Dr. Roy Hurst, Ph.D.
Interim Dean of the College of Education
Professor of Education; Certification Officer
Dr. Hurst teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in science education and professional education. His research interests include active learning environments, classroom applications of the Internet, and teacher self-efficacy. His research has been published in The Journal of Research in Science Teaching, The Science Teacher, and Teacher Education and Practice.
The UTPB College of Education proudly achieved reaffirmation of its accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in October 2013. We are one of only two universities within The University of Texas System who currently have this distinction. The following “Conceptual Framework” outlines the vision, mission, and anticipated learning outcomes for the candidates in our initial and advanced programs. Please visit the NCATE (now CAEP) web site at www.caepnet.org for more information.
The vision of the College of Education is a community of lifelong learners who actively reflect on the impact of their values, attitudes, beliefs, and practices.
The mission of the College of Education is to prepare pre-service and professional educators who are proactive in nurturing the lifelong development of all learners. This mission will be accomplished by:
- Facilitating the acquisition of necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions;
- Cultivating the value of diversity;
- Encouraging collaborative inquiry, innovation, and research;
- Promoting collegiality and service in schools and communities;
- Integrating technology into practice;
- Providing opportunities for professional growth; and
- Influencing educational practices and policies at the local, state, and national level.
The learning outcomes expected are that teacher candidates will:
- Demonstrate content knowledge in their respective content area
- Use appropriate processes and teaching practices
- Apply knowledge about child and adolescent development
- Incorporate knowledge of diversity in planning and delivering instruction
- Incorporate technology in planning and delivering instruction
- Plan for and assess students’ learning
- Create an appropriate learning environment
- Communicate and collaborate with all stakeholders
- Engage in professional growth.
As part of its teacher certification program, the College of Education emphasizes experiential learning through field-based applications in which students spend a significant amount of time in public school classroom settings applying acquired knowledge to a variety of learning situations. Candidates for certification must actively demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions contained in the learning outcomes through assessment strategies such as portfolios, reflective journals, and other performance-based assessment strategies.
Undergraduate Certification while earning a BA or BS Degree
Undergraduates seeking teacher certification earn their bachelor’s degree in an approved area while completing the requirements for certification. Students typically complete an academic major and supporting minor, and should consult with faculty members in those disciplines for help in planning a program.
Individuals already holding a bachelor’s degree and desiring to become certified to teach may be eligible to enroll in the post-bachelors certification program. Information about the post-bachelors program is available on the College of Education’s web site and from the Certification Office.
Requirements for Certification
Persons entering the program under this catalog who intend to receive traditional teacher certification through The University of Texas of the Permian Basin must meet the following requirements:
- Complete the Professional Foundations requirements.
- Apply and be admitted to the Teacher Preparation Program.
- Complete specific course work in the teaching field with a GPA of 2.75 or higher.
- Complete all course work used to satisfy certification requirements with no grade below a “C”.
- Successfully complete student teaching or teaching internship requirements.
- Pass state examinations of pedagogy and teaching specializations. Students seeking to take such examinations must, prior to issuance of approval, meet university guidelines for eligibility.
- Complete a bachelor’s degree in an approved area. The overall GPA must meet Texas Education Agency standards in effect at the time of a candidate’s admission to the preparation program.
Candidates for certification must be free of felony or misdemeanor convictions for any crime directly related to the duties and responsibilities of the teaching profession. A candidate with a conviction must consult the Certification Officer regarding his or her eligibility to enter or continue in the teacher preparation program.
Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program
Undergraduate students apply for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program during the term in which the final Professional Foundations course is being completed. Those who have not been admitted cannot take professional education courses beyond the core. The following documentation is required of applicants under this catalog:
- Satisfactory scores on reading, writing, and math tests, either the THEA or an approved TSI alternative:
- THEA (TASP): 260 on Reading, 240 on Writing, and 240 on Mathematics.
- SAT: combined score of 1070 with at least 500 on both verbal and mathematics.
- ACT: composite score of 23 with at least 20 on English and mathematics.
- COMPASS: 89 on reading, 49 on math, and 6 on writing essay (or 5 with writing skills 59).
- TSI exemption on the basis of TAKS scores or other alternatives documented on transcript.
- Grade of “C” or better in COMM 1315, or other evidence of oral communication proficiency.
- Completion of at least 48 semester credit hours (SCH), including credits at UTPB and credits earned elsewhere, and including a minimum of 12 SCH in the specific content area for the certification sought (or 15 SCH if the certification sought is for math or science at or above Grade 7).
