TEA is reminding those seeking elementary-level certificates that after Dec. 31, 2020, candidates must also pass the Science of Teaching Reading exam to earn certification.
With passage of House Bill 3, the 86th Legislature established a mandate that all teachers pursuing certification in grades prekindergarten through 6 demonstrate their proficiency in the science of teaching reading on a new standalone certification exam beginning Jan. 1, 2021. The new requirement applies to the following certificates:
This requirement applies to:
Teachers who are currently standard certified in Core Subjects: EC-6, Core Subjects: 4-8, English Language Arts and Reading: 4-8, or English Language Arts and Social Studies: 4-8 will not be required to pass the STR exam for renewal of their certificate. The STR exam requirement only impacts candidates seeking certification after Jan. 1, 2021.
Teacher candidates who complete educator preparation programs in Fall 2020 will need to take the following steps to ensure that their standard certificate is issued before the Dec. 31, 2020, deadline:
*Note: Teacher candidates should actively communicate with their EPP to notify them that they have applied for their standard certification to ensure that they obtain the necessary EPP recommendation.
For more information on the Science of Teaching Reading exam requirements, click here.