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College of Education

Educator Certification Office

Please let this serve as an urgent notification that the last date to finish all requirements for eligibility using the TExES 068: Principal examination (to include all coursework, completion of internship, master’s degree, and 2 documented years of creditable service as a teacher of record) AND submit an application for the Standard Certificate via your Texas Education Agency Login is August 31, 2019.

Educator Preparation Program- Consumer Information

Program Curriculum- Technology in Teacher Preparation at TAMUK

Certificate Areas Offered at TAMUK

List of Approved Certification Programs

Program information for Superintendent, Principal, School Counselor, Educational Diagnostician, and Reading Specialist preparation programs can be found on the respective programs’ websites (links provided on List of Approved Programs).


Fingerprint and Background Check

Pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §22.083, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to employment as an educator; and Pursuant to the TEC, §22.0835, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to clinical (Student) teaching.

Passing Scores Required Before Student Teaching

Effective Fall 2015, all candidates accepted into the undergraduate traditional educator preparation program will be required to pass the following PRIOR TO student teaching:

  • The content area certification examination for the certificate field sought
  • the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 examination

Candidates who do not pass these required examinations prior to student teaching may (1) re-test until passing scores are achieved, delaying student teaching until eligibility is met, or (2) forfeit eligibility for teacher certification and graduate with a non-certificate based degree plan.  Candidates choosing this option may pursue teacher certification through a post-baccalaureate program or an alternative certification program.

Passing Scores Required Before Internship

Passing scores are required on TExES exams prior to placement in Superintendent or Principal internship courses. For more information, please click here.

Test Attempt Limit

As of September 1, 2015, candidates for all certification areas will be limited to five (5) total attempts on any certification test.

Grounds for Dismissal from the Educator Preparation Program

A candidate may be removed from the Educator Preparation Program in the event he/she demonstrates behavior not consistent with the professional and ethical expectations of an educator in Texas. Dismissal from the program may be based on grounds including but not limited to:

  1. Failure to meet coursework requirements;
  2. Failure to abide by policies and/or procedures established Texas A&M University- Kingsville Educator Preparation Program and/or program requirements established by the State Board for Educator Certification as published in the Texas Administrative Code;
  3. Any action deemed a violation of the Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Texas Educators, and/or;
  4. Any action deemed a violation of the Texas A&M University Student Code of Conduct; and/or,
  5. Any action deemed a violation of school district and/or campus policy during field based experiences or clinical teaching.

Educator Preparation Program Candidate Due Process

Texas A&M University-Kingsville encourages candidates to discuss their concerns and grievances through informal conferences with appropriate staff and/or faculty. Concerns should be expressed as soon as possible to allow early resolution at the lowest possible administrative level. If an informal communication regarding a concern fails to reach the outcome requested by the candidate, he or she may initiate a formal appeal. A formal appeal must be submitted by email to the Center for Educator Preparation Services (CEPS) Office using Appeal Form- Level One. Forms are available in Rhode Hall 117. After the candidate has exhausted all attempts at the program level to resolve a concern that occurred within the past two years and has not received the relief sought, the candidate may file a grievance with the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The official TEA grievance process can be found at in the banner located at the bottom of the page (select “Educator Preparation Programs”).


TExES Exams Eligibility Requirements Checklist

All students enrolled in the Educator Preparation Program are required to complete a series of test preparation activities leading to exam registration approval. Please speak with your program coordinator or contact our office to learn more.

Our staff have worked to develop a recommended timeline designed to help traditional undergraduate teacher candidates complete required activities according to student teaching application deadlines.

Click here to review the timeline. A copy is provided upon admission to the program.

  • Use the #1 student recommended resource: Click here to view the list of comprehensive study guides guaranteed to prepare a student for certification exams

Preliminary Evaluation of Teacher Eligibility

Per HB 1508 effective September 1, 2017, all applicants to teacher preparation should be aware of the following:

An individual who has been convicted of an offense may be ineligible for issuance of an occupational license upon completion of an educational program. A person may request a criminal history evaluation letter regarding the personal eligibility for a license issued by the licensing authority.

To request a preliminary evaluation of teacher certificate eligibility, please review additional information and application instructions here.


Texas A&M University-Kingsville is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The educator preparation program is fully accredited by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), based on the combined performance of all our candidates on the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES).

Approved educator preparation programs (EPPs) annually provide the Texas Education Agency and State Board for Educator Certification information about their programs as mandated in Texas Education Code Section 21.0452. Texas A&M-Kingsville has received accredited status from SBEC for each year that the Texas system has been in effect.

Consumer Information- Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Consumer Information- Texas A&M University-Kingsville

2016-2017 Accountability System for Educator Preparation Annual Report- TAMUK

Educator Resources

Supply and Demand-Educator Workforce

TEA Statewide Search           

Region 2 ESC                      

Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS)

The Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) focuses on providing continuous, timely and formative feedback to educators so they can improve their practice.

Chapter 149: Commissioner’s Rules Concerning Educator Standards

Chapter 247: Educator’s Code of Ethics

Contact Information

Daniella Varela, Ed.D., Certification Coordinator III                                 
Certification Officer                                         
Rhode Hall 112D                                                
Phone: 361-593-2894                                         

Donna I. Deleon
Administrative Associate IV
Rhode Hall 112
Phone: 361-593-4172