- An overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.50 or the Texas Education Agency standard in effect at the time of a candidate’s admission to the program.
- A grade point average of 2.75 or higher in the teaching field.
- A GPA of 2.75 or higher in the professional foundations courses, with no grade lower than a “C”.
- Certification plan signed by the certification advisor and filed with the Certification Office.
- Degree plan signed by the major advisor and filed with the Certification Office.
- Submit two letters of recommendation and a 200-300 word essay addressing “Why I Want to Teach.”
- Application for admission to the certification program submitted digitally through our Tk20 portal.
Certification students who have been inactive for two or more successive “long” semesters must have their certification plan reevaluated, with the possibility of being required to apply for readmission to the teacher preparation program.
Maximum Age of Education Courses
The maximum age of education courses to be used for certification purposes shall be five years. Courses more than five years old may be applied contingent upon submission of a certification petition and the written approval of the Dean.
Student Teaching or Internship
Candidates for student teaching or internship must have a 2.50 overall GPA or the Texas Education Agency standard in effect at the time of a candidate’s admission to the program, and a GPA of 2.75 in the content area and education courses. All education courses must be completed prior to student teaching, or permission obtained to take a course concurrently. Undergraduates can lack no more than 6 hours plus student teaching to finish their degree. The appropriate content area TExES exam(s) and the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) TExES exam must be attempted prior to student teaching.
Candidates who have previously received the THECB Educational Aide Exemption are exempt from student teaching and internship. Candidates for internship must have a bachelor’s degree or higher, and must have passed the appropriate content area TExES exam
Student teachers maintain the daily schedule required of the public school mentor teachers to whom they are assigned for a period of 14 weeks. Internships are completed as a contracted teacher for one academic year. Applications for admission to student teaching must be received by the following dates:
Fall Student Teaching Application Deadline is March 10th
Spring Student Teaching Application Deadline is October 10th
Certification Testing Requirements
Candidates for certification must pass appropriate Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES). Candidates must pass two tests: one in the content-area and one in pedagogy and professional practices. Candidates seeking Bilingual certification must also pass the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) and the Bilingual Supplemental TExES. Candidates seeking Spanish certification must pass the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Spanish TExES.
Candidates who are seeking to take examinations through UT Permian Basin must, prior to approval, demonstrate their preparedness on representative pretests or through satisfactory completion of an approved plan of study. Pretests are offered throughout the year and must be taken by all candidates for certification through UTPB prior to enrolling in methods courses related to the candidate’s certification. Coursework or tutoring will be recommended for students who are unsuccessful on pretests. Students who are unsuccessful on the PPR pretest must enroll in a test preparation module while completing methods courses.
Content Area Requirements
As part of their academic preparation, candidates for certification in content-area specializations must have completed the courses required for the appropriate academic major. Candidates for certification in multi-subject specializations must complete the appropriate major, minor, and any supporting courses.
Art EC-12: Complete the courses for the BA in Art.
Business Education 6-12: Complete the courses for the BBA in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, or Marketing.
Chemistry 7-12: Complete the courses for the BS in Chemistry.
Computer Science 8-12: Complete the courses for the BS in Computer Science.
English Language Arts & Reading 4-8: Complete the courses for the BA in English.
English Language Arts & Reading 7-12: Complete the courses for the BA in English.
English Language Arts, Reading, & Social Studies 4-8: Complete the courses for the BA in English with a minor in History, or for the BA in History with a minor in English. In addition complete ECON 2301 and two Geography courses.
History 7-12: Complete the courses for the BA in History, including a course in Texas history.
Journalism 7-12: Complete the courses for the BA in Communication, including COMM 4320.
Languages Other Than English: Spanish EC-12: Complete the courses for the BA in Spanish.
Life Science 7-12: Complete the courses for the BS in Biology.
Mathematics 4-8: Complete the courses for the BS in Mathematics, or for the BA in Multidisciplinary Studies with 24 credit hours in mathematics, including 12 credits at the 3000-level or higher.
Mathematics 7-12: Complete the courses for the BS in Mathematics.
Mathematics & Science 4-8: Complete the courses for the BS in Biology with a minor in Mathematics. In addition complete GEOL 1301/1101 and PHYS 1301/1101 or GEOL 1302/1102.
Music EC-12: Complete the courses for the BM in Music.
Physical Education EC-12: Complete the courses for the BS in Kinesiology (Pre-Professional track).
Physical Science 7-12: Complete the courses for the BS in Chemistry, including PHYS 2325/2125 and PHYS 2326/2126.
Science 4-8: Complete the courses for the BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry or Geology. In addition complete PHYS 1301/1101.
Science 7-12: Complete the courses for the BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, or for the BS in Chemistry with a minor in Biology. In addition complete GEOL 1301/1101, PHYS 1301/1101 or PHYS 2325/2125, and either GEOL 1302/1102 or PHYS 1302/1102 or PHYS 2326/2126.
Social Studies 4-8: Complete the courses for the BA in History with a minor in Political Science. In addition complete ECON 2301 and two Geography courses.
Social Studies 7-12: Complete the courses for the BA in History with a minor in Political Science. In addition complete ECON 2301, ECON 2302, and two Geography courses.
Speech 7-12: Complete the courses for the BA in Communication, including COMM 4320 and 4355
Enrollment in the following courses is restricted to students who have applied for and been accepted into the Teacher Certification Program: EDUC 4312, 4315, 4316, 4317, 4321, 4322, 4324, 4325, 4326, 4327, 4333, 4334, 4336, 4363, 4370, 4371, 4372, 4373, 4374, 4375, 4376, 4377, and 4378.
Enrollment in the following courses is restricted to students who have applied for and been accepted into Student Teaching or Internship: EDUC 4099, 4381, 4680, 4681, 4682, 4684, 4685, 4686, and 4692.
Dr. Yolanda Salgado, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education
Area Coordinator for Bilingual/ESL Education
Bilingual Education concerns are part of Dr. Salgado’s agenda in her teaching, research, and service activities. Her focus of study seeks to identify the different perceptions that communities of immigrant parents take into consideration when making decisions for their child’s placement in a public school classroom.
Child and Family Studies
Administered by the Department of Curriculum and Instructions within the College of Education.
The Child and Family Studies major is designed to provide a sound academic foundation for persons planning to work with and/or study children and their families in various contexts. Students will take coursework focusing on typical and atypical development of children, roles children play in our overall society, diverse relationships within families, multicultural perspectives of the family, and methods used to research issues related to children and their families. After graduating with this major, students may have careers in teaching, early childhood program management, social agencies, non-profit foundations, or any other service/organization related to children and families. In addition they may wish to continue their education in graduate programs or professional schools.
In the Child and Family Studies major, students must choose a focus of study from one of three tracks: Learning and Development; Social Agencies; or Applied Research. The Learning and Development track focuses on: the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of children; issues that involve relationships among families with children; and atypical development of children. Some students in this track also seek teacher certification. The Social Agencies track takes a multicultural perspective on issues related to children and families in society. It includes courses dealing with social work, health, and other topics related to the child and the modern family. Designed to appeal to students interested in scientifically investigating issues in child and family development, the Applied Research track includes: the study of life-span development; examination of social, cognitive, health and atypical development; and applications of research to developmental issues.
This major is designed to facilitate a seamless transition to The University of Texas of the Permian Basin for the community college student who has completed Texas Early Childhood Articulated (TECA) courses. The four TECA courses that will be incorporated in the program’s coursework include: TECA 1303 Families, School, and Community; TECA 1311 Educating Young Children; TECA 1318 Wellness of the Young Child; and TECA 1354 Child Growth and Development.
Administered by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction within the College of Education.
The Multidisciplinary Studies major is designed to provide future elementary and middle school teachers with a sound academic foundation in the Humanities, Science, Mathematics, and Social Sciences, joined with preparation in Reading and Pedagogy. Drawing on a rich tradition of interdisciplinary study, the primary objective of the program is to provide future teachers with the academic knowledge and pedagogical competency to become effective classroom educators.
The Multidisciplinary Studies degree features tracks for Grades EC-6 teacher certification, Grades 4-8 teacher certification, and a General Studies track for students who are not seeking certification.
Administered by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction within the College of Education.
The Reading Minor allows the student to develop his or her knowledge of the complex processes involved in learning to read and write. The Reading minor is appropriate for prospective teachers seeking to strengthen their background preparation in this critical area. The courses offer students opportunities to work in a variety of contexts with readers at different developmental levels, from diverse linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. To consult with a faculty advisor, call (432) 552-2145.
Administered by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction within the Collge of Education, the Special Populations Minor provides insight and understanding into the world of the exceptional children, especially primary and secondary school students.