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A Teacher Instructing StudentsEveryone seeking teacher certification in Texas must take and pass at least two certification exams, one in Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) and one in the content field and level in which certification is sought (i.e. 8-12 Math, 4-8 Science, etc.). TWU’s M.A.T. program is designed to prepare our students to successfully pass their certification exams. These tests are called the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards, or TExES exams.

Typically, M.A.T. students should take their content TExES during their first semester in the program. The student's results on the test will guide the advisor in determining the classes, and how many hours, the student will need to take in his/her specialization area. The PPR test is usually taken later in the student’s program. TWU does have practice tests students take to determine if they are ready to take the actual exam. The following requirements also pertain to certification testing for M.A.T. students:

  • Attempting all state mandated exams associated with the degree sought is required before a student can student teach. These include the TExES Content exam, the TExES PPR exam, and any supplemental exams required for the degree (examples: SPED Supplemental, ESL Supplemental, etc).
  • Both the actual PPR TExES and the actual content TExES must be successfully passed before a student can be recommended for certification by TWU.

TWU provides some workshops on preparing for the TExES exams. Contact the Office of Student Support Services regarding workshops as well as other information on TExES guidelines, policies and procedures.

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