Texas Education Agency Information

In order to teach in the state of Texas, all students must pass the required TExES exams. Students may take the exam a total of five times. If the student does not pass after five tries, then the candidate must complete a waiver through the Texas Education Agency to take the exam again.

 What is the Texas Education Agency?

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is the state agency overseeing primary and secondary public education. TEA administers state and federal funding to public schools, manages the Texas assessment and accountability system, supports the State Board of Education and monitors for state and federal guideline compliance, among other functions. TEA is located in the William B. Travis building at 1701 N. Congress Ave. in Austin. View TCU College of Education TEA Accreditation Letter


Educator Appraisal Systems

Texas teachers are evaluated using T-TESS (Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System). Teacher effectiveness is based on: a) observation, b) teacher self-assessment, and c) student growth. Clinical Teaching classroom observations are based on the standards and skills addressed in the T-TESS. Texas Education Agency T-TESS information:


Education majors spend extensive time in the schools and agencies gaining real world experience. By graduation, students spend an average of 500 hours in diverse educational settings. Students have a consistent 98% pass rate on the Texas Teaching Certification Exam.

View TEA data dashboards and sort by Educator Preparation Program (EPP) to view data for TCU program completers.

TEA Data Dashboards

Teacher Demand

The approved state-level shortage areas for the 2018-2019 school year are:

  • Bilingual/English as a Second Language – Elementary and Secondary Levels
  • Special Education – Elementary and Secondary Levels
  • Career and Technical Education – Secondary Levels (including Technology Applications and Computer Science)
  • Mathematics – Secondary Levels

Visit the TEA website to learn more.

Testing and Certification Resources

Texas Educators Code of Ethics

Complaint Process

TEA Help Desk

TEA Login

Military Community (Fee Exemption)

Certification Testing-Pearson

EPP Technology Integration

TEA Consumer Information about EPP

Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL)-ETS

PASL-Candidate and Educator Handbook