BALTIMORE & DC
In addition to meeting expectations on Urban Teachers’ evaluative measures, program participants must also meet all state and district criteria for becoming a certified teacher. Participants must take and pass all required state-mandated tests required for an initial certificate and obtain their initial certificate in both their content area and special education by the end of their residency year. Participants must take and pass all state-mandated tests required for a standard certificate and obtain their standard certificate by the end of Program Year 3 (Fellow Year 2). Urban Teachers requires that participants obtain certification in special education, in addition to certification for their content areas. Participants are responsible for obtaining and submitting required forms in a timely manner while pursing certification.
Urban Teachers’ Site Teams will provide specific details to their participants about which tests are required for each certification area and when those tests should be taken.
Participants are responsible for all costs associated with the teaching certification tests, application fees, and required transcripts. Information on registration, fees, and test dates can be found at: www.ets.org.
Texas Examinations of Educator Standards™ (TExES™) & Certification:
All candidates will have passed the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards™ (TExES™) content examination in their content area prior to admission into Urban Teachers. This is known as the Pre-Admissions Content Test (PACT). The specific assessment required varies by program of study, and measures general and subject-specific teaching skills. Candidates must take and pass all required state-mandated examinations required for the initial Probationary Certificate and then for the Standard Certificate.
Even though Urban Teachers will act as liaison with TEA during the certification process, candidates are responsible for obtaining and submitting required forms in a timely manner while pursuing certification. Urban Teachers will provide specific details about which examinations are required for each certification area.
Candidates are responsible for all costs associated with the teaching certification examinations, application fees, and required transcripts. Information on registration, fees, and materials to prepare for testing can be found at http://www.texes.ets.org.
TExES™ 161 Special Education EC-12 Examination:
Urban Teachers requires candidates to obtain certification in special education in addition to certification for their content area. Urban Teachers offers extensive coursework in special education, and candidates develop a deep knowledge of practices and content in special education. All Urban Teachers candidates must take and pass the TExES™ 161 Special Education EC-12 examination in the spring of their first year in the program, before moving on to becoming a teacher of record in Program Year 2 (internship). The one hundred thirty-five (135) multiple choice questions range from grades EC-12. Candidates will have five (5) hours to complete the examination. Results are represented as a score in the range of 100-300, with 240 being the minimum passing score.
The TEA website contains test preparation materials for the TExES™ 161 Special Education EC-12 examination. It is highly recommended that candidates prepare fully for the exam, as candidates are only permitted to take the exam a total of five (5) times. If a candidate fails the examination, a forty-five (45) day waiting period must pass before the candidate may retake the examination. Additionally, the examination fee for each seating is currently $131 and is the responsibility of the candidate.
TExES™ 160 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) EC-12 Examination:
The TExES™ 160 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) EC-12 examination is designed to assess whether a candidate has the requisite knowledge and skills that an entry-level educator in Texas public schools must possess. The one hundred (100) multiple-choice questions range from grades EC-12. Candidates will have five (5) hours to complete the examination. Results are represented as a score in the range of 100-300, with 240 being the minimum passing score.
In order to be approved to take the TExES™ 160 PPR examination, candidates must be approved by Urban Teachers. Candidates will be recommended to take the TExES™ 160 PPR examination beginning in the spring of their residency field-based experiences (Program Year 1). Please note: Candidates must pass the TExES™ 160 PPR examination before they may enter the classroom as teacher of record in Year 2 of the program.
The Urban Teachers Data Certification Officer for the Dallas/Fort Worth Site will be required to enter each approved candidate onto the TEA Accountability System for Educator Preparation (ASEP) before they may register to take the exam. Urban Teachers will require that all of the following criteria be met by a candidate before they can be recommended for testing:
- The candidate must have been accepted as a member of the Urban Teachers program.
- The candidate must be placed in a school for the two-year internship, holding a Probationary Certificate.
- The candidate must not be on academic probation after completing the first three semesters with Urban Teachers.
The TEA website contains test preparation materials for the TExES™ 160 PPR examination. It is highly recommended that candidates prepare fully for the exam, as candidates are only permitted to take the exam a total of five (5) times. If a candidate fails the examination, a forty-five (45) day waiting period must pass before the candidate may retake the examination. Additionally, the examination fee for each seating is currently $131 and is the responsibility of the candidate.
The certification process begins in the Program Year 1, with Urban Teachers serving as liaison between candidates and TEA. At the conclusion of the first semester with Urban Teachers, candidates will identify the certification area aligned with their program of study, in addition to special education. The Dallas/Fort Worth Site Team will provide information mid-year about requirements for each certification area.
Urban Teachers candidates will participate in a two-year internship that will follow the Year 1 residency of field-based experiences and must hold a Probationary Certificate during both of the internship years. Candidates will apply for their first Probationary Certificate prior to entering their internship in Program Year 2. Since the Texas Probationary Certificate is valid for only one year, candidates will apply again in Program Year 3 for another Probationary Certificate for the second year of the internship.
While candidates hold a Probationary Certificate, they will begin working towards the requirements for a Standard Certificate. Urban Teachers will continue to serve as a liaison between program candidates and TEA, regarding state-required tests and graduate school transcripts. These requirements must be completed before the Probationary Certificate expires to ensure a smooth transition between the Probationary Certificate and the Standard Certificate.
During the second semester of Program Year 3 (Semester 6) of the Urban Teachers commitment, the Dallas/Fort Worth City Team will work with candidates to apply for the Standard Certificate, assuming that the candidate is meeting the expectations set forth in this Handbook and the Urban Teachers evaluation system. At that time, candidates will need to request official graduate transcripts that document their degree conferral.