AAFCS Exam Registration and Certification Information

 AAFCS Exam Approval Code | Exam Preparation | PPR EC-12 Exam | AAFCS Certification

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Students pursuing any certification through the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (Family and Consumer Science, Hospitality, Nutrition and Food Science, or Human Development and Family Studies) must register for their content exam through the AAFCS website using a code provided by UNT whenever the student is ready and eligible to test. Eligibility requirements are determined by the following: 1.) students must be admitted to Teacher Education, 2.) students must have a certification plan on file with the COE Student Advising Office, and 3.) students must maintain current enrollment, or have graduated/completed all program requirements.

How to get your Approval Code and Register for Your Exam

To request your Approval Code you will need to complete our AAFCS Exam Application and return it via email to COE-TAO@UNT.EDU or via fax to 940-565-2921 (ATTN: TAO). You may also drop your form by Matthews Hall, Room 119F.

The TExES Advising Office will process your request within 10 business days, respond via email with your AAFCS Approval Code, and will include step-by-step instructions on how to register for your FCS exam.  All AAFCS Approval Codes are one-time use only.  Students must obtain a new code for each AAFCS registration. Students are only elgible for the exam related to their certification. Registering for an exam outside of your program will result in a delay of your certification.

Information on requesting Alternative Testing Arrangments can be found on page 10 and 11 of the Texas Candidate Information Bulletin.

Please contact the TAO should you have any questions regarding testing.  You can also find more information concerning your exam and certification, as well as view the registration bulletin, by visiting AAFCS.org.

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Preparing for your AAFCS Certification Exam

Resources for the AAFCS exams are limited, so be sure to talk to your faculty for recommendations on the best materials available to help you study for your exam. By reviewing the AAFCS Study Guide, you can familiarize yourself with the exam specifications and material you might be tested on, and test your knowledge on the available sample questions.

The Family and Consumer Sciences Credentialing Center has also put together a list of references to help supplement a candidate's education and help prepare them for the exam.  You can also find online curriculum available for purchase that may help you prepare for the exam from CCFCS.

You may also check out books published by Mometrix from the TExES Advising Office, or chose to purchase your own materials from various sources.  Please be aware that the AAFCS does not endorse any materials or resources published by outside companies.

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Preparing for your TEXES PPR EC-12 Exam

AAFCS certification students are required to take the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 (160) exam in addition to their content exam in order to be certified in the state of Texas. Students may take a practice exam and check out materials from the TExES Advising Office to prepare for the PPR EC-12 exam. Click here to view our practice exam dates and register for the current practice exam session. You can also view our Exam Resources page to find other suggested materials to study for the PPR EC-12 exam.

When you were admitted to the Teacher Education program, you should have been instructed to create an Educator/TEAL account with the Teacher Education Agency (TEA). If you did not create your account, UNT created the account for you, and TEA sent you an email containing a username and password for the TEAL system so that you could log into your account in order to access your Educator Profile. You will need to locate the information contained in the emails before you can start the process of registering for your exams. Follow our TEAL Educator Account Access guide for information on how to retrieve your username and password for TEAL and set up your educator profile with the Texas Education Agency. In order to register for your TExES PPR EC-12 certification exam, you'll want to follow the TExES Exam Registration guide to create your testing account, and learn how to register for and schedule your exam.  You do not need an approval code for the PPR EC-12 exam, as access is granted to you upon admission to the Teacher Education program. 

Information on requesting Alternative Testing Arrangments for the TExES exams can be found on the Pearson Website

For more information about how to register for your PPR EC-12, please visit our Registering for TExES Exams page.  

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Achieving your Professional Certification

After you have passed your AAFCS content exam and your TExES pedagogy exam, you will receive notification from AAFCS on how to become a member of their organization. This is not the same as receiving your Texas teaching certificate. After you graduate or have completed your program, and your degree and grades have been posted to your official UNT transcript, you will be eligible for certification. You will apply for certification through the TEAL system on the Texas Education Agency website. Visit our Educator Certification page for more information and a step-by-step guide on how to apply.  Please familiarize yourself will all certification requirements on the AAFCS website prior to graduation. All questions regarding credentialing and membership through the AAFCS should be directed to the AAFCS Credentialing Center.

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