TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 is used in the state of Texas to ensure entry-level educators are qualified to serve in this capacity. This computer-administered exam includes 100 selected-response questions. The total time for your appointment will be five hours. This is 15 minutes for the tutorial and 4 hours and 45 minutes for testing.
Alternative testing arrangements are available for examinees with disabilities covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, those with health-related needs, and examinees who are nursing.
Some of these accommodations require prior-approval, while others do not. For example, if you require additional testing time, this request must be made prior to test day, and must be accompanied by legal documentation that backs up the need for it. Visual enhancement features and comfort aids such as eye drops, inhaler, and wheelchair do not require prior approval.
What are the domains and competencies covered on the exam?
The four domains assessed are:
- Designing Instruction and Assessment to Promote Student Learning
- Creating a Positive, Productive Classroom Environment
- Implementing Effective, Responsive Instruction and Assessment
- Fulfilling Professional Roles and Responsibilities
Designing Instruction and Assessment to Promote Student Learning – 34%
Competency 001: Knowledge of human developmental processes, and using these to instruct and assess students in a way that is individualized.
Competency 002: Knowledge of diversity and how to create and implement learning exercises that take into account the differences of the students.
Competency 003: Knowledge of developing instruction and assessment based on goals and objectives.
Competency 004: Knowledge of how instruction and assessments affect students, and developing instruction and assessment with that in mind.
Creating a Positive, Productive Classroom Environment – 13%
Competency 005: Knowledge of creating a classroom that is safe and conducive to learning.
Competency 006: Knowledge of how the learning environment also helps to control students’ behavior.
Implementing Effective, Responsive Instruction and Assessment – 33%
Competency 007: Knowledge of effective communication in various settings.
Competency 008: Knowledge of implementing instruction in a manner that engages students.
Competency 009: Knowledge of how utilizing technology helps with the effectiveness of instruction.
Competency 010: Knowledge of observing student performance, and discerning how and when to provide feedback, as well as making necessary changes to foster learning.
Fulfilling Professional Roles and Responsibilities – 20%
Competency 011: Knowledge of how the family’s involvement in the student’s learning positively impacts it, as well as being familiar with how to communicate with the family, to further support this.
Competency 012: Knowledge of the importance of self-professional development.
Competency 013: Knowledge of upholding ethical and legal requirements implemented by the state of Texas.
How do I register for the exam?
Online registration is available 24/7. You must pay using a VISA or MasterCard only. Cash and checks will not be accepted. Once registration is complete, a 170-day testing window will be opened to you. This means your test date must be within the window.
What is the cost of the exam?
The cost of TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 is $116.
What are the testing dates and locations?
TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 is offered throughout the year, at various sites in Texas, and select locations in other states within the U.S.
What should I do the day of the exam?
Get to the testing site at least 15 minutes early. This will afford you the time you need to check-in. Note that arriving late could prevent you from being able to take the exam. Additionally, you will not receive a refund of your exam fee.
Be sure to bring two forms of identification with you. The first one should include your name, signature, and photo (e.g. passport, driver’s license, military identification card). The second form of identification must include your name and photo or your name and signature.
This is not a complete list, but some of the items you are prohibited from bringing into the testing area are a cell phone, books, and study papers. Prior to test day, contact the testing center if you have questions about other prohibited items.
You are allowed to take restroom breaks during the exam, but the testing clock will not stop, which means you will have less time to complete the exam.
What happens after I take the exam?
Your score report will be available to you in about a week of you taking the exam.
What is the minimum passing score of this exam?
What happens if I don’t pass the exam?
After the 45-day waiting period, you are allowed to re-take the exam. You are given a total of five times to take the exam. If you do not pass after the fifth attempt, the Texas Education Agency must approve a limit waiver in order for you to take it again.
How Can I Prepare for the TExES PPR Exam?
That’s a great question. We’ve broken down the answer into three parts.
- Do yourself a favor and study. Do not walk in unprepared. We have recommended prep materials below, but that only helps if you actually try. Plus, studying is actually proven to be the best antidote to test anxiety.
- Take care of yourself. Make sure you’re eating well, exercising, and sleeping. All of these things are scientifically linked to brain performance. If you take care of your body, you’ll be helping your grades.
- Get a study guide or set of flashcards. Some people study better a certain way. Find your study strengths and make the most of them. We’ve tried to make it easy for you by tracking down the best study guide and flashcard set for your exam. Below you’ll see links to both!