Bilingual/ESL Certifications

TeXes - Texas Educator Certification

(Texas Examination of Educator Standards)

Find the most up to date registration, dates, and testing information @http://www.texes.ets.org/texes/classroomcertificatetests/

Update of ESL Certifications:


Texas issues several English as a Second Language (ESL) certificates. 

  • The English as a Second Language Generalist EC-4 certificate (TExES exam #104) will qualify you to teach all regular subjects (art, music, PE, health, English language arts and reading, mathematics, science, social studies, and technology applications) in pre-kindergarten through grade 4 to general education and ESL/English Language Learner (ELL) students. This certificate is slated for elimination in fall 2011.
  • The English as a Second Language Generalist EC-6 certificate (TExES exam #193) will qualify you to teach all regular subjects (art, music, PE, health, English language arts and reading, mathematics, science, social studies, and technology applications) in pre-kindergarten through grade 6 to general education and ESL/ELL students. This certificate replaces the English as a Second Language Generalist EC-4 certificate in fall 2011.
  • The English as a Second Language Generalist 4-8 certificate (TExES exam #120) will qualify you teach English language arts and reading, math, social studies and science in grades 4 through 8 to general education and ESL/ELL students.
  • The English as a Second Language Supplemental certificate (TExES exam #154) will qualify you to teach ESL/ELL students at the grade level and in the subject areas of your classroom teaching certificates. 

Texas no longer issues an all-level ESL certificate.

If you have further questions, please contact the SBEC directly at 512-936-8400.

Educator Certification Information

(State Board of Educator Certification - SBEC online)

Find the most up to date certification information at SBEC online under Certification Information @

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=5830&menu_id=865&menu_id2=794