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Certification

In order to become a certified teacher, preservice teachers (enrolled in MTS) must pass the TExES Content Exam for the content area in which they wish to teach, as well as the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) test for the grade level they wish to teach.

It is strongly suggested that you purchase a study guide and access these online resources during your preparation.

Getting Certified to Teach: A Checklist for tH Students Currently Enrolled in MTS

  1. SIGN UP FOR THE CERTIFY TEACHER PREPARATION COURSE USING YOUR UH EMAIL
    (25$ for each course Use Promo Code: COUGARS4728) prior to your practice exam: www.certifyteacher.com (Click on link or copy and paste in web browser)
  2. TAKE THE PPR AND CONTENT CERTIFY TEACHER EXAMS
    1. Sign up for your exam(s) with this link
  3. IN ORDER TO BE APPROVED TO TAKE YOUR EXAMS, YOU MUST DO THE FOLLOWING:
    1. If you scored a 240 or above on your diagnostic exam:
      1. You must still show proof of completing the domains (quizzes) for each section under an 80% (email this to myteachHouston@gmail.com)
    2. If you score below a 240 on your diagnostic exam:
      1. You must complete the domains (quizzes) assigned to you by certify teacher
      2. You must also re-take the exam (you may sign up with this link)
    3. You must pass both PPR and Content Diagnostic exam prior to the conclusion of your MTS course
  4. CREATE A TEAL ACCOUNT WITH THE STATE OF TEXAS (ECOS)
    1. Go to pryor.tea.state.tx.us and create a username and password
    2. You are an "Educator" from a "University-based" program
    3. Please remember to enter your official information
    4. Be sure to record your TEA ID!
    5. Fill out this form
  5. REGISTER FOR THE STATE EXAMS WITH Pearson
    1. Create an account with Pearson, the testing company associated with state certification: www.tx.nesinc.com
    2. Sign up for a test time and date and take the exam
    3. Once you pass your exam, report your score to your instructor(s) and to this email: myteachHouston@gmail.com
  6. APPLY FOR STATE CERTIFICATION
    1. After passing both exams, you may apply for your official state certification at pryor.tea.state.tx.us
    2. Go to the Main Menu and look for the tabs on the left side of the screen
    3. Under the Applications tab, select Standard Texas Certificate Program
    4. Click on Apply for Certification
    5. Select the University of Houston (University-based) and click on 'Apply' after entering your information. Be sure you chose the correct campus otherwise your application will be delayed
    6. Payment: There is a $77.00 application fee and a $42.25 fingerprinting fee. Payment is required in order for your certification to be processed