The TExES series exams are designed to determine whether or not a teaching candidate possesses the necessary knowledge and skills to become an entry-level educator in the state of Texas.
The TExES series cover a wide range of educational areas as well as specific topics and grade levels. Rather than focusing on a specific grade level, the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 exam focuses on the responsibilities and teaching methods that are required at any grade level.
The TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 exam is a computer-administered test that consists of 100 multiple-questions. It takes 5 hours to complete the exam. There is also a $131 test registration fee.
The TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 exam consist of four domains:
Domain I: Designing Instruction and Assessment to Promote Student Learning
- The teacher understands human developmental processes and applies this knowledge to plan instruction and ongoing assessment that motivate students and are responsive to their developmental characteristics and needs.
- The teacher understands student diversity and knows how to plan learning experiences and design assessments that are responsive to differences among students and that promote all students’ learning.
- The teacher understands procedures for designing effective and coherent instruction and assessment based on appropriate learning goals and objectives.
- The teacher understands learning processes and factors that impact student learning and demonstrates this knowledge by planning effective, engaging instruction and appropriate assessments.
Domain II: Creating a Positive, Productive Classroom Environment
- The teacher knows how to establish a classroom climate that fosters learning, equity, and excellence and uses this knowledge to create a physical and emotional environment that is safe and productive.
- The teacher understands strategies for creating an organized and productive learning environment and for managing student behavior.
Domain III: Implementing Effective, Responsive Instruction, and Assessment
- The teacher understands and applies principles and strategies for communicating effectively in varied teaching and learning contexts.
- The teacher provides appropriate instruction that actively engages students in the learning process.
- The teacher incorporates the effective use of technology to plan, organize, deliver and evaluate instruction for all students.
- The teacher monitors student performance and achievement; provides students with timely, high-quality feedback’ and responds flexibly to promote learning for all students.
Domain IV: Fulfilling Professional Roles and Responsibilities
- The teacher understands the importance of family involvement in children’s education and knows how to interact and communicate effectively with families.
- The teacher enhances professional knowledge and skills by effectively interacting with other members of the educational community and participating in various types of professional activities.
- The teacher understands and adheres to legal and ethical requirements for educators and is knowledgeable of the structure of education in Texas.
The TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 exam is scored on a scale of 100-300 with 240 being set as the minimum score needed in order to be considered as passing the exam.
TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) EC-12 Practice Questions
1.According to Piaget’s theory of cognitive development, which ability do adolescents develop that they did not have in earlier stages?
a. Abstraction and hypothesis testing
b. Intention and object permanence
c. Conservation and logical thinking
d. Centration and intuitive thinking
2. When children play, they learn and develop concepts through interacting with the environment. What kinds of concepts do they learn through their senses?
a. Serial concepts
b. Spatial concepts
c. Physical concepts
d. Temporal concepts
3. Among speech/language disorders, which category most often includes remediation via surgical procedures?
a. Voice disorders
b. Language disorders
c. Articulation disorders
d. Rate and rhythm disorders
- A: According to Piaget, Sensorimotor infants develop object permanence realizing things still exist even when not perceived) and intentional actions (b) upon realizing their own agency. Young Preoperational children centrate (classify by and focus on one property at a time, e.g., shape/color/size) and think intuitively (d), not logically. In Concrete Operations, elementary-age children newly develop logical thought—if they have concrete objects for reference—and conservation (realizing objects retain the same amount/volume/number/mass/weight despite changes in appearance/arrangement) (c). Adolescents in Piaget’s Formal Operations stage think logically, understand abstract ideas, perform mental operations without concrete support, and systematically test hypotheses (a).
2. C: When they play, children learn physical concepts through their senses of vision, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. They learn serial concepts (a) through counting objects, arranging them in order of size, taking turns, etc. They learn spatial concepts (b) through crawling under, climbing over, and moving around and through furniture, etc. They learn temporal concepts (d) like before and after through steps in play, e.g., first stacking blocks into a tower and then knocking it down.
3. A: Voice disorders include, among others, impaired voice quality secondary to cleft palate, vocal nodules, or vocal polyps, all three of which can be remediated via surgical procedures to repair clefts, strip nodules, or remove polyps. Language disorders (b) are typically remediated by therapeutic, not surgical, treatment. Articulation disorders (c) are most often remediated by therapy. (Some structural defects can impair articulation and be corrected surgically, but these are rarely contrasted with most articulation disorders.) Rate and rhythm disorders (d), i.e., stuttering or cluttering, are also most often remediated with therapy. (A minority of stuttering is caused by nerve damage to the brain and/or vocal cords, which typically cannot be surgically repaired.)