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Special Education Certification in Texas

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
To be certified to teach special education in Texas, you must meet certain teaching prerequisites. Read on to learn about special education certification requirements and resources available to help you earn your certification.

Requirements for Texas Special Education Certification

In Texas, educators have to pass the TExES special education exam in order to be certified to teach special education. Along with passing that exam, teachers must meet the state's basic requirements to teach, which include holding a bachelor's degree from an accredited program, completing an approved teacher preparation program or meeting alternative preparation requirements, submitting a state application, and passing a background check.

About the TExES Special Education Certification Exam

The TExES special education certification exam is a five-hour computer-administered test that must be taken at an official test center. The exam includes 150 questions, all of which are in a multiple-choice format. The exam measures entry-level special education teaching skills and knowledge in four key areas and is broken down as follows:

Skills and Knowledge Area Percentage of the Exam
Promoting student achievement in English language arts, reading, and math 33%
Promoting student learning and development 33%
Foundations and professional roles and responsibilities 20%
Understanding individuals with disabilities and evaluating their needs 13%

The scoring range for the TExES special education certification test is 100 to 300, and you must earn a score of at least 240 in order to pass.

Resources to Help You Earn Special Education Certification

If you are preparing to take the TExES special education certification test, you'll want to, first, download the official preparation manual from the TExES website. This manual provides detailed information about the content of the test, a study plan outline, sample questions, and a list of books and publications that may help you prepare.

Online Prep Courses and Lessons

If you, like many educators, have multiple responsibilities to juggle, online prep resources are convenient tools to help you prepare to earn your special education certification. Study.com offers a variety of self-paced courses and lessons to help you master the content of the TExES special education exam, and to assist you in mastering the test-taking strategies you'll need to pass the test. All are available online 24/7, from a smartphone, computer, or tablet.

Content Knowledge Study Resources

Study.com's library of special education resources covers all the topics included within the four content areas of the TExES special education certification exam. Courses and lessons are delivered by text or video, include practice quizzes, and are created by educators who specialize in the field. See, for example, courses in:

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Study and Test-Taking Resources

To make sure you make the best use of your prep time and have mastered the requisite TExES test-taking strategies, check out these quick lessons on:

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