle Grades certificate(s). This is not allowed because the EC-6 content is not covered by your Middle Grades degree program.

11 Generalist EC-6 Update New Core Subjects EC-6 (#291) exam will be offered beginning January 2015 Current Generalist EC-6 (#191) exam will no longer be available after August 31, 2015 Students completing the Generalist EC-6 exam prior to August 31, 2015, will have until August 31, 2017 to complete ALL certification requirements. Students completing Generalist EC-6 exam prior to August 31, 2015, will have until October 31, 2017, to be recommended for teaching certification At this time it is recommended that students take the Generalist EC-6 (#191) exam.

12 Generalist EC-6 Updates Each section will have a time limit There will be 267 questions in 5 domains Social studies Mathematics Fine Arts, Music, P.E., etc. Science English, Language Arts, Reading/Science of Reading Students must have a passing score on each section of exam in order to receive an overall passing score.

13 Generalist EC-6 Update Content Area Percentage of Exam/Test Questions Time Limit Social Studies15%35 minutes Mathematics17%1 hour Fine Arts, Music, P.E., etc. 20%40 minutes Science20%40 minutes English, Language Arts, Reading 28%1 hour, 45 minutes

14 Contact Info Misti Corn 208 Heaton Hall


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