Office of Educator Preparation and Accountability


Educator Preparation Program

UTRGV offers a rigorous university-based teacher certification curriculum developed to produce exemplary teacher leaders for the Rio Grande Valley, the nation and beyond.

In coordination with undergraduate academic programs, field experiences and clinical teaching leading to teacher certification are planned and delivered through the Office of Educator Preparation and Accountability.  The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) have approved the content and procedures of these curricula. Students pursuing degrees with teacher certification are encouraged to initiate and maintain contact with the Office of Educator Preparation and Accountability in order to stay informed of certification changes, updates and requirements.


Test Approval Process

All teacher candidates must pass certain state certification exams to be a teacher in the state of Texas.  Test preparation will help candidates pass the exams with less stress and expense.  The educator preparation program has designed several supports for your test preparation; in order to ensure that every student is prepared to take their exams, approval for each exam will be granted once candidates have completed the test preparation listed below. 

Please note:  Candidates must register and schedule a test date within 30 days of test approval. 

Test Request Form

Attempt

EC-12 PPR (160)

EC-6 Core Subjects (291)

Content & Specialization Exams

1st

Complete Certify Teacher practice exam with 80% in each domain

Complete Certify Teacher practice exam with 80% in each area

Document attendance at required workshops

Obtain approval from your department/program to upload via TK20

2nd

Complete educational activities assigned by your program coordinator as needed

Complete Certify Teacher practice exam with 85% in each area that still needs to be passed

Document attendance at required workshops (for a list of workshops, please call OEPA (956) 665-7952 or (956) 882-5706)

Document completion of personalized supports on the areas that are pending a passing score (for more information, please call OEPA (956) 665-7952 or (956) 882-5706)

Complete Representative Exam

Obtain approval from your department/program to upload via TK20

3rd–5th

Complete educational activities assigned by your program coordinator or department chair

Complete educational activities assigned by your program coordinator or department chair

Obtain approval from your department/program to upload via TK20

This process applies to candidates (students) that are planning on completing clinical teaching in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 only.

Submit a test request for Certification Exam.

Office of Educator Preparation and Accountability
Edinburg (956) 665-7952
Brownsville (956) 882-4139
oepa@utrgv.edu