Testing and Certification
Courses have carefully been selected and crafted to meet the educational needs of students, as well as the requirements of the Texas Educational Agency and the State Board of Education. All students must pass the EC-12 Pedagogy Certification exam along with their content related exam(s).
For information about certification, see the Clinical Teaching Handbook. To be sure that they are meeting the requirements for graduation and certification, students should meet with Heather Doyle the semester before clinical teaching.
There is a 5-time limit on taking any single certification exam under Texas Education Code. 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.
As of March 15, 2017, the Texas Education Agency Board requires the implementation of an Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs (ASEP) technology fee, as required by 19 TAC 229.9(7). This fee is required for each candidate seeking certification; the candidate must pay a fee of $35 per year. The fee will appear on your TCU student account.
A person who is enrolled or planning to enroll in a SBEC educator preparation program, or planning to take a certification exam may request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter regarding the person’s potential ineligibility for certification due to a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense (TAC §227.101c).
Levels of Certification
Teacher candidates who wish to teach in an accredited institution must be certified. To obtain certification, candidates must complete the defined course work, pass the required state exams for certification, meet all requirements of the TCU College of Education preparation program and have a TCU conferred degree.
- Early Childhood Education (EC-6)
- Middle School Education (4-8)
- Secondary Education (7-12)
- All Level Certification
All-level certification is available for those who wish to teach:
- Physical Education
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Generally speaking, students follow the same sequence of courses as secondary education students. All-level certification students complete a clinical teaching experience that includes elementary and secondary schools